I was given a pot of tulips for my birthday last spring. I've been meaning to plant those bulbs this fall, so I'd have flowers in the garden next spring (assuming the deer don't know enough to come looking for them). The pot was sitting out in my flower garden. It had been there all summer as I had let the tulip leaves sit in the sun gathering strength for next year.
Well, it's now officially fall, and the squirrels are busy gathering food to get them through the winter. Suddenly some smart squirrel thought to check the pot for bulbs. He found one and took it away to hide, then came back, tipped the pot on it's side, and made sure he got every bulb that was in there.
He was so grateful, he brought me a gift. A beechnut was tucked neatly into the corner by my doorway. I'm not sure that was a fair exchange but I don't remember a squirrel ever trying to pay for what he took before. Maybe this one is part pack rat.
Now, I notice that he's decided to check out the rest of my flowerpots too.
And to think I used to only have to worry about the deer!