So, the squirrels and the bird feeder (an update). We haven't done anything fresh to try separating the squirrels and the birds in their respective feeding capacities, although there are occasional signs that maybe they're working something out on their own. At least, it's happened several times that the squirrels will either not be feeding at all, or will just have the one tucked inside the squirrel feeder, while the various birds of the area get their innings. This seems to happen more often when the feeder's just been filled up, too. It seems to me more likely to happen when bunny_hugger is away at work, but that might just be normal paranoid thinking.
We've gotten to recognize several squirrels, although for the sad reason that they've got noticeably missing patches of fur or tail. The first one we named was dubbed Patrick because of the large bald area on and around his head reminding us of Captain Picard. bunny_hugger suspects that was just a mild fungal infection and thought she'd seen new fur growing back in, but we weren't sure. He used his tail as cover from the cold, if you're curious. Unfortunately we haven't seen him in a couple of weeks, suggesting either that his fur grew back in well enough that we can't tell him apart from the other black squirrels or that something horrid has happened and we don't want to think of that.
The other prominent one we dubbed the Lion Squirrel, because most of the fur on his tail was missing --- here bunny_hugger suspected mange --- except for a fluffy tip, giving him the lion-tailed look. He's certainly still around and a pretty feisty fox squirrel based on his interactions, although I'm sorry to report he's lost the end of his tail. But he's there, and eating, so we can say that the worst hasn't happened.
Trivia: The Constitution the French Republic adopted following 1848 guaranteed citizens education, freedom of association and petition, and relief and public works; it also specified that citizens owed the state love, loyalty, morality, work, taxes, and service to the death. Source: 1848: The Revolutionary Tide In Europe, Peter N Stearns.
Currently Reading: Signing Their Lives Away: The Fame and Misfortune of the Men Who Signed The Declaration Of Independence, Denise Kiernan, Joseph D'Agnese.
PS: Cutting Commentary, just a couple paragraphs of slightly self-pitying stuff over a well-meant joking comment.