The " Squirrel Roadhouse Diner "

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  1. Yvonne Smith

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    We have two bird feeders on the front deck and keep them filled with birdseed for the hungry little birds to come and eat every day.
    The squirrels (who are a brazen lot) will come right down the side of the porch railings and jump onto the bird feeder, stealing some of the food, and dumping a lot more of it in the process.
    We have been taking the feeders inside, so that the birds and squirrels will clean up the mess of seeds left on the porch. This works especially well for the little mourning doves, who are also too large for the feeder.
    We have a whole little flock of doves that walk up the ramp and onto the porch every day for their breakfast and dinner.
    So, anyway, we got some food for the squirrels that has corn and some of the larger seeds that they love to eat, and I have been spreading that out on the front lawn and they have been gobbling it up like crazy.
    Today, Bobby made them their very own Roadhouse Diner and put it up on the cedar tree where they sit and look at us from.
    It probably won't take long for them to find it, and if I can get a picture of the squirrels having dinner, I will post that.
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  2. Joe Riley

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    I can just picture that!:D
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    Fabulous...I love that Yvonne... great job Bobby... :D
     
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    I am amused with squirrels maybe because of the chipmunks, the cartoon. We have no squirrels here although there was news some years ago that squirrels were spotted in Forbes Park - that is the classiest village here where the residents are all rich. Upon investigation, it was found out that the squirrels were real, there were 3, I think. And the authorities surmised that someone had brought the squirrels and let loose inside the village. Naturally the squirrels were caught and given to the zoo.
     
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    We have lots of squirrels here , here's one of our regular visitors in the garden ..I can get up to about 10 feet near him..but that's all he'll allow me then he wants to run...so I have to zoom in on him..

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    Yes, now we have another diner. It took 10 minutes and some scrap wood along with about a dozen screws and we are now back in business. We have to put out some applications though for employees because my wife and I are hard pressed controlling the crowds. As it is, I have to toss out our first customer at the squirrel table because he's being downright rude. He obviously doesn't like the seasoning of his meal because he sits in it while picking up the corn around him. Possibly there is an herb out there which emulates the smell and taste of squirrel butt although I have never heard of it.

    I think what I need in an employee is someone with a good reparte' when it comes to different cultures and races. The Doves are generally skittish and dine from the ground level but a couple of them get quite demanding and want time at the small bird feeder which they only make a mess of. The Cardinals are really picky and only want their kind at the table and give the Swallow family very little time in which to finish their meals.
    Everyone argues a lot and frankly I am getting a little frustrated. It seems that the only bird that is totally content is my wife's plastic Flamingo in our front yard strawberry patch.

    I do think there might be some solution to my present problems but for right now it might be prudent to simply get out the old blunderbuss squirt gun. Not unlike an old sheriff in a bad western, it seems that a good report from the squirt gun gets everyone's attention. At least, for a moment.

    Perhaps good ol' Obama will take a trip here and have a talk with the squirrels and birds before they start terrorizing my house and threatening to burn it down. One small Finch has already crashed into the front glass door of the house about 15 minutes ago because another squirrel was raiding the food from one of the bird feeders.

    Know any Cranes or Peacocks who might want a job? Doesn't pay much more than peanuts but it's a full time job in a part time job market.
     
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    Just be sure to serve Hazelnut flavored coffee, and they will come!;)

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    I hope you realize that one of your "squirrels" is actually a hamster, @Joe Riley ?
    The Roadhouse Diner has taken the squirrel residents here by storm, or so it seems. We have had them chomping down the food, and even had a waiting line of squirrels further up the tree, hoping to be seated at the dining table next.
    The mourning doves invited all of their friends and relatives to dine out at the buffet table; and they are picking up everything that the squirrels drop off of the squirrel feeder.
    We both just love watching all of these little guys eating and enjoying themselves. So far, the only issue we have had , is the neighbor's cat; who appears to be thinking about corn-stuffed squirrel or dove for his dinner.
    Since he doesn't have reservations, Bobby usually shoos him out.
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    Yep, I know...squirrel, hamster & raccoon...the great outdoor coffee customers! There's probably more.:D
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    Squirrels are cute but they will steal as much bird food as they can. I hope your adorable little "diner" keeps them out of the bird feeders Yvonne. I tried stewing huge bags of unsalted peanuts in the wooded area out back but that did not stop them.
     
