Besides the resident pheasant that began appearing over a month ago, the backyard is a refuge to a variety of animals. As much as I would like to take credit for that, it is really the efforts of the previous homeowners. Besides the standard bird and hummingbird feeders and numerous birdhouses, there are squirrel feeders and amusingly a squirrel barn and ramp. Yes, a squirrel barn and a ramp that connects the barn situated on the inner fence to the outer fence.
Of course, part of what I do each day is making sure the feeders – including the ones I have added are supplied with seed and frequently supplemented with roasted peanuts in shell (that I get in bulk). One of the household budget line items I have is food for the outside critters. Even though it is the middle of winter, there is definitely an amount of joy to see colorful birds and now some of the overly friendly squirrels run up when they sense there might be peanuts in my hand. Even in the rain, the critters are all out there. When it rains the squirrels still feast, but they place their bushy tail over their backs and head as a sort of makeshift umbrella. I have a smile on my face while typing that and thinking about it.
I suppose that is why many people have pets. We are not paying for the care and maintenance without a reason. There is a psychological and even a physiological mutual benefit that occurs between animals and humans. And this holds true even for wild animals we do not control through domestication, but we still have a connection and symbiotic relationship with.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 300mm, f/5.6, 1/80 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Resident Squirrel, Waiting on Fence. Cameron Park, CA. January 06, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.