There are Grey Squirrels that live in trees in the small gulch at the end of the property here on the little farm. I don’t see the squirrels very often. Every once in a while, a squirrel will run as fast as possible across the grassy shoreline of the pond and over to one of the large Oak Trees. This is a distance of nearly a quarter-mile. The squirrels still have a few acorns around to tempt their palates.
I saw one such squirrel here on Jan. 28, 2012. The squirrel was sitting up in that classic squirrel pose, eating an acorn. After a few moments, off the squirrel sprinted! Perhaps the local Red-tailed Hawk was out and about? Who can say? In any event, