Anyway, I was looking out the window in that direction and saw an intriguing series of events involving the squirrel. It went on for several minutes and it was seriously dramatic. Okay, so it's true that I don't get out much, but I was amused by this debacle. The photos aren't great; there is window glare, and I didn't have time to change my camera lens from the fixed focal-length one I had been using, so I've had to crop my photos to give a better view, but they tell an interesting tale of squirrelly woe.
Our squirrel friend spent a minute or so twisting and turning on the tip of the branch, until finally he was able to grab it between his front paws and straighten his body lengthwise. The jay has moved higher on the branch now, presumably to get a closer look.
The branch is really rocking now, so much that the jay flies away. The squirrel is trying to shimmy backward up the branch but it isn't going very well. He's scrambling to keep hold of the branch and actually starts looking panicked.
The squirrel finally gets a better grip on the branch, using both his front and back legs to slide along. See his back foot sticking out? I saw him curl his toes around the branch like a little monkey at one point. I didn't realize squirrels could do that. Oh, and look - our jay friend has returned! I guess this show was too good to miss.
Finally! The squirrel has reached a more stable part of the branch and he rests a moment, probably waiting for his life to stop flashing before his poor little eyes. Notice the maple seeds still attached to the end of the branch; I don't think he managed to procure any for himself, let alone that nosy-body jay.
"Phew! You know what? The hell with this. I'll just eat all that delicious birdseed Mrs. H. and her kids put out instead! Sweet, tasty, non-life-threatening birdseed. Mmm-mmm!"