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01-14-2018, 01:20 PM - 2 Likes   #1966
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One grey, one red.

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This little guy was giving me an earful!
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One red.... have you noticed your reds living in holes in the ground this time of year? Our have burrows with many holes mostly under elevated tree roots growing out of old stumps. We'vestarted ;saving nuts out there for them. They eat them, but we don't see them. We clued into them because of the piles of pine cones they were leaving outside the burrows.



It was real hard to take pictures of squirrels for a while. Every time I saw one I thought of Rupert. I think I'm over it now.
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Our local red squirrel population goes through boom-bust cycles, so some years there are several, then several years there are none. This is typical of numerous small animal populations.There are many pages in research journals documenting, analyzing, and hypothesizing on the cause(s) of the phenomenon.

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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
Our local red squirrel population goes through boom-bust cycles, so some years there are several, then several years there are none. This is typical of numerous small animal populations.There are many pages in research journals documenting, analyzing, and hypothesizing on the cause(s) of the phenomenon.
This was a really heavy cone year on the pines and conifers. There are many more squirrel burrows in the bush. So pretty much squirrels every where and lots of food. We identify squirrel dens by the piles of pine cones whole and disassembled on the ground outside the holes. In the 10 years we have been here, there has never been so much food for the squirrels and finches.

This area was clear cut about 40 years ago. First growth trees are dying off and falling over at an alarming rate, often covered in cones.

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One for the giper (sp?)



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This one is for you Rupert.

Was out stalking the squirrels the other day and this one ran around the corner of the house as I was approaching the corner and brushed my left leg.
We both jumped, he went about 10 feet, stopped at the base of one of the pine trees and we stared at each other.
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Here's one for the road, Rupert.



I managed to open the door slowly enough to not scare this little guy and he sat still long enough for the picture to be good at 1/5. It's all about teamwork haha

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Three years ago it was almost warfare between me and the resident squirrel; it kept taking the roof off the birdfeeder and either eating or scattering all the seeds. Eventually I repurposed the old feeder as a "squirrel feeder" and purchased a new squirrel-proof feeder for the birds.


That feeder didn't handle the weather here very well, so this year I purchased a new feeder like the first one, with one exception - even I have trouble keeping the roof off, even just for the time to put more seed in. We also seem to have a new generation of squirrels; this one seems to be perfecting an acrobatic move of hanging on to the roof with the back feet while scooping up seeds with the front feet.
This seems to be no more bothersome to the songbirds than the starlings and mourning doves are; we'll see if this becomes the new normal.












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My feeders are hung from a 100 feet piece of wire. On little guy learned to walk the wire to the big feeders, One day, I came out and the roof was off the feeder. I never saw him again. My guess is a hawk or owl nailed him while he was on the feeder, knocking the roof off.
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Missing Rupert.

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Here is one I shot today with my trusty Vivitar 70-210 3.5 ver 1 . Missing Rupert
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QuoteOriginally posted by c.a.m Quote
Missing Rupert.

That's a really fine image of a red squirrel - pose, lighting, background, IQ all spot-on. Rupert would have loved it, and let us know that this fellow is not half as much squirrel as Otis.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WPRESTO Quote
That's a really fine image of a red squirrel - pose, lighting, background, IQ all spot-on. Rupert would have loved it, and let us know that this fellow is not half as much squirrel as Otis.
@WPRESTO, thanks for your comment. I thought Rupert would have approved, even though this specimen would be no match for the clever, cunning and daring Otis.

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