Who knew? Emily did and posted a link to my FB page- National Squirrel Appreciation Day… alas, it was today so missed the boat on that one but since I promised you an introduction here goes…a double post day!!
Meet Squirrelly Gurl- sometimes referred to as SG for short (kinda sounds like Shibori Girl doesn’t it?) .
She appeared a little over a year ago (I think) and was just hanging around on the fence rails as I worked outside, watching. I started putting a few nuts up there and soon we became fast friends.
Soon enough she started letting me hand feed her. Actually she started reaching out to me as I reached out to put nuts on the fence rail. Scared me a bit at first but she was kind and patient with me and trained me how to feed her without fear. I could take advantage of her trust by using her instinct to eat but I want her to stay wild to the degree that an urban squirrel should. I could write all night about her adventures and have here and there on FB but maybe some of it is easier told in a photo gallery to begin…she is just so darn photogenic! (you can click to enlarge any of the photos)
So there you have it- a few of her many adventures. I have hundreds of photos of her and she can be quite a distraction out in the studio. She hears me and comes right down for nuts. Mostly she eats fresh walnuts as those are my favorites too. I get them from a grower here in CA in the shell (they ship all over). I keep fresh water for her on the fence rail. She had a baby that died- we called him Snaggletooth. So far since moving into her palm tree highrise she has had two litters up there and is preparing for a third (they will have two a year if conditions are good).
And of course, she LOVES silk. And Spanish Moss. More on that later.
Goodnight from us both-
“I knew when I met you an adventure was going to happen.”
― A.A. Milne