Squirrels and Pumpkins

After October and Halloween, hollowed+pumpkin Pumpkins and Squirrelswe usually place the pumpkins we used to decorate the porch and yard -off to the side in the woods adjacent to the house and garden.  And, every year, the squirrels will eventually chew their way into them looking for seeds  -or, to eat the pumpkin.  Not sure which they like most.

It is, apparently, not their favorite food because they don’t mess with them much until December, it seems. Perhaps they wait until they’ve been frozen and thawed a few times before they pay the pumpkins any attention.  I know after a couple freeze / thaw cycles they are softened up and they are much easier to burrow into -which should be neither here nor there.  When a squirrel wants to get into your house or shed, they are not easily dissuaded -they just gnaw their way in.

Nevertheless, it is funny to watch a squirrel going in and out of a pumpkin.  Out by the oak tree, the little bugger scooped out most of the seeds and left them in a pile right outside the hole.  I’m not really sure if they eat those seeds or not.  Maybe they just like to go in and out of a pumpkin.

When we were kids we lived across from a neighborhood store where a plow truck would pile the snow into a huge mound (it seemed huge at the time).  We used to burrow to the center of the snow-pile and pretend we were in an igloo.  We called it our Snow Fort.

I wonder if the squirrels just can’t resist burrowing into something they can climb into.  Although I do see evidence they eat the fleshy part of the pumpkin.  It looks like they prefer that over the seeds.  Pumpkins and squirrels: the big orange gourds are just one more way for the buggers to get into trouble.  One other thing -I noticed they didn’t bother with the cross-pollinated pumpkins out back.

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