19 June 2008

Queen of the acorns

This beautiful photo of a mother squirrel raiding a California bird feeder caught my eye. It was in the online edition of the Thousand Oaks Acorn, a weekly newspaper in Thousand Oaks, Calif., which by virtue of its name alone, must be a community second only to squirrel paradise itself.
The sweet creature pictured here was deemed Squirrel of the Month by the publication's editors - and indeed, each month a successor is crowned from among the digital entries submitted.
The Thousand Oaks newspaper deserves a thousand (or more) thanks. Their clever, creative way of encouraging readers to share their photographic talents, and respect for wildlife, is so simple. And apparently so very popular.
There are of course, enough squirrels on this planet to have a Squirrel of the Week, of the Day and even of the Hour. But we'll take our monthly honors for now and be ever so grateful.
Like this little mother squirrel, someone at that little community newspaper has chosen to stand up and go for something wonderful!


Poetikat said...

Hey Squirrelmama!
There are often some great shots of squirrels in "Birds and Blooms" magazine. Folk are encouraged to send in photos of backyard wildlife and our furry friends often make the cut. You're right though, Thousand Oaks must be Nirvana to the nut-lovers.
Question for you: know any natural ways to get a cute, clean (we're talking spic and span), hungry rat to vamoose? We caught him make repeated runs on our porch to the little pile of peanuts we had just thrown out for a chippy. Of course, we don't want to hurt the guy, BUT, it is a rat, after all.


my backyard said...

a very nice practice, indeed.

LeaKarts said...

What a great photo!

Poetikat said...

Squirrelmama, I've tagged you for a music meme. Check out my blog for details.