MAKING WELCOME THE RED SQUIRRELS

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.

Introducing the red squirrel

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.



Categories: Animals, Nature, New England, Photography, Squirrel, Wildlife

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  1. I think the red squirrels are one of the more intelligent ones. It was a red squirrel that was taking up possession of our neighbour’s attic.
    Leslie

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  2. Red squirrels also – and most importantly – are far, far rarer than the grey ones. I was already made aware of that a looooong time ago and the grey ones sort of rob the living grounds of the red species. So be very, very thankful to have some red squirrels coming back to your area and – if you can – treat them like the animal kings and queens they should be. I think I saw ONE red squirrel during my 8.5yrs in the UK, while the grey ones were sort of permanent habitants on and in my bird feeders!

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    • The Gray ones are bigger and they are both pushy and possessive. I was very glad to see the red ones. i didn’t know there were any in our area. They aren’t usually big on oak woods, preferring fir trees to deciduous trees. There seem to be a cluster of them, which is good. I feed them. My across-the-street neighbor turns out to be a big feeder and contributor to the Cornell group too, so I think they fly back and forth across the road to get their best eats 😀

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      • What a rich buffet you offer between the two of you! I know about the size of the red ones, we had plenty nearly 40yrs ago when I stayed in Toronto. Never seen that many any time later.

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