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Storing Up For Winter

On his Snaps & Frames blog, SR colleague Colin Mulvany writes of this photo: “Looking for a feature picture today, I spotted a group tree squirrels probing for acorns amongst the leaves in Corbin Park.  The little buggers were soon  on to me as I slowly inched my way closer.  Most scampered up the nearest tree, but this brave one, with an acorn stuffed in its mouth, seem to enjoy the attention of my lens.  Nikon D700, Nikkor 300mm f/4”

Question: Do you consider squirrels to be cute or pests?

APhoto Of The Day — 10.29.10

A squirrel stares at a basket full of mannequin heads in a Halloween display on a porch in Cadillac, Mich. Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Cadillac News, Jeff Broddle)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. The squirrel is stumped trying to figure out if the owner of the house is a head case or a basket case — JohnA.
  • 2. One head in the tree is worth three in the basket — JeanieS.
  • 3. A squirrel discovers that when you put down roots, you can really get a-head — Gary D. Rhodes.
  • HM: Herb

APhoto Of The Day — 10.15.10

A  squirrel sneaks a taste of  pumpkin, at the Coronado Community United Methodist Church’s  pumpkin patch in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Thursday. You write the cutline. (AP Photo/Daytona Beach News-Journal, David Massey)

Top Cutlines:

  • 1. Brent Andrews
  • 2. Mr. Bloogy has been busy setting pumpkin squirrel traps, because he wants to make ‘Spumpkquirrelie Pie’ for the holidays which, has been a tradition since his uncle Earl moved to these parts, from the upper Appalachian Mountains since he was knee high to a grasshopper — Kage Mann.
  • 3. (tie) Sometimes you feel like a nut…sometimes you don’t! — Formerly Sandpoint, and: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow: North Idaho style — Nic.
  • HM: Arch Druid & JeanS

High Noon: Squirrel: It’s what’s for dinner

Those who malign North Idaho residents as redneck-squirrel-eaters, may be surprised to learn that a London grocer plans to offer this delicacy.
There’s two schools of thought when it comes to squirrels. The first sees these back garden bandits as a nuisance. They view these rodents as the petty crook of the animal kingdom. A sort of street criminal-type bully. A rat with a bushy tail.

The second school of thought suggests they are geniuses of light-fingered looting. The gentleman thief of nut-nickery, charmingly bounding about regaling wrens and blue tits with tales of heroic Butch Cassidy-esque antics.

Which ever way you look at them, now you can eat them. That’s because one branch of Budgens in Crouch End, North London, has decided to sell squirrel meat for its customers delectation — sparking criticism from animal rights campaigners. Read more. Tom Cullen,


Would you? Could you? Have you, eaten squirrel?

Best Of The INorthwest — 6.17.10

A squirrel grabs a peanut out of Jarod Prosinski’s hand as he enjoys the weather with his mother during a walk at Holiday Park in Cheyenne, Wyo., Wednesday. (AP Photo/The Wyoming Tribune Eagle, Michael Smith)

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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