We used to have a dozen or so squirrels eat sunflower seeds beneath our
bird feeder all day long. Trying to keep them off the feeder was a lot
of fun for us. Then one day this month they just stopped showing up. It
is as if they migrated en masse or were exterminated or cleansed or
something. Can someone provide some explanation for their disappearance
please? My children are inconsolable because of their absence. Any
suggestions on how to attract them back home would be appreciated. I
know they are a nuisance but I'd rather have them than having an empty
It could be something as simple as someone in the neighborhood with a
But if your rodents are truly gone you can come to my place next spring
with a live trap and some carriers and take a replacement dozen (or two
or three). The oak and hickory trees were very productive this year and
the nuts are thick on the ground. That invariably means that the woods
around here will be overflowing with young squirrels by early spring.
Either something* has been hunting the squirrels or they are off feasting on
a nut tree somewhere else in the neighborhood and will come back after
they have finished eating/storing the nuts. Squirrels do not live by
sunflower seeds alone.
*Could be a cat or some other four-footed predator, or could be a hawk.
Just this week I saw a large hawk make a try for a squirrel. The squirrel
dodged very neatly, then ran around tauntlingly while the poor hawk
just stood and stared. (I wouldn't have minded if the hawk had gotten
the squirrel. Hawks have to eat, too.)
Pat in Plymouth MI ('someplace.net' is comcast)
Any technology distinguishable from magic is insufficiently advanced.
I've noticed a scarcity of squirrels around here too. Maybe they're forming
a million squirrel march on Washington.
But, seriously, over the years, I see animal populations wax and wane.
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