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non Squirrel type rodent
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Posted By: normhead, 05-14-2011, 04:24 PM

The dogs are going to get him one of these days, but for now, he raids the bird feeder.


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looks like a chipmunk to me.
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whatever it is - its cute....
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A chipmunk for sure Bob, I just knew Rupert wouldn't look if the word squirrel wasn't in the title.

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good point Norm, I think every thread I start will have the word squirrel in it. "Squirrel at the bottom of the Grand Canyon". Bob
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Those look like the critters we have around here every so often.
They usually come in spring, but don't last long though.
I suspect it has something to with the 7 cats we have hanging around our yard.
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I'll put my money on the chipmunk Our Jack Russel has been trying to catch these in our yard for 5 years now with no luck. She gets so frustrated she just stands and quivers Then digs a hole a foot deep trying to get to-em !

Nice capture !

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Cats love these.

Very cute photo, though! Look at his little fingers!

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Handsome little fellow! Otis says he is a "Toy Squirrel".......and would love to have some around here!
Everyone is so sure that Squirrels are vulnerable to cats and dogs.....really?
BBC NEWS | Europe | Russian squirrel pack 'kills dog'

Best Regards & Thanks for the little critter!
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Beautiful cutie, love it!
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I'm not really sure how you knew about these attacks Rupert... is there some kind of "squirrel news service" that you are part of? Squirrelsquire" or perhaps, "The Chipmonk Times"?
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Actually Rupert is quite right. Chipmunks are a type of smaller squirrels. I like them a lot actually. Don't see them as much as I used to when I was a kid though. Lots of gray squirrels here but not too many of the little chipmunks.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chipmunk

The solution for diverting the squirrels and chipmunks from the bird food is peanut butter. If you put some PB on a dried corn cob and cover it with a bit of bird seed, hang it up below the bird seed feeder or close by most of the time they'll head straight for it and leave the bird seed well alone. (A bunch of raisins is also good stuck on.) They just love the peanut butter and it helps them put weight on when they need it besides. I do that, also leave out a milk container of raw nuts up somewhere where only the squirrels are likely to be once in a while.
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Gee those are great ideas magkelly... our problem being we are trying to keep the size of the food available to a minimum, because we are in bear country. It's important that at night there is very little food left anywhere, so we'd have to be committed to bring in the squirrel food every night. We worry about waking up one night with a bear on our porch. We'll have to think about this for a bit, to see if it's something we might want to try, and how we'd implement it.
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