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    I see my wife has mentioned that there is a cat in the mix. It's not just a stray cat who is trying to indulge himself on dove or squirrel. No, not just some ordinary stray cat. He,s a white skinny cat. He's a white skinny doggone cat. He's a white doggone skinny cat who does his potty chores in my wood shop. Hes a white skinny doggone cat who does his potty chores in my wood shop and belongs to the dad blamed neighbors!! Who,(the cat) just happens to also bug the local wildlife critters feeding at our diners and buffets and has brought two of his guests with him. A grey cat and a calico. Go figure. If ya gotta be a pest to one you might as well be a pest to somebody else and bring your gang with you.

    I think I need to check out the gal next door and make sure she isn't one of those ISIS people. Yeah, I'd better do that. Maybe she's sending her cat(s) to our house to spy on us for a possible Jehad or somethin'. The white cat could be the leader bringing his Harem with him and one of them might be a suicide bomber and there goes the entire diner up in smoke carrying with it all the squirrels and doves who patronize the buffets.

    Yup, it's a plot alright. Better make sure my trusty squirt gun is locked and loaded. Next time it's.........here kitty kitty!


     
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    My cat refers to the squirrel/bird feeders as bait stations. She has never actually engaged with a squirrel, although she has taken down a couple of birds. The squirrels are awfully fast for her, and a whole lot more adept in the trees, so I don't know what her chances there might be. She stalks the squirrels all the time but I think I've heard them laughing at her. I can usually tell where she is when she's outside because the squirrels will be scolding her. They even come down closer to her to be sure that she can hear what they're saying to her.
     
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    That was funny! I did laugh out loud.
     
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    I have a few squirrels in my yard but don't feed them because Pickles is a killer. Before I let him out back I make a lot of noise opening the sliding door to give all the squirrels and birds a head start in running or flying.
     
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    Bobby, on Sunday, you might want to have the TV on, so the squirrels can watch the game and scream with the rest of us!:eek:

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    I am not at all persuaded that these latest squirrels which have invaded the yard and trees are really the United States of American football loving variety of fuzzy tailed, sunflower seed eating, buck-toothed, rodents.

    Always the optimist I have tried to be patient with one and all but truly have discovered that there seems to be some sort of language barrier in the diner these days coupled with a show of preference toward ethnic foods.
    While all of our guests do prefer the larger sunflower seeds, I believe I saw one of two bring a bottle of hot sauce and yet another had a piece of pita bread in his mouth.
    Upon experimentation we find that 2 out of 5 prefer salsa with their meal and 2 out of 5 like humus, frequently sit on the outdoor carpet and also frequently wash their feet in an almost empty flower pot, but only 1 out of the control group likes their seeds southern fried and was found later sitting on a limb and picking his teeth.

    With all of the test information at hand, the results leads me to believe that the majority of the squirrels would prefer soccer rather than our conventional American football. Even that said, Alabama squirrels have reconciled themselves to the fact that the U.S. only has two football teams (Alabama and Auburn) from which to pick. Since neither one of them is playing, Sunday is just another Sunday at the local church house or at the diner.
     
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    The Italian squirrels are a little smarter!;)

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    Now, that's funny!
     
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    Yesterday, I found an ear of corn that we didn’t eat right away, and it looked withered; so I took it out of the refrigerator, and tossed it out under the tree for the squirrels to find and eat.
    Today, we went outside and I discovered that the squirrel(s) had hauled the whole ear of corn up the tree somehow, and put it on their little roadhouse food perch that Bobby made for them.
    We have not been putting food up there lately, so I was surprised that they had carried the corn all of the way up there and not just eaten it on the ground.
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    I always get a kick out of these squirrel wheels.

     
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    They are eating "High on the Cob"!
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