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Posted By: normhead, 12-31-2013, 08:19 AM

We saw one of these a couple years ago, and then we didn't see any, until this morning one turned up during coffee time. He is twice the size of our resident red squirrels, plump and healthy looking. I'm betting the owls and hawks will love seeing this one around.


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Definitely not "Winter" color! Great shot!
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Definitely not "Winter" color! Great shot!
Yes, he does stand out in the snow a little bit.
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very nice!!!

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very nice!!!
Apparently before we humans started chopping down the forests, this variation of the grey squirrel was predominant. Possibly the colouration allowed for more heat absorption in the winter months.
Nice shot Norm.
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I've heard of black squirrels, but this is - to the best of my recollection - ever seen a picture of one. Nice job - plenty of detail in the squirrel's fur is visible despite the contrasting, relatively-light background.

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I've heard of black squirrels, but this is - to the best of my recollection - ever seen a picture of one. Nice job - plenty of detail in the squirrel's fur is visible despite the contrasting, relatively-light background.

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When I lived in Toronto, especially in the High Park area, there were as many blacks as greys. "Momma squirrel" who lived in our back yard for a year and a half ( and who chewed her way through our back door screen, and learned to open the pickle jars we used to store peanuts in) had one black and one grey in one of her litters.

Up north where we are now, it's all reds and flying squirrels.

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When I lived in East Lansing, most of the squirrels were black. I've never seen one in Florida. Handsome image!
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Hey, I've been to East Lansing... for an overnight. I don't remember seeing squirrels there though.
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Love the image!

I live just north of Grand Rapids in Rockford and occasionally I see them here. In fact, after I first bought the house I live in now, there was a black one that used to always be in my backyard. Unfortunately a short time after moving in, I think I found him on a road not to far from my house flattened since he disappeared about the same time. I still see them on occasion but not as many as the orange brown fox squirrels around here.
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Maybe it's a black ops squirrel from Otis's army! Awesome photo!
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He is twice the size of our resident red squirrels, plump and healthy looking.
I'll bet a 16GB card that squirrel recently awoke to find his cozy "stored snowmobile home" on Bloor West banging around an awful lot. When the mayhem stopped, he was in Whitney and had to get out fast!

Black Ops for sure...
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Maybe it's a black ops squirrel from Otis's army! Awesome photo!
We have wolves , foxes, weasels, owls and hawks. it doesn't matter who's army he's in, sooner or later he's probably lunch.

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I'll bet a 16GB card that squirrel recently awoke to find his cozy "stored snowmobile home" on Bloor West banging around an awful lot. When the mayhem stopped, he was in Whitney and had to get out fast!

Black Ops for sure...
I often wonder how many critters we get coming up on trucks from the south. He could easily be one. I'm pretty sure the possums we see here from time to time aren't surviving the winters up here.
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Really like that one Norm! Otis did too! We don't have any black or white squirrels here, and it is a delight to see one! Otis says it doesn't matter if they are green or purple, all squirrels are handsome.......I never argue with Otis!
That shot would make a fine card front.....do you ever use your shots for card fronts?
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I often wonder how many critters we get coming up on trucks from the south. He could easily be one. I'm pretty sure the possums we see here from time to time aren't surviving the winters up here.
Unless they find a garage or basement with an opening. Their expansion into Canada is a relatively recent thing.
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