Monday, May 6, 2013

Sugar Junkies!

Looked out the deck windows one day to see an awfully big and furry hummingbird supping from the sugar water feeder.




The little varmint was able to pop the center of the 'flower' off the feeder to try to get every bit of sugar residue.



In the neighboring tree, another squirrel was working on the other hummingbird feeder.
 A belly full of birdseed and hopped up on a sugar high.
This is how I found that hummingbird feeder the next day.

I've 'retired' those feeders from the trees and hung two new ones on shepherd's hooks alongside the deck and house.
Wish us luck.

Thanks, Hilary!

148 comments:

georgettesullins said...

Shoo, shoo squirrels! When will you ever learn it's not for you?

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Those darn varmints! I can't believe they destroyed those feeders like that. A bird volunteer rigged up several feeders around Bluebonnet Swamp to keep the squirrels out. It involved a lot of PVC piping and engineering, and it's not pretty, but so far it's working! Hope your new set up works.

A Quiet Corner said...

Holy moosepoops! He did a number on that feeder!!! Love the idea being closer to the deck....:)JP

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It's not enough that they get some sugar water; they have to gnaw on the feeder too! Squirrels do levy a tax on bird feeders. Good luck with the new ones!

Buttons said...

Morning Tex darn varmits but your photography is incredible and I was laughing. Sugar high I have been known to chew through the bag of sugary treats myself so I am not going to judge them really.:) Hugs B

Bruce Clark said...

I see you have back yard thefts down in Texas too. They just destroy our suet feeders. Doesn't make the woodpeckers happy either :)

Crissi said...

Sooooo lovely shots!
Nice week
Crissi

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

LOL, determined, aren't they?

Kate said...

Yu just cannot beat those little devils!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

They really are little piggies aren't they??? Not that there's anything wrong with that...:@)

Maple Lane said...

That is wild! I love that you captured the varmint in action.

MICKAN from QUEENS FIELD¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮ said...

Well, how shall they otherwise use their teeth :) ..hahaha

Anyway so are they adorable to look at.

The warm weather have come to us now and it's lovely to be outside now.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, geeze, there is nothing those varmints don`t like or destroy......naughty, naughty....great shots with the camera, Francine.

Joseph Jameson-Gould said...

Wow, they really tore through that feeder! Never stand between a squirrel and his sugar.

Darcie (My Modern Country) said...

Looks like they got every last drop....and then some!

Margie said...

Oh my, damned varmints!! Good luck with the new ones!

Pom Pom said...

Funny! When I look out at our feeders, I see birds. Bill insists that the squirrels are ALWAYS at the feeder causing trouble. That hummingbird is gorgeous!

Beth said...

That is one ornery squirrel! Beautiful hummingbird.

Lynne said...

Grrrrrrrrrt . . . they are ultimate greed!

Janey and Co. said...

Oh that's funny. We don't hang those in Colorado because the bears do the same thing.

val's alentejo blogspot.com said...

Gee Tex.
Now I can see why you get angry with the squirrels..I would too..naughty thing.
Your shots of him are great however.. what a clever animal.
Wishing you luck with them now on the patio.. and look forward to the humming bird shots..
happy Monday
Val

DJan said...

The only good thing about those darn varmints is that they make for some great action shots! They will chew through just about anything to get into a food source, I've found.

Julia said...

The little varmint, stealing from the little humming birds and chewing the feeder. Shame on him. I've never saw the squirrels doing this to my hummingbird feeder but they chewed two of my feeders that I had hanging on the window panes. Nothing will stop them.
Hugs,
JB

RoeH said...

There's something about that 'sugar' taste.

Sandra said...

i tried really hard NOT to laugh out loud, but it just broke out. this is hilarious, they are so bad and so darn cute... good move on putting them close to the house. you may have to get armed security guards...

Brian King said...

My, what big, furry hummingbirds you have! I know they say everything is bigger in Texas, but c'mon! :-) Bird seed is one thing, but I'd have to draw the line with the hummingbird feeders. Me and the rats would have to have a coming to Jesus, politely or otherwise. I give them points for going about it Ninja-style!

Molly The Wally said...

Oh brilliant the hummingbirds are back. Yikes I so want to dead those tree rats. Have a marvellous Monday.
Best wishes Molly

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

Those little burgers!! Maybe a longer hanger??? If there isn't anything to wrap his tail around - he would slide off!!

Catherine said...

Squirrels are full of such sweet naughtiness aren't they?
xo Catherine

Jo's World said...

