The squirrels in our yard are either incredibly picky about their food or they are a bit lazy. Several weeks ago Silas and I picked up some ears of corn to put out for them and they haven't touched it at all. Not a bite. Now, this may be due to our feeder (it's not the best) or its placement or maybe they're avoiding the corn because it's GMO, but to me it seems that perhaps the effort of actually biting the corn off the cob is a bit daunting for them.
So, looking for an afternoon project, and hoping to encourage our little furry backyard friends to take a nibble, I decided to introduce Silas to shelling corn. What could be more "Iowa" than that, right?
Silas really dug into this one. I worked right next to him and, without words, demonstrated a couple different strategies for removing the kernels from the cob, but he preferred to pick them off one by one. He kept at it for a solid half hour before he declared that he was done.
It was a great fine motor workout and a way to exercise that pincer grasp.
Then we took a trek out to the yard, filled up the squirrel feeder and now we'll wait and see what happens!