Most people see crows and squirrels as unwanted garden pests since they tend to eat up quite a bit of the garden. When I recently read that squirrels eat up all the potential fruit crops, I felt bad trying to chase them away since they are so cute! I debated covering everything with bird netting, but that seemed like it would be a huge pain to do. I have always put peanuts out for the local scrub jays, but then I started noticing that one of the squirrels and a crow took a liking to the peanuts as well.
My cats had chased both the squirrel and the crow out of my vegetable beds enough times that they were starting to seem a little scared of eating my vegetables. Once I started putting peanuts and a bird bath of fresh water for them, I noticed that the crow and the squirrel were not bothering anything in my garden anymore. The cats can sleep in a little now each morning and not worry so much about chasing off the crow and the squirrel anymore. 🙂
The best unexpected bonus of befriending the crow and the squirrel: they are actually helping me keep out other unwanted pests! If you have read some of my other recent posts, you know that one of the neighbor’s cats has been causing a lot of trouble for me. The other day I heard a lot of noise in the backyard early in the morning, and went out to see what was going on. The crow and the squirrel were actually chasing the neighbor cat out of my yard. 🙂 I was so happy. If that cat was not so aggressive toward my own cats, perhaps he would be welcome around here too.
On a side note, there were originally two squirrels living in our yard (a male and a female), but sadly the female recently got decapitated in our front yard by one of the local dogs (I am assuming that is how it happened anyway). It was a pretty upsetting thing to find in my front yard garden. Her “husband” was sitting nearby screeching little squirrel noises. It was heartbreaking. The cutest part is since that has happened, somehow the squirrel and the crow have become best friends and are now inseparable. I have never been a big fan of crows, but this one is special. 🙂