My late mother loved peanut butter toast for breakfast and she would dip the knife in the PB jar, and swipe it across the tree next to our porch. It got so the squirrels would be waiting for her when she came out, and then one of them invited himself into the house to see what else there was! Needless to say, that was it for squirrel feeding! All over!

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Squirrels are such a pain in the backside. Yours look like little sugar junkies.

grammie g said...

HI Teresa....I have seen everything now when it comes to those
varmints : )!!
Who what have thought that Squirrels had a "sweet tooth"...maybe it will made it's teeth rot them he wouldn't be able to chew ; )
Great caught with great shot's!!
Grace

holdingmoments said...

Those critters would drive me nuts!

Daryl said...

that is one truly resourceful squirrel

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Ohhh So pretty!!!.. Love it..

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Theresa,
Wow, they sure are smart, greedy and cute (for me). I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the new one works. Bad Bad "Sugar Junkies!"
Gorgeous and Breathtaking pictures♡♡♡ 

Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American photographer friend, xoxo Miyako*  

Rural Revival said...

Oh my! Good luck indeed. They're rather determined and ingenious little guys aren't they?

edenhills said...

But it's so yummy! Even a squirrel needs dessert.

andy said...

Oh my what great looking pictures !!! Have a great start to your week !

parker said...

They think everything is put out for their use and entertainment. Pretty comical characters as they go about getting into the feeders!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Is that the elusive 'Bushy-tailed hummingbird'? IMWTK!

Maybe they will get cavities and the dentist will yell at them.

I put a hummingbird feeder out this weekend, nothing yet, it may be too cold.

Bev said...

LOL...that is too funny...who would of ever thought!!

MTWaggin said...

What a BRAT! We have resorted to no hummer feeders in the trees either but because of ants not squirrels!

Digi-Irma said...

Very cute eating squirrels , the last picture is still a hummingbird.
Best wishes, Irma

nic.b van es said...

daar gebeurt tenminste nog eens wat.

Magnolia Tea said...

Cheeky squirrels! I had no idea they'd chew a feeder to bits.

Pix Under the Oaks said...

I am wishing you luck but I think you have it now Tex! Love that little blue and pink hummer feeder! More great snaps from you that tickle me.. :)

Grandma Barb's This and That said...

Wow, you sure grow some big furry hummingbirds in Texas! Those darn squirrels are so clever at getting what they want. I hope the new feeders are safe.

ladyfi said...

LOL - that squirrel is on a sugar high. Great shots.

Paula Fraker said...

I thought this was so funny... until I got to the pictures of the chewed-up mess! *ugh* Little varmints!

Stephanie said...

Bad varmint! Great captures!

Margaret said...

What a little bugger. Will be fun to see if the new locations works.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Absolutely hilarious! I bet he's totally hooked on the sweet stuff now -- good luck finding a way to keep him out of it. (But maybe he'll leave your sunflower feeders alone.)

Leovi said...

Great photos of the squirrel and the bird, delicious! A greeting.

Linda said...

It's just amazing to me how they can hang like that, seemingly with only the tail to support them...especially in the shots of the first squirrel. So clever to remove the center of the flower. Then, instead of taking it back to the nest, he licks it clean while hanging upside down. Crazy critters.

Raggedy Creations said...

Wow!!!!!!!! those little rascals. I bet their teeth are sharp too.

Good luck with your new feeders. I must get mine up this week.

Felicia

Raggedy Creations said...

Wow!!!!!!!! those little rascals. I bet their teeth are sharp too.

Good luck with your new feeders. I must get mine up this week.

Felicia

Kerry said...

No way!! You post this on the very day that I'd planned to move the hummingbird feeder to a tree, very vulnerable to squirrels. Must re-think.

Pat Tillett said...

Ha! Their wings were flapping so fast you couldn't see them! Squirrels are darn cute but can be such a pain.

ShySongbird said...

Great captures Theresa! I would never have thought they would be interested in that, they really never miss a trick. Popping those centres out shows they must have a high intelligence level, they really do seem to be able to get into anything! Love that pretty little Hummingbird :-)

I loved the Whistlers on the earlier posts, most especially all the bird bath ones, the Wood Ducks and the post with the Egret and Heron. I also particularly liked seeing the Bluebonnets and the Indian Paintbrushes. It must have been an...interesting!!!...combination of smells in your truck according to what you said ;-)

gowestferalwoman said...

"hmmm, so why do only the feathered PRETTY kids get the koolaid ? thinks the squirrel, as he demolishes the feeder resentfully"

Karen said...

I love these little varmints, but they sure are destructive! I've had two plastic finch tubes chewed to pieces!

polkadotpeticoat said...

