Thursday, January 28, 2010

And the livin' is easy.

This morning the weatherman reported that this has been Vancouver's warmest January since records started being kept eight decades ago. That's good for the heating bill, and also for the critters, native and non-native (e.g., Eastern Gray Squirrels); they also have to burn less fuel to keep warm. On top of that, the ground is littered with Douglas fir cones, thanks to a series of wind storms. It's a good time to be a squirrel.

5 comments:

debsgarden said...

What a cute squirrel! We have lots of those in our yard, too. They bury their nuts all over the place, especially the planter in front of my house.

"Planter?" says the squirrel. "Why, then, that's what it's for!"
I found you through Blotanical; I look forward to your future posts and hope to get to know you and your garden better.

Garden Lily said...

I guess the warm winter means that we will be seeing more of these little bandits this year. There were a few of them scoping out my yard from the perimeter (fence) today. I hope they're not eating my bulbs already.

randomtruth said...

It ain't summertime yet jazzman, but as you say, it sure seems like it. I saw several california ground squirrels today. They're supposed to be hibernating...

Hugh said...

Debsgarden, Hi, thanks, and good luck with your squirrels. Planting is better than stealing (your bulbs).

Lily, they are remarkably clever bulb-thieves. They leave such tidy, evenly spaced holes. Hope they find something else to eat.

Ken, this El Nino is a doozy. It only snowed here once, on Dec 9, and it was so paltry you didn't have to shovel. Florida has had a more credible winter.

Karen said...

We never did get any snow. What a weird winter. I worry about pest cycles and other things being disrupted by the warmth. Bigger, fatter, stronger squirrels might be the least of it!?!