Well, I'll start at the beginning, I was in position before 7am and happy about that seeing as I finished work at midnight.
Any time I start seeing a BOP I tend to think things will go well, the buzzard was just coming out the wood as I went in.
Now decision time, check the feeder or not? I decided not, no way could they have emptied 2.5kg in two days? I didn't fill it because of the damage they had done ripping out the ramp, I'd blocked the gap with twigs hoping it would hold till I can sort it next week.
Around 7:15 all hell broke loose, there were squirrels everywhere, and I mean everywhere, but they weren't on the feeder, they were on the ground behind a couple of inches of growth, moving around jumping on each other, then they were in the trees, going past me on the ground again absolutely everywhere but I was unable to take a shot.
About 7:45 ish boom, one appeared on the feeder, pfft 1 down with a thud, everything vanished, I looked left watching two playing chase ten mtrs away up and down a tree, trying to decide if i can get a shot, something catches my eye and the fox is right in front of me, it looks beautiful, glowing in the sun looking straight at me, safety on, trying to put my rifle down and get my phone out, i couldn't open the screen because I had gloves on, look back and he's gone, and so has my squirrel, i should have just enjoyed watching.
I'm expecting that to be it, but the pair on the tree are still going at it, so i move around trying to get an angle, they move even closer towards me, go to take the shot, safety is on!! i took them both off the tree trunk but one vanished into the undergrowth, probably about 6mtrs away, with a follow up shot needed on one still twitching 😔 the pellets must have gone clean through without enough damage being so close.
I went back to my original position and despite making a good bit of noise looking for the wounded squirrel, there are tails flicking at me again, I've never known anything like it.
After about half an hour of tail flicking another went onto the feeder pfft another down, with those at the bottom running off again, I gave it twenty minutes then went for a look, no squirrel? The feeder is nearly empty and there is food all over the floor where they've pulled the twigs out!! Which explains why they aren't on the feeder, I'll probably move it again because not being able to see the base clearly is a pain.
I put some peanut butter on the lid thinking I'll give it another half an hour and see if anything else shows up wondering where the squirrel was, two patches of blood on the floor but no squirrel.
A little while later and their back again on the deck, then one goes up the tree and straight to the crack peanut butter, gun up squirrel down, that one thudding to the ground causes another to jump into the tree from the ground, pfft that ones down , two in quick succession, I look around nothing to be seen, I can see one on the deck but not the other so I go too look, one stone dead the other under a fallen pine but not dead!! Before I can get to it its shuffled down an old rabbit hole, and I'm not putting my hand down after it.
6 down with 3 missing that's enough for me, I put two shots onto a screw and one onto a bottle top checking my zero, everything fine so I've no idea what has happened to the two missing off the feeder.
I didn't fill the feeder, they can clear the floor before next week, and while I'm packing up I look round to see another squirrel licking the feeder lid, I left it be, I was annoyed at having what should have been a great morning spoilt by the two wounded and one missing, I didn't want to wound another, I'll stick some targets up next week and see what's what. And give the heavies or barracuda a go.
3 should have been 10.