They’re back! The three squirrels. Taking over the bird table again and chewing through the string on one of the hanging feeders. One of them was grappling with the coconut on the ground where it had lain for a few days after having been dislodged by one or other of our bushy-tailed invaders. He seemed to be having the most fun of the three of them, with his hands holding onto the edge of the shell while his head vanished inside in search of the creamy flesh. Pity coconuts are not a little smaller. With a little effort and the element of surprise, I could bounce him in true Tigger style, and our little chum could be wearing a small brown helmet permanently.
When its head reappeared, I noticed that it had white flashes on its ears. Wow! I’d never seen that before. Is he the only one, a trendsetter? Perhaps it’s the latest must-have sciurine accessory. Perhaps they’ll all be bearing them next season. Or maybe they’re all wearing them already – I must look more closely next time I jump them from the back door.