Northern Indiana's Fox Squirrels


The Wonder of AnimalsAfter spending most of the summer and fall observing my neighbor Jo Ann’s squirrels, I decided I wanted my own little group. Naturally, my group also is Jo Ann’s group or at least, part of Jo Ann’s group, and they have their meals at her diner first. I think it is because she has gourmet food and I’m still serving bread bits and unsalted peanuts. I will improve my menu as soon as I learn more about what is healthy for them to eat. I had no idea that certain foods were unhealthy and even dangerous to give to squirrels. I thought that, since they are scavengers, anything would do. Wrong.

Indiana's Fox Squirrel

Indiana’s Fox Squirrel

A note here regarding my research, as I call it. First, posts are limited in size, so information regarding the Fox squirrel will be shared in many posts, and second, I found many websites that spent more time writing about the pesky side of squirrels and little about the value of squirrels. I find that in our world today there is so much negative about everything, I decided to concentrate on the positive side of squirrels. Yes, they can be pests, but then, can’t we all – whether 4 feet or 2?

Early sitting on the porch railing waiting for breakfast.Early sitting on the porch railing waiting for breakfast.

Ending my first week or so of squirrel researching and watching, I have recruited one little squirrel to my diner. I call him Early, and he faithfully waits for me every morning between 7 and 7:15. It took me a few days to realize that I had inadvertently set the breakfast time and this little guy (I think he is a boy) has taken my initial put-the-food-out time as THE time. I realized this when, after three days into my feeding, I opened the blinds to a cute little reddish-brown squirrel sitting on the window ledge looking at me. The next day, he was sitting up on the porch railing, about 6 inches from the door, waiting, and when I opened the door with breakfast, he jumped over to the top of the storage shed (the diner), turned and stared. I got the idea. His behavior seems to be set in stone – he has me trained. If I am late serving breakfast and I hear him chattering, guilt engulfs me and I hurry to get breakfast served. (Funny how we humans are able to train animals, isn’t it?!)

4/10/2015 12:14:10 PM

I loved your article about you & Early... I live in La Porte IN, moved here from Portage. I remember growing up, I used to feed the squirrels all the time....we had either the Red Squirrels or the Fox Squirrels - not sure which....but the squirrel in your pics, look just like the ones I used to feed. I hope you keep writing for a long time, I really enjoy reading your articles. : )

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