Sunday, May 21, 2006

In which Alice is proved wrong

Remember when I had problems with pigeons? No, not that time. The other time.

Anyway, Sean left this comment at the time:

You think the pigeons are bad?

Just wait till the squirrels find your pretty feeders.

On the up-side, you will get to watch the ominous Squirrel/Pigeon war as it unfolds. In future days, you will be able to refer to it as the war of aught-six, and discuss the cunning infantry rushes, or the role of Air-power in controlling strategic feeder positions.

Or, you could just dust off and nuke the site from orbit.It's the only way to be sure.

And what was my response? I laughed. Oh, I laughed.

Don't worry about me, I laughed. Squirrels aren't nearly as common here as they are in Canada. I've only ever seen them in parks. I'm sure it won't be a problem. Ha ha, I laughed. Squirrels. How silly.

So, I'm sitting this morning, drinking a cup of coffee and watching the Golden Girls (it was the episode where Blanche gives the other girls a share in the house to avoid one of them being evicted and Dorothy finds out that Sophia was married before she married Dorothy's father).

Anyway, I hear a bit of rustling in the garden. And what do I see?

Oh, that's right. It's a squirrel. And I can't be sure about this, but I think he's eating a peanut from the feeder. His eyes weren't as glowing red and evil as they appear in the photo. He was actually kind of cute. Or, he was until he started to make a run for it.

He knew I was watching! Look at him! He's out to get me!! I'll be keeping an eye on this little sneaky squirrel, you can count on that.

But I've got to say. I'd take ten thousand of these little bastards over even one pigeon. They're vermin, I tell you. VERMIN!

(And now I've got a terrifying vision of ten thousand evil squirrels out to get me. Enter nightmares ........ now.)


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, looks like you ahave a scout there. Judging from the markings, I'd Say he's from the 102cnd Light infantry Battalion - the Screaming Furries (We'll give up our lives before we give up our nuts).

Seems the strategic value of your feeder has been noticed, and the Pigeon's security has been compromised. You should see some early manouvers soon, and full scale pitched battle cannot be far behind.

I envy your place and your ability to watch history unfold. Please keep us updated.


Janice said...

Hi Alice,

If you to advoid WWIII when squirrels attack, then I would suggest you run to the supper market and get some powdered hot pepper to mix with the bird seed. And the hotter the better! At Wal-mart here in the states; you can get a real hot powder pepper especially mixed for the dreaded squirrel bird seed munchers.

Good luck!


Anonymous said...

I'm cheering for the squirrels.