They're curious and smart: the less fearful one stands up on hind legs and takes long looks at each of us, then decides we don't seem too threatening. Then it uses one "hand" to scoop food from the shelf into the other hand, and retreats back to where the water dish is.
Its companion is a little more nervous: it comes to the door and looks in, then backs off to where it's just at the edge of the door peeking in.
They've already figured out that when the door opens, that's when more food appears, so don't retreat too far. It takes squirrels ages to get over running away when we open the door to add more food. (It may be an ominous sign that we also saw the bolder raccoon stand up tall on its hind legs and reach toward the door latch.)
They've also figured out something else: they like chocolate chip cookies a lot more than nuts.
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