We live very close to the river that runs through our city now. At the end of our street is a fairly untouched forest area where beavers and deer and all manner of critters live. We see the deer walking down our street at night sometimes. There are a lot more birds and squirrels and things here, in our new neighbourhood than there were on our old inner-city street.
Matthew saw a squirrel on our deck this morning. He was so excited he ran out and scared the bejeebers out of it. The squirrel got almost nose-to-nose with him before deciding on an escape route. I really don't know who was more startled when the little critter made a run at Matthew. He hightailed it back inside while the squirrel hightailed it for a tree.
I put some whole peanuts out on the deck to lure the squirrel back so we could look some more.
Matthew went back outside and shouted at the trees: "Querl, querl, ea! ea!! " (That is Matthlish for "Come here, Squirrel, Eat! Eat!!")
After Charlotte got home from school I told her about our adventure so she got some more peanuts and made a neat line of them on the deck. She then went outside and shouted at the trees "Come here Squirrels! I have some peanuts for you!"
She got really mad when they didn't come.