So that’s what’s happening to my tomatoes

The last couple of weeks my heritage Amish Paste Tomatoes have been been disappearing.  I suspected a critter of some kind, but didn’t spot anything in the garden except a rabbit and a young Mocking Bird that decided he liked my grape tomatoes.  He would grab one, take it to his favorite perch, and eat it,  a behavior I have never witnessed before.  I immediately ruled him out (not big enough to carry the tomato away), and also ruled out the rabbit (to short to reach the tomatoes).  This only left one suspect, the squirrels that hang around the house.  My father told me that during times of drought squirrels would eat tomatoes to get water, but for the most part we have had more than enough rain.  They don’t seem to bother my other heirloom tomatoes,  just the Amish Paste.  I was wondering if anyone else has witnessed this, and why they are so fascinated with one specific type of tomato.

Squirrel

I spotted this squirrel resting in an Oak Tree in the back yard.  Since it was 94 degrees I assumed he was doing like I was and just trying to beat the heat.  I grabbed the tripod and the camera and set up as quickly as possible expecting him to depart the scene as soon as he spotted me.  Boy was I wrong.  I took about 15 shots, came in, looked at them on the computer, and went back outside to grab my tripod.  He was still there and appeared to be asleep.  I guess we’re not the only one’s to suffer from the heat.