I didn’t know there were any red squirrels around here. They usually hang out in fir trees rather than oaks. This feeding cycle, I added fruit to the mix and apparently they just love fruit. Still, I didn’t realize they weren’t the same species until today.
I noticed they were smaller, but that could have been youth. But hey, wait a minute. That squirrel is red, not gray. I took some pictures and realized these are not our typical gray squirrels.
For one thing, they are red. Not quite as red as foxes, but not gray. They have a white border around their eyes and a black stripe between their red overcoat and their white stomach. Apparently, according the the National Wildlife Foundation, they live just about everywhere including Alaska — as long as it is north of Georgia. They had never dropped by out house before.