Okay, are you with me? Good. We have a resident rat. At least, I hope it is "rat", not "rats." I enjoy living in denial. Fortunately it is an outdoor country rat that is NOT residing in our house. Instead it has some sort of den near the concrete foundation of our house, about ten feet from the birdfeeder. Mr. Ratty is living the good life. His meals are delivered daily, and he stuffs his cheeks with birdseed and runs back and forth to his subterranean home, stockpiling for the long winter.
Yesterday, a red squirrel was on the feeder when Mr. Ratty showed up. I wondered who would dominate and take control of the feeder. Surely the obnoxious squirrel, evicted from the walls of our house this fall?