Eastern Gray Squirrel Loves Corn on the Cob

I recently added a new feature to our backyard feeders — dried corn on the cob. The goal is to draw squirrels to the living room window so I can photograph them. So far, four different squirrels have munched on the corn. The squirrels take a circuitous route to get to the corn. They begin their jaunt in the towering pine in our front yard. From there the squirrels jump on the two-story part of our house, run down the roof, jump on the one-story part, and make their way to the corn.

eastern gray squirrel

eastern gray squirrel

eastern gray squirrel

eastern gray squirrel

eastern gray squirrel

eastern gray squirrel

eastern gray squirrel

eastern gray squirrel

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6 Comments

  1. Karen the rock whisperer

    I love the pose of one foot on the cob and the other on the rail. He looks actually comfortable, in a position that makes me kinda hurt just to think about it!

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  2. Geoff

    Great pictures Bruce. Really cute squirrel.

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  3. Zoe

    I love squirrels. o_O :mrgreen:

    I saw the biggest grey squirrel I’ve ever seen in our garden yesterday. Told Biker Dude it reminded me of a small racoon. Exaggerating? Maybe. 😉

    The squirrels have been going nuts looking for their nuts. Last year we downsized one of our gardens. BD, dug it all up, to get out tulip, daffodil and allium bulbs. This spring he was out still digging out bulbs that he missed in the fall and he came across all kinds of nuts the squirrels had buried in the fall. Now they are out there digging to the centre of the earth looking for their nuts and the hole keeps getting bigger and deeper! Biker Dude stole their nuts! 😯

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    1. Bruce Gerencser (Post author)

      Our squirrels are young…maybe last year’s births. They love our flower beds for the very reason you mention in your comment. We don’t have any nut trees in our yard, so they must pack a lunch, bury it in our beds, and then eat the corn and attempt to raid the bird feeders. Ornery animals. ??

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    2. Grammar Gramma

      Ugh! I hate squirrels. They are just rodents, made cute by their bushy tails. In south Louisiana, we removed three from our attic, where they had settled in, and we had to cut a hole in our wall to remove a baby squirrel who had fallen down between our kitchen and dining room. Now here in central Texas, they eat our pears. We have a pear tree in our back yard which probably bears 500 or more pears every year. We never get a one — the squirrels pick them before they are mature and run off with them, or take a bit out of them, or just knock them to the ground. We are live-trapping them, marking them, and removing them some 10 miles away, across a river. We have transported about six this year and so far none have come back. But new ones arrive in their place. I could do without squirrels forever. 😛
      That said, your pictures are lovely, Bruce.

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      1. Zoe

        From one Gramma to another, I see why you hate squirrels Grammar Gramma. 😯 They helped themselves to breakfast every morning in our pear tree too. And they have always feasted on our sunflowers, often bending tall 10 foot stalks over and annoying me a bit. The only time they’ve bothered me about the garden though is helping themselves to our peas. Over the years I made peace with them. We’ve never had them in our attic or house ever. If so I’m most sure then it would be a love slash hate relationship with heavy emphasis on the hate.

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