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#1 ckn

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

It's getting to spring again and the squirrels are at it again in the gutters getting their nesting materials and being a downright nuisance with their squirrelling away reverberating through the house.

I had to have the Sky engineer out at the weekend to replace cables that the squirrels had decided would be tasty treats. Pity it wasn't higher ampage going through there.

I'm normally an animal lover and very tolerant of squirrels but it's getting to the point where squirrel-rage is beginning to win

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#2 Griff9of13

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:32 AM

It is them pesky, oversized, Yank grey ones and not our native reds I presume you are talking about.
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#3 ckn

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:33 AM

It is them pesky, oversized, Yank grey ones and not our native reds I presume you are talking about.

Unfortunately, that's the only sort we get in deepest Suffolk.

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#4 hindle xiii

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:34 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing what squirrel tasted like.

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#5 Griff9of13

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:37 AM

I am very fortunate to live in a town with one of the last remaining colonies of reds.Though the ###### greys infected them with squirrelpox a couple of years back and almost wiped them out. But numbers are recovering now.
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#6 John Drake

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:05 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing what squirrel tasted like.


It's a bit like horse, apparently.

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#7 Futtocks

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:20 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing what squirrel tasted like.


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#8 JohnM

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:22 AM

I wouldn't mind seeing what squirrel tasted like.


or tasting what squirrel looked like? :)

Actually, there's a squirrel shop in Suffolk

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:33 AM

Red Squirrels have to be one of the most attractive species of animal on the planet. That they are being replaced by the grey variety has to be seen as a flaw in the process of evolution by natural selection!

At work the other week I was delivering in the area around Gleneagles. In one 'street' (often in the news for being one of the most expensive in Scotland) the place was overrun with red squirrels, the style of gardens - massive with mature trees and plenty of undergrowth - obviously being their type of habitat. Although early in the year, the exceptionally mild weather had turned them all a bit frisky. One male chased the object of his desire diagonally up a pine tree, that is until she did a nifty change of direction and the spiral pursuit continued downwards.

The problem I have with them is that they take incredible risks on the road. You'd think their endangered status would make them cautious, but no.
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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:03 PM

I live on a 1930's estate where all the windows are over 75 years old and have lead around them. We're currently trying to get them replaced but it's proving tricky getting everyone to commit to doing it, especially when there's one guy going round claiming the damage to the windows is not down to them being knackered but because the squirrels are eating the lead. He's even asked if he can bring an air rifle onto the estate to shoot them!
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#11 John Rhino

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

I live on a 1930's estate where all the windows are over 75 years old and have lead around them. We're currently trying to get them replaced but it's proving tricky getting everyone to commit to doing it, especially when there's one guy going round claiming the damage to the windows is not down to them being knackered but because the squirrels are eating the lead. He's even asked if he can bring an air rifle onto the estate to shoot them!

When i lived at home in Leeds the grays used to eat the putty in the window frames much to my dads annoyance.
I think they actually know they look cute to a lot of people and trade on it. Was in the London parks at the weekend and everyone was feeding them despite the notices.
Simply tree rats in my opinion.

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#12 hindle xiii

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:45 PM

There were a few in Golden Acre Park who weren't timid at all, running around the people and almost being fed out of hand.

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#13 JohnM

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 02:46 PM

It is them pesky, oversized, Yank grey ones and not our native reds I presume you are talking about.


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#14 Blackbeard

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:10 PM

They are a pest , shot hundreds of them , its got a taste of rabbit and there one of the hardest things to skin , but the younger squirrels are better the older one's meats a bit toughter........................... The red claw crayfish and mink another daft idea to bring from the states

#15 longboard

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:12 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing what squirrel tasted like.


A bit like swan,if I recall correctly. :)

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:23 PM

I get lots of grey ones in my garden and they are greedy little sods. Everything that gets put out for the birds (even in 'impossible to reach' places) gets pinched by the little b'stards. Pity my cat is so lazy else she might chase them.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:31 PM

I get lots of grey ones in my garden and they are greedy little sods. Everything that gets put out for the birds (even in 'impossible to reach' places) gets pinched by the little b'stards. Pity my cat is so lazy else she might chase them.

We went away one weekend, left Saturday morning, came back Sunday afternoon and left a big bowl of dry food down for the cat.
When we got home there was an empty food bowl and a squirrel's head on the doormat, the cat gave us a look as if to say "next time it's getting left in your bed"
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#18 Johnoco

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:38 PM

We went away one weekend, left Saturday morning, came back Sunday afternoon and left a big bowl of dry food down for the cat.
When we got home there was an empty food bowl and a squirrel's head on the doormat, the cat gave us a look as if to say "next time it's getting left in your bed"

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#19 Futtocks

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:40 PM

*makes note to not tangle with Shadows' cat*


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#20 Johnoco

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

:D

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