game with the yogurt container they steal nuts from. put a walnut under the container. they're looking 180 degrees for predators, not always paying attention to me directly, they seem to miss "obvious" cues. but when they pay attention they seem to have good detailed (binocular) vision.
|first intro failed (intro no go), i think. fairly sure it knew where the nut was, came in to get one from me directly. at first i thought laziness, and repeat known success. but this seems more like a social solution. it clearly did not know how to get the nut or 'where' it was. (the trash can was where the yogurt container was.) the stump is where s/he watches me from, and will wait a surprisingly long time (umm, longer than my attention span).||intro 1 no go.mp4|
|second intro went better. what is that funny pose though? probably just what it looks like.||intro 2.mp4|
|1st try. no coaching, pushed the container, appears randomly, container gets stuck, goes over, nut.||1st try.mp4|
|2nd try seemed at first more random pushing, but multiple times it stops and sniffs the (upward) container bottom. implying some awareness of it's structure. eventually, nut.||2nd try.mp4|
|3rd try... pushing again, but it looks like intent to drive it into the box (pause, nose lift, push to it's right), then up against the box, the right paw pushes the container over. nut.||3rd try.mp4|
|4th try and all subsequent: tipped over from top first time every time next morning too, push over immediately.||4th try.mp4|
these two always come at the same time. i'm fairly sure it's the same two; one is very friendly, jumpy and climbs right up on me ;the other is much more reticent. all members of the clan come for nuts, and often chase others away with a loud chatter noise, this pair included. but here they cooperate. cooperating.mp4
i think they think this is funny. when i ignore them (working on car, etc) they climb up on me as i ignore them, when i look they zoom down, dance, or climb back up. nut. the concept of "pocket" was easy to learn; their eyesight must be good because they try to 'open' seams and folds too.
i find them very difficult to tell apart visually, but their personalities are very distinct. sexins is easy, with their oversize-novelty genitalia.
most mornings this one (or a few) come to the door, "excuse me sir the bird feeder is empty". i want nut morning.mp4
unless i'm vigilant, they come into my lab to find the nuts. they often do google searches or play music. squirrel google search.png