Squirrel building a nest

Planning on triplets?

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It’s fun to watch the squirrels this time of year. They apparently know that winter is coming and that they need to stock up on food.

Ground squirrel munching down at Lake Murray in La Mesa, California

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It’s also a lot of fun to help them meet their food needs:

Ground squirrel colony at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego, California

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Feeding the squirrels

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Squirrel at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego

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Ground squirrel colony at Chollas Lake Park in San Diego, California

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Occasionally food is not the concern, as with this little one:

Squirrel building a nest

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That little one has so much building material for the nest that I’m thinking they are planning on triplets!

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14 thoughts on “Planning on triplets?

  1. appletonavenue

    Very cute photos, but I wouldn’t let a squirrel get that close to me. They can carry disease like rabies. I made a few holiday wreaths made out of acorns. The squirrels ate every nut in about three days. I still have three wreaths left. I’ll be putting them out for the squirrels tomorrow.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      Dogs also can carry diseases like rabies, and let’s not forget “cat scratch fever” from our little kitties. It’s not hard to determine which animals have rabies, though, and those that do won’t be coming up to you begging for food.

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        1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

          I grew up on a large farm with snakes, birds, cows, horses, deer, wild pigs, dogs, cats, rats, raccoons, opossums, and probably some others. We learned very early how to recognize rabid animals. If you’ve ever seen the movie “Cujo” that took a rabid dog to the extreme but is valid nonetheless.

          Now if you see a dead animal, never touch it with bare skin. Doesn’t matter what kind of animal it is. Shovel and plastic bag, gloves to be washed, whatever, but never touch it with bare skin.

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          1. appletonavenue

            I imagine if you were around enough animals to know what sort of activity or action was normal would be second nature. Now I know who to go to with my animal questions. Thanks for the advice.

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  2. naomimgruer

    Wow, thanks! You wrote a post for me because I was planning for triplets–for real. Of course, now my triplets are big kids but I’ll never forget feathering my nest and storing acorns for the loonnnng winter ahead.

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  3. PigLove

    OMP (Oh my pig)! You are the bestest for taking care of our little friends outside. They need help in the winter. These pictures are the cutest I’ve ever seen!! XOXO – Bacon

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