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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby Paradise_Alley » Mon May 02, 2011 7:59 pm

The barricades did not prove to be adequate.
They have been replaced by a wire fence.
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Mon May 02, 2011 10:30 pm

my eucalyptus that seemed to keep them at bay has died..... :(
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby Paradise_Alley » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:44 pm

Recent additions to my mother's garden:
Baby/young/small additional squirrels.
A sparrowhawk that clearly got one of the local doves/pigeons.

Hedgehogs make a fair bit of noise do they not?
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:42 pm

Ooh yes I remember hedgehogs 'crying' in my Mums garden some years ago
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby Sveti » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:24 pm

CraftsbyCarolyn wrote:Ooh yes I remember hedgehogs 'crying' in my Mums garden some years ago


That's something I really didn't know, Carolyn. Wonder if it is just in the breeding season or something? Shall have to Google it.......

Sadly I never get them in my garden, (as high fencing all round it), so can't have a listen!
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby nannie mary » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:59 pm

There was one stuck down an outside drain gulley next door that screamed so loudly it sounded like pigs squealing. It did not come to any harm and we got it out (using two trowels !!) We watched it run away as if nothing had happened.
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Sat Aug 20, 2011 5:24 pm

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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby Paradise_Alley » Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:58 pm

I have gone off hedgehogs following a barefooted stomp in one of their deposits.
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:42 pm

it must have been small...
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby Paradise_Alley » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:50 pm

CraftsbyCarolyn wrote:it must have been small...

Wel, admittedly it wasn't horse or cow sized, but involved an impromptu foot washing session and several fervent damns and blasts. Of course, if I've done the local hedgehogs a DISSERVICE, I apologise but they are the likeliest candidates.
I am currently looking more closely where I stand following this incident.
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby groutman » Sun Sep 04, 2011 7:50 pm

Paradise_Alley wrote:I have gone off hedgehogs following a barefooted stomp in one of their deposits.



I have recently become acquainted with hedgehog poo (don't ask!), and it is black and about an inch and a quarter long, and about a quarter of an inch across.

May I ask the location of the alledged incident, and the reason you did not have adequate personal protective equipment?

Did you not do a risk assessment before walking barefoot? :)
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby Paradise_Alley » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:29 pm

groutman wrote:May I ask the location of the alledged incident, and the reason you did not have adequate personal protective equipment?

Concreted/patio area of back garden & couldn't be arsed.


groutman wrote:Did you not do a risk assessment before walking barefoot? :)

No. No I didn't. This was REMISS of me, though I don't usually bother with such TRIVIALITIES.
However, I do now.
That is all.
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby CraftsbyCarolyn » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:23 pm

On Sunday I filled up the bird bath with some lukewarm water as it was frozen, 30 minutes later there was a squirrel sat on it drinking what looked like the lot! grrrr

A collared dove then came down and dive bombed him!
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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby FlatScissors » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:38 pm

CraftsbyCarolyn wrote:On Sunday I filled up the bird bath with some lukewarm water as it was frozen, 30 minutes later there was a squirrel sat on it drinking what looked like the lot! grrrr

A collared dove then came down and dive bombed him!


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Re: Battle with Squirrels!

Postby Paradise_Alley » Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:42 pm

There has been a display of consumerism in my mother's garden.
I understand that when the supplies of sunflower hearts ran out, the FEEDERS were replenished with cheaper/substandard seeds. This led to the small birds BOYCOTTING the garden.
The substandard seeds have since been replaced by a fresh batch of sunflower hearts. Word has appeared to have got round among the small bird community and they have returned.
The local squirrels were the recipients of the unwanted seeds and jolly pleased they are too.
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