Grey Squirrel 2015

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Seems a bit late in the day to wish everyone a Happy New Year, but I do so, nonetheless.  I’ve not done quite so much photography over the last few weeks, so I was pleased to be able to get this little pest this afternoon.  Only a youngster, he/she was investigating the various wind blown fruits, nuts and seeds from nearby trees.

Happy New Year!

—Stephen—

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29 thoughts on “Grey Squirrel 2015

  1. Oh dear, we have such an acrobatic pest in the garden ever day, pinching all the bird feeders down to the last nut, I feel like getting a good shot of him as well … 😉
    Happy New Year, Stephen!
    Best regards, Dina & co

      • Black squirrels are subset of the Eastern grey squirrel (USA) and brown squirrels are a subset of the American red squirrel (USA). American reds are considered to be a separate species from the Eurasian red squirrel, mainly because their ranges do not overlap. The American reds are a separate species from the Eastern grey.

      • Get the drift, thanks!
        Unfortunately, we don’t get Reds round where I live – I’d have to travel 100miles or so to stand a proper chance. The Greys we have here are charming but a real pain in the backside from a bird feeder point of view.

      • The bird feeder problem, we have plenty of that too. That’s why we hang a feeder from a shepherd’s crook in the yard. While some squirrels have tried climbing the crook to get at the feeder, only a couple have figured it out and the others quit. When the feeder was on a pole, the squirrels figured out how to get to the bird seed until I fashioned a “collar” from an empty soda bottle and placed below the feeder. The collar stopped them.

      • I’ve used a slightly different tactic in the past – hanging the feeder from a branch on a string and placing a flat wide lid on top of the feeder – they still come down the string but the lid forces them out so wide to get round they lose their foothold and drop to the floor. The piece of plastic I was using seems to have gone walkabout so I’ll have to sort something else out.

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