By Mike Redmond
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue May 14, 2013, 03:49 PM EDT
Finger-biting bird-seed thieves they might be, but squirrels do have their good points. They’re especially good fried, although my grandmother used to brown them and then finish them in a dutch oven, and that was awfully good, too. Oh, yes.
Squirrel was not a regular feature on the table when I was a kid, but it came around often enough during squirrel season that I developed a real fondness for it. However, the “if you can’t beat ‘em, eat ‘em” solution does not seem available to me here.
For one thing, you can’t hunt in the city. For another, I’m on a restricted diet and sad to say squirrel is not on the list of approved proteins. And finally, these are urban squirrels, and heaven knows what they were eating before they started gorging on my bird seed. You are what you eat and all that.
Although, if you are what you eat, a diet of fried Sciurus could go a long way toward explaining my behavior, which has at times been described as squirrelly.
I guess the only thing for me to do is put up more feeders in hopes that the squirrels will at least leave enough for a few birds to get some seeds. Failing that, I’ll just have to watch the birds at my neighbor’s feeder. Or draw the squirrels a map to it.
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