19th May 2015

Grey Squirrels are incorrigible! Next door hadn’t put bird-food out for a few days, and ours is deliberately very hard for squirrels to access. I heard a gnawing sound and there was a Grey Squirrel, having climbed 4 m up our brick wall at the back of the house. It was gnawing at the Fallow Deer antlers a friend had passed on and we’d recently fixed up there. It then launched itself off next doors bay-window roof, and missed the hanging feeder. We watched it climb as high as it could up our Rowan, dangle on a thin, floppy

The squirrel climbs our brick wall onto the deer antlers

The squirrel climbs our brick wall onto the deer antlers

Gnawing the antlers for a bit of nourishment!

Gnawing the antlers for a bit of nourishment!

Launching itself off next doors bay window roof, two floors up!

Launching itself off next doors bay window roof, two floors up!

Finally it flung itself across a 3 metre gap in an attempt to reach the hanging feeders! (Very blurred, I was too astonished to capture it well!

Finally it flung itself across a 3 metre gap in an attempt to reach the hanging feeders! (Very blurred, I was too astonished to capture it well!

branch and leap across a 3 metre gap, just grabbing the hanging feeder but failing to get a proper grip, and falling again! I was so astonished I only got a blurred photo, and then next door put food out again so I don’t think I’ll get another chance to photograph its massive leap. Conditions: Sunshine and showers. Temperature: Max 11- Min 7c.

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