Now they are eating the lilies!
I'm still holding a grudge against the squirrels for eating all my 'Big Mama' tomatoes last year. Well, all but enough for one pot of the best-tasting pizza sauce. This year's tomato plants have tomatoes about 3" long... they will be ripening soon.
Now fuel has been added to the simmering grudge. The squirrels have been climbing the stems of both the Oriental and the Asiatic lilies, tearing off the petals and eating the unformed seed. They have already eaten all the bubils (seeds formed on the stems of some varieties), as well as digging around the base of each stem to get at the new little bulbs. Lilies must taste awfully good to them.
However, I think it's time to relocate a few squirrels. Did you know that most squirrels can find their way back if within 5 miles of their original home? And some have been tagged and shown the ability to find their way back from a 10 mile relocation. However, I know of a park that is about 15 miles from here; several days of watching and I didn't see any squirrels...