Yesterday morning when I entered the kitchen and looked out the window, I immediately noticed that one of my suet balls was gone. The bottom one was still there but the top one was missing. "Well," I thought, "the netting must have torn and it has fallen into the snow." I didn't give it much more thought, and figured the birds could still peck at it, as I have seen them on the snow cleaning up fallen seed and bits from the suet balls.
This morning when I looked out, the other ball is gone. And the netting. AND one of my HOOKS!!! Okay, what's going on here? It wasn't long before I saw one of our regular visitors - a squirrel we call "Stumpy" because he is missing most of his tail. (Not sure what happened, poor thing, but it makes him distinguishable from all the other squirrels.)
Anyway, there he was in the tree trying to shimmy down the hanger and get at my other suet holder. "Okay Mr. Stumpy, this really makes you look like the culprit here... You are welcome to the suet ball, but WHERE is my hanging hook? It is a good Lee Valley hanger and I want it back!!!" He gave me a cheeky look, as if he could read my thoughts, the little varmint!! He continued his aerobics and shenanigans, undeterred by several falls. After a while he gave up and scampered away. "Hey! Come back here! I WANT my hanger back, you little thief!"
|Doesn't he look guilty to you?|
"Enter, stranger, but take heed
Of what awaits the sin of greed,
For those who take, but do not earn,
Must pay most dearly in their turn..."
~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone