THE VERY FATTEST SQUIRREL

We escaped the snow that hit most of the rest of New England. We’re right on the edge of many storms. They pass us closely, just a few miles away. But when Hurricane Sandy devastated this area, the storm passed by just about 5 miles away. So it was today. While the storm was battering the north, we had the fattest squirrel I’ve ever seen enjoy our newly added flat feeder.

The new feeder is smaller than the one we had before. We have two other feeders already up and there wasn’t room for a big one. A flat feeder makes room for birds who can’t cling to screened feeders or are too big for such feeders. The squirrels usually love the flat feeders, but this one had a firm grip on the screen feeder and seemed unlikely to let go until he felt like it.



Categories: #animals, #gallery, #Photography, #Squirrel, Blackstone Valley, Wildlife

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  1. Oh my goodness! What a story you have captured! He is so funny!

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  2. That first photo is kinda funny, because it doesn’t seem like he could possibly balance on a swinging feeder while sitting up and only clinging with his feet. Another amazingly impossible squirrel performance….

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  3. Of course we know that living in the northeast, and not having the luxury of house for shelter, not to mention being outside through out the winter, night and day. We must admit that that extra layer of fat comes in real handy.

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    • Yes. It also makes it highly likely that they will be able to breed in the spring. Wild critters — especially squirrels, raccoons, chipmunks, rabbits, mice, rats, voles — the scurrying critters of the woods don’t live very long. They starve or get eaten by bigger animals with longer teeth.

      The lifespan of a wild raccoon, for example, is less than three years. In captivity, they can live as long for up to 15 years. I’m told they make pretty good pets. Super smart, too. Squirrels, on the other hand, are not good pet material. Too hyperactive — though that round one looks like he only does two things: eat and sleep. You can’t build up a butt like that without being serious about food. HE might be a fine pet, as long as you keep his food dish full.

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  4. Love all the squirrel pictures! You must have a pretty good lens to get such close shots!

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    • I do. I have three long lenses for animals. The best one is a Panasonic 100-300mm lens. Since 4/3 cameras shoots at 2/1 (double the apparent closeness of the object compared to a DSLR), that would make that a 200-600mm lens. It is a great lens. VERY sharp, not too heavy. Not as fast as I would like, but it’s hard to get long lenses that are also fast. I also have a 75-300mm Olympus lens (150-600 in DSLR) and my favorite lens for doing everything, a 12-200 (24-400mm) Olympus lens which, at f3.5, is also relatively fast. It’s a bit bulky, but it’s great to have one lens that goes from moderate wide angle to 400mm long. It’s good for birds as long as they aren’t too far afield.

      Olympus is making a new lens this year which is 12-400mm (24mm to 800mm!), but the price is so far out of my range, I can’t even think about it.

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  5. The shot from the rear is a riot! **do these seeds make me look fat?**

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  6. He looks like me at the moment 😀

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  7. It is very fat. Needs to go on a diet. 🐿

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  8. Looks like you’ve been feeding him well!

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