I cleaned the compost out of the gutters yesterday and this critter came by to help with whatever missed the wheelbarrow.
Squirrels and chipmunks show how far you can get with a snappy color scheme and a good PR agent. These things are rodents, pure and simple, but those large eyespots trip your protect-the-baby response every time.
They’re not particularly well-behaved, either: the chipmunks and gray squirrels have had running battles with them this spring. We think the area’s chipmunks had a population explosion and are shoving into traditional red-squirrel territory. Could get ugly out there.
Where are the hawks when you need ’em?