Riddle: How am I like a dog?
And what is Ronja staring at so avidly…?
Answer: Hearing a cry of SQUIRREL will get my attention every time…
We knew there were squirrels in the backyard, because we’ve seen them before, so when Husband announced a sighting, of course I grabbed the camera and ran out:
Peeking out like the ivy was an election booth (this was May 25), it was a real, live squirrel hanging out and just waiting for me to take a photo!
It was quite brave:
Some chatter was heard, and suddenly, they multiplied!
There was a wedding to be went to, but we (I) stood around watching these squirrels, when suddenly…
But wait, there’s more…
And yes, there were four!
And yes, they were all babies. Behind me is a willow tree and Mum was sitting in the branches, quietly watching us and watching Ronja and every now and then scolding her babbies for climbing down too close to the ground. It was obviously a First Lesson In Being Outside type of day, and those kids were sure unruly (they don’t hold still for photos, either).
Soon after this last photo I wrapped up to finally get in the car, and I saw Mum carrying one of her children in her mouth (and making some impressive flying leaps!) in a direction of more safety.
Well, one thing I know: Ronja will keep the neighbourhood cats away. And it was enough SQUEE for the entire weekend and then some.