I haz a corm!

The squir­rels and I, we have a love/hate rela­tion­ship. In gen­eral, I like them, and I like hav­ing them around, but I really dis­like it when they steal from the bird feeder. As such, I do a few things to pro­tect the feeder, which some­times esca­lates to shoot­ing the squir­rels with a squirt gun. The flip side of this is that they seem to esca­late from their end:

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I occa­sion­ally try to make amends. I put some ears of corn out for them, but the first one was close enough to the ground for a cat-vs-squirrel skir­mish to be too big of a risk. I later tied some to a tree, which seems to be the more pop­u­lar option, and keeps them away from the bird feeder.

As such, some of the ground-based corn offer­ings were for­got­ten — that is, until recently. I noticed a cou­ple of weeks ago that one had started to grow a stalk:

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While gar­den­ing on Saturday, I took a closer look and dis­cov­ered that there was a sin­gle ear of corn start­ing to grow! What a great lit­tle acci­den­tal sur­prise!

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