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Life On Earth [Jun. 20th, 2019|10:37 am]
Tony Grist
So many squirrels!

They've been coming in the front door and nibbling their way into a big bag of peanuts. When the door is shut they scratch at it. Marlowe watches in fascination. Does he fancy squirrel for breakfast? "Don't be silly," he says, "Everyone knows cat food comes in elegant little foil sachets."

Here's a question. A magpie, a squirrel and a rat foregather at the foot of a bird feeder. Mostly they ignore one another but if things do get nasty what's the pecking order? Who's the boss?
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-06-20 01:13 pm (UTC)

Squirrels have a death wish here... They dart in and out of the road like the demonic rodents they are lol 😄😩

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-20 03:28 pm (UTC)
I'm very fond of squirrels. They're so graceful, such acrobats.
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[User Picture]From: akalablossom
2019-06-20 04:26 pm (UTC)


I like these squirrels.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2019-06-20 02:23 pm (UTC)
I think the squirrel would have the upper hand with a cat unless it was a small baby squirrel. They can be very fierce!

That's a good question about the pecking order. I think the Squirrel and Rat would have a duel for first place as both have very nasty teeth and a vicious survival streak.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2019-06-20 03:30 pm (UTC)
Marlowe leaves larger mammals alone. We've never known him catch anything bigger than a vole.

I'll post the answer to my question later.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2019-06-20 04:51 pm (UTC)
The bird - it is always the birds according to Hitchcock.
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[User Picture]From: madman101
2019-06-20 04:12 pm (UTC)
Two rodents and a dinosaur - ?!

The Magpie is the boss:

Because birds have been keeping the peace on this planet for many millennia.
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[User Picture]From: idahoswede
2019-06-20 05:11 pm (UTC)
I would think perhaps the magpie, only because of the flight thing. I have seen them and the other corvids in the neighbourhood chase a squirrel from our feeders. Also, if one is being attacked, most often others will very quickly appear to mob the offender. And the final method they have to drive off others, including humans, is the ultimate dive bombing with release of fluid white fecal matter!
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