Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Leaving peanuts on the porch for squirrels has become a fun family tradition, kind of like having proxy pets. Eventually they come running at the sound of the sliding door and maybe even take peanuts from your hand. The initial offerings earned mixed reviews, but then apparently the word got out.
I usually leave a handful of peanuts outside first thing in the morning and then go about my business. Liking the idea of a free lunch in addition to breakfast, the squirrels would tap the glass when the supply ran out, jump on the screen door and rattle the handle. We could usually just ignore them, and they would go back to their regularly scheduled foraging routine.
But lately I've been frequently interrupted from my work in the back bedroom by a crashing thump on the window. Now the Beady-Eye Brigade knows where to find me when the service isn't up to par. They cleaned out the peanut stockpile yesterday and I had to dip into some old (and mostly decorative) mixed nuts in the shell from last Christmas. I hope they don't expect almonds and walnuts next time.