Jun 14 2008
This morning at breakfast I watched a gray squirrel mosey along the garden wall, pick a ripe strawberry and begin to munch on it. My black cat crouched at the window and muttered, but the squirrel knew the cat could not get out. He nonchalantly ate half the strawberry and dropped it on my deck.
Annoying! He ate only half and then he littered.
And what was he doing eating fruit?
It turns out that gray squirrels specialize in nuts but they also eat fruit, insects, bird eggs and nestlings.
That explains the scuffle I saw yesterday. I found a squirrel running out of a tree hotly pursued by a pair of robins. The robins meant business and were trying to peck him. I figured they were defending their nest so I tried to help by chasing the squirrel away. I have no idea if that was effective.
It’s a difficult time for nesting birds. The nuts aren’t ripe yet and the squirrels are hungry. The only mitigating factor is that the red-tailed hawks are hungry too… for squirrels.