After being attacked by that vicious snake a few weeks ago, I have been much more cautious trekking around the local lake. The snakes are gone now but red squirrels are still active.
I have been at the wrong end of a scolding from a squirrel and it wasn’t pleasant. I also knew they killed to eat so I have tried to keep my wits about me.
Yesterday, I was wandering around when I encountered a squirrel with obvious blood marks on its lips and paws. A fresh kill must be near by!
I hunkered down with my camera. As the squirrel ran away from the tree, I wondered what I would do if attacked.
Suddenly the squirrel stopped. Now it’s hard to know what it was thinking as it looked disdainfully at the snow. Perhaps it was concerned about finding more food for the long, cold months ahead. In any case it soon disappeared in the bush.
A few moments later the squirrel returned with what obviously must be bait for its next victim. It headed straight up the tree.
I could hardly get my camera repositioned before the squirrel sat down and started inhaling those berries like it was an eating contest. And why not? It was a beautiful sunny day, the berries looked good, so enjoy the present. I certainly over estimated its concern about winter.
On a full stomach, the squirrel was likely a little less vicious, so I relaxed a bit. I looked around for the source of the blood but didn’t find anything. I slowly retreated – thankful to leave unharmed.