Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Southern Squirrel

Today's squirrel is a Southern cousin -- this darling mama Fox squirrel from South Carolina.



Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Spring Before the Storm

It was a gorgeous blue-sky day today with a hint of spring in the air.

The Japanese Cherry trees are getting ready to bloom.

Japanese Cherry Trees

I'm happy to report that all my squirrels survived the winter and are doing well. They were enjoying the nice weather today, clueless about the storm that's about to descend on them tomorrow.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Squirrel Appreciation Day

Squirrel Appreciation Day is a holiday which is celebrated on January 21st every year to celebrate and honor squirrels and the contribution they make to the environment. On this day, people are encouraged to head out into the woods or at least, to their local park to look for their favorite types of squirrels and to leave nuts and seeds ...
A peanut will do...


Saturday, January 20, 2018

Respite

50 degrees and sunny! It sure feels good! I expected to see all the squirrels out prancing around the green in the fine weather! Instead, there was barely a squirrel in sight. So what's the story? Since it's not so cold they don't need as much food to produce heat? Beaten down and just wanting a long winter's nap? Poor little things.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Tomorrow Will Be Better

Two very cold days with temperatures in the low 20s are coming to an end. Tomorrow the temperatures will rise to decent numbers. I know this, but they don't. For all they know, they could be in for another horrifying two weeks like the ones they just went through. Can they even remember that? Or can they project into the future? I don't know, maybe they only live day-to-day, but I think they must have some kind of memory. At any rate, they are in for a nice surprise tomorrow when things warm  up.


I've been amazed at their capacity to sustain cold temperatures, They must have some "magic potion". It turns out that their cousins the ground squirrels, and some other rodents that hibernate, do have some "magical" ability to adjust their body temperatures to the cold. It's a specialized protein called TRPM8 that helps them resist the cold. Now I know our tree squirrels don't have that, but they must have something similar going on that helps them get through this crazy cold weather.  As for me, I do my part by supplying the food. Food = energy = heat.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Dirty Old Town

At first fall it's lovely...




But it soon starts to look like this...

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Last but not least

Fat Boy made his appearance today!


Not the least of them...

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Bomb Cyclone


Emergency Alert
How to prepare now:
Stay indoors during the storm. Prolonged exposure to cold can cause hypothermia.



But what about the squirrels?

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Heartbroken



Right now it's 17 degrees, going down to a low of 12 later tonight. Today was the coldest so far -- 23 degrees. Some squirrels did not even come out, and those that did show up did not stick around for long.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Sunday, December 17, 2017

National Maple Syrup Day

Happy #NationalMapleSyrupDay !!


photo by @SquirrelBeebz


Monday, December 4, 2017

National Cookie Day

Yes, I know it's #NationalCookieDay, but I think I've had a little too much cream filling.


Beeb the Squirrel



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Oranges are Back!

This is the tree we call the orange tree. Years ago it was the home of a family of "orange" squirrels. These squirrels were not truly orange: they were gray or "brindle" squirrels with bright orange tails. We had babies that froze to death during a couple of cold winters, and after that the oranges disappeared. Now we're happy to see these pretty squirrels back in the orange tree again!








The mother

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving

For All Good Things We Give Thanks

Baby


Sweetie

Fat Boy



Friendly Fire

Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed





Cookie-monger


Red
Pretty Girl
Baby Mama





Saturday, November 4, 2017

Remains of the Day

When I was here the other day Momma Gray Squirrel started making a strange growling sound, before making a dash for the tree. When a few other squirrels picked up on the theme I looked up and saw a huge red-tailed hawk sitting patiently in a nearby tree. I was sorry to see it so close to the baby tree. Unfortunately I did not have my camera with me so I don't have a picture of the hawk, but when I went back there today, I found the remains of an adult squirrel under the orange tree.

Sadly, it was one of the black ones, which are a bit rare here. I hope it wasn't the babies' mother. You don't know which squirrels are the mothers, as they never have anything to do with the babies when outside of the nest.

On the brighter side, the babies have become much more approachable.
There are three browns and one gray, and all seem to be from the same litter. Three of them were down when I arrived:

I managed to get some great pictures of the cuties (click to enlarge):











Some children came by and were ecstatic watching the squirrels. Their father, who was on his cell phone, didn't seem to be paying much attention, but as soon as their mother arrived, she started telling the children to stay away from the squirrels as if they were some deadly enemy. Then she started lecturing me about feeding them. I wasn't supposed to be doing that. 

Her children gathered around and formed a chorus: "Don't feed the squirrels!"


I explained: "I only feed them because they're hungry and need to be fed."


She replied haughtily: "Oh, they are well-fed, I assure you of that!"


"Really?"  I asked, "Fed by whom?"


That seemed to stump her. End of conversation.  :)


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Squirrel Day Afternoon

I enjoyed spending time with my two favorite mother squirrels who were just taking it easy on a beautiful autumn afternoon:


Friday, September 29, 2017

Ladies in Waiting

I've been feeding two squirrels recently who look like they're about to give birth... one is gray, one is black. They're always hungry!