They are stinkers and cute as they are they can do so much damage also....Heidi
I'm off to the doctor today I still have a sick boy!

MarkD60 said...

Around here they put a strip of sheet metal around the trees, that way, things with claws, (like iguanas, we don't have squirrels) can't climb up the tree.

Farm Girl said...

Oh my gosh!! What little pigs.
I hope that works hanging them from hooks.

RedPat said...

Those squirrels are so smart! Super hummingbird shot.

joeh said...

Those squirells have been winning the bird feeder battle for as long as I can remember...but they are fun to watch as well.

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Get to fixin' those dumplings, and I'll go get my gun!

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

Get to fixin' those dumplings, and I'll go get my gun!

shirley said...

Just too funny! Have a great day!

Inger said...

First of all, your pictures are unbelievable. About the squirrels -- they sure do know how to hustle, don't they?

Ms. A said...

Great photos of the little rascals! Good luck keeping the new feeders intact.

Nancy Claeys {dot} Com said...

Well, I'd just have to draw the line there! You are too nice. :)

Deanna said...

those little dickens...nothing stops those varmints...even tho they are cute and entertaining while hanging upside down.

Sally Crowe said...

Uh oh, bad, bad squirrel. :)


xoxo

Sylvia K said...

Bad, bad squirrel indeed1 Determined little guy, huh!!

SweetMarie said...

This post is so darn funny! I was LOL! I know some times they can be aggravating, but they are just trying to eat some good stuff too and are so cute while doing it!:) Hopefully they
won't get themselves hurt. Hey, I know people that are pesky, but I keep them around..lol!
Love this post!

SweetMarie said...

Forgot to mention the hummingbird is so pretty!

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Hah! Oh my gosh. They really did a number on your feeder. Love these photos :)

Ellie said...

Good luck indeed - they are determined little blighters aren't they?

Patty Woodland said...

They are relentless!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Those little stinkers! So cute...but such a nuisance!!

Robin Lamb said...

T, well, aren't they just cheeky buggers!

Daniel LaFrance said...

A for effort. They sure work hard for their treats.

Jeanne said...

Well... That one is a goner! Good Luck!

Cloudia said...

Can't help but smile at your interactions with your sweet friends:-)



Aloha:-)

Marissa said...

Oh I laughed hard on this picture.. cause my squirrels do the same thing here..
If funny to watch though...

Bob Bushell said...

Good luck Theresa, but, the one with a sweet tooth, will be the varmint!!!

ellen abbott said...

they can be real pests but I love squirrels.

Debbie said...

A common sight in my yard as well!! Put grease/oil on your shepards hook. It makes it a "lil" more difficult for the squirrels to get up them!!

I really like the pink flowers on the new ones. Good luck, I'm sure you are going to need it!!

Montanagirl said...

Furriest Hummer I've ever seen! LOL. They sure are pesky things.

Deb said...

I hope it works for you...but they knocked mine down off the shepard hook too....they are tricky aren't they...

She Who Carries Camera said...

Good Grief! I've never experienced that yet...knock on wood!

beyondwandering.com said...

Oh my gosh...they are really destructive critter..but I love your shots! Gorgeous!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

He is some acrobat! I can't believe all the damage he did.

Pantherka said...

These are beautiful photos, great shots ... I keep my fingers crossed for a new feeder.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, I've never seen the squirrels at my hummer feeders. Your must have the sweet tooth! Poor hummers!

Dianna said...

Those squirrels are relentless...

Andrew Fulton said...

I have to admit I lost my temper with my squirrel this morning... throwing shoes at him to chase him off.
I'm convinced I saw him trying on my size 10's before he scarpered.

Fjällripan said...

I wish you luck! But they sure are clever and sweet, those squirrels :))

Terri said...

Ok, that's when cute turns to pesky in my book! But the sugar water? Geesh!

Karen said...

What nasty squirrels, hope the new ones work out better.

Stephen Hayes said...

That's one unusual hummingbird.

DIMI said...

So sweet and so cute images!!Beautiful pictures!
Dimi..

Terry and Linda said...

I had no idea they could and would do this. Cute photos, but not so cute destruction!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com
http://deltacountyhistoricalsociety.wordpress.com

Red said...

Squirrels never cease to amaze . They can always find a way to outsmart us and then they aren't even thankful. They have the nerve to wreck the feeder and come back for more.

Candy C. said...

Oh no! Those ornery little varmints! I hope the new location helps to deter them.

Tammy said...

Those naughty squirrels! They can be such pigs...they have been cleaning out my feeders within a few hours of filling them!

Genie Robinson said...

Oh,my goodness. Now, that is one determined squirrel...and he has a cohort in crime. Unbelievable. Buddy is the running junkie and your squirrels the sugar junkies. Thanks for the info on shooting into the sun. DUH, Genie.

bailey-road.com said...

Those little varmints!

Fireblossom said...

Good luck. Wow.

Lisa Sall - Sall's Country Life said...

Go raid the Coke Cola machine you little rascals!!

Sandy Carlson said...

Talk about agile!

Karen S. said...

So cute, I think Mr. Squirrel has his act down pretty well, and he'll be ready when the circus comes to town!

Barbara said...

Good luck!! Squirrels did that to our feeders one year, too!

stardust said...

How cute! Nice shots! The first five poses remind me of a baby feeding mother’s milk holding her breast with his hands.

Meghana Hassan said...

so cute...:)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Sugar Addict. Yep, indeed!!

Linda said...

Oh no! They tore up two of my bird feeders this winter and now I have to worry about the hummingbird feeders too! It's hard enough just keeping ants out.

Cute pictures though.

Randy said...

They've been framed by a rogue hummingbird.

Hilary said...

Oh those little stinkers. But geessh, they're a hoot!

Leave It To Davis said...

OMG! They are such clever rascals, aren't they? Well...until they ate the plastic feeder! Won't they just run along the rail there and sit there an suck out all the sugar again? Poor little hummingbirds...they don't stand a chance!

petspeopleandlife said...

Those little rodents. They can drive a body nuts. :-)

They know how to raid any kind of bird feeder. Virtually nothing seems to be an obstacle for gaining entry to a feeder. Nice pics.

thirtysevenandcounting said...

Your 'restaurant' rates high among the critter world. The Run *A* Round Ranch Restaurant is now serving dessert! ;-)

Very frustrating, those pesky squirrels...

~Lindy

Karen Frost said...

Hey, everyone needs a treat now and again! It must have been pretty good judging by the bite marks! He is darn cute, though! xx

Hanne Bente said...

Smiler - Glorious image series you show the "little naughty squirrel" :)

Stewart M said...

A sugar raged squirrel is a frightening thought!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Laura. M said...

Good grip has the Teresa squirrel ... good photos of that perfect balance :))
A kiss.

Arija said...

Did he have hiccups to have to drink up-side-down? Absolutely nuts and destructive into the bargain but still kinda cute.

Dicky Bird said...

What a little stinker!

JM said...

Perseverance is the word. Amamzing!

Jeevan said...

That’s very sweet of these squirrels! Hope he didn't swallowed the yellow pollen object.

Łucja-Maria said...

A beautiful squirrel. It's a real circus.
Fantastic photographic series.
Regards:)

barbara l. hale said...

Darn those tree rats! Our bird feeders are pretty secure right now so that the squirrels don't even bother to graze beneath them. They are in some other part of the neighborhood driving someone else crazy, no doubt! Or maybe they've migrated to Texas.

Rita said...

I do love squirrels, but they really did a number on those hummingbird feeders! I hope the new feeders will work out well. I had a girlfriend who hung glass ones because the squirrels wouldn't chew those. ;)

NatureFootstep said...

is there something those guys can´t do?

Susan said...

Those little stinkers! Good luck with all that! Wow, they are something!

Rose said...

Oh, my. Did not realize squirrels loved sugar THAT much!

c. Joy said...

Have not seen this happen - amazing - these critters will eat just about anything.

portraitsofwildflowers said...

I like your description of "an awfully big and furry hummingbird."

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

What crafty little buggers! Congrats on your POTW. I'm not surprised that Hilary chose this post -- great captures and humor to boot! :)

Daryl said...

despite all the scrolling down two pages to leave a comment .. huff puff .... i am back to say congrats on a POTW

Michaele said...

Oh my gosh. I can't help but love the little thief!

Barbara said...

Came back to say congrats on the POTW!!!

Chris Rohrer said...

Oh my!!! I had no idea that they did that! Very bad Mr. Squirrel....very bad!!!

pattisjarrett said...

So that's what a hummingbird looks like, guess I've had them all along! LOL Silly thing hanging by its toes. Hope the new feeders work out better. A customer in Wild Birds Unlimited today said house finches are drinking the nectar at her house.

Liz said...

Oh my!!! How wonderful... I mean, naughty!! Cheeky little creatures!!

bon bon said...

i have not replaced my broken bird feeder yet since one of these fat turds jumped on it from a branch above. ha!

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