Discover a little seen side of life in the entertainment capitol: Los Angeles. Behind that glittery facade there are hungry birds and squirrels trying to survive every day. Meet Sunshine the cat, wild birds and a few memorable squirrels.
When Sunshine the cat departs in 2006, the second story balcony she occupied is very empty. Now that birds can be fed, the author does so, also attracting an array of hungry squirrels. Follow the adventures of Alpha, Doc, Cocoa Butter and other squirrel-friends as they dine in the Bird & Squirrel Café located in the Miracle Mile district of Los Angeles. SQUIRRELS IN THE HOOD includes 19 color photos taken by the author.
The first squirrel to show up every morning was usually Alpha. Back when the squirrel-friends were establishing their eating at the balcony place routine, I had little knowledge of squirrel hierarchy and political infighting. I only named him well after realizing that he was large and in charge of the squirrel-dom in Miracle Mile. He was easily identifiable both by his girth and his behavior. Bigger than the others, Alpha had a long grand tail he liked to wave and circle around his body when he talked to his underlings. He was a brazen squirrel who always made sure he was first in line for a free handout. And if he wasn’t, he would chase off any and all of his competition.