Humming Squirrel


“How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!”

Psalm 119:103~ NRSVue

As I was eating lunch, I saw a squirrel do the darndest thing. She shimmied up the pole, stretched out her front paws, leapt from the pole, grabbed onto the ring around the bottom of the hummingbird feeder with her front legs, and swung her rear paws to hold onto the other side. It was not the most stable place to get a drink. Her body weight caused it to sway, her paws slipped occasionally, but she was determined. She held on for the better part of 4 minutes, slurping sugar water which ran down her chin and onto her chest.

Finally, either sated or exhausted, she let go and performed a half backflip, grasped the pole, slid down to the ground and scurried away to enjoy the sugar high. How I wish I caught it on video! The best I could do without stepping outside and disrupting her feast was the photo below.

It was a sweltering day. Even squirrels need water. While I was conflicted about letting the show go on and not happy that the homemade sugar water was chugged by a squirrel, it made for great entertainment, a surprising feast for the squirrel and sweet sight for my eyes.

The Psalmist wrote that God’s words are sweet to the taste, sweeter than honey to the mouth. Like sugar water in a hummingbird feeder.

With gratitude for the little reminders about big things. ~ Anne

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