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A Snack on a Cold Day, Sioux City

9 Jan
A squirrel checks a fence line as another squirrel looks interested in a backyard snack time Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

As I watch neighborhood squirrels throughout the year it’s fun to watch their antics and for the most part play with one another in backyards. But when it comes to snack time, they are a wary bunch and chowing as fast as they can before any interruption affects their meal time. Be it friend or foe.

A squirrel digs in while eating at a backyard feeder Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

With fresh snow on the ground the furry visitors drop by a bit more often, sometimes sitting on the fence chattering, which I interpret as “Can’t you put out a little more for us, please, sir, another serving?” to co-opt a famous line from a favorite seasonal story.

A squirrel spends time eating at a backyard feeder Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

And the forecast predicts some warmer days ahead, and possibly more snow. So backyard neighbors will probably be about again looking for any snack on a cold day, which I certainly don’t fault them for. And, what are neighbors for?

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A squirrel waits its turn to eat at a backyard feeder Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Nature Outside One’s Door in Siouxland, Sioux City

10 Mar

A squirrel scolds a visitor in a backyard Tuesday, March 3, 2020. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

It’s nice to know that even outside one’s door nature sometimes talks to a person in Siouxland. And expresses a local side of themselves one may not often see except when a neighborhood cat passes through, peaking the critter’s ire and it in turn sharing that with the hand that leaves it peanuts from time to time. But as it’s been said, one can choose one’s family but one can choose one’s friends. And the squirrel seemed to be expressing that.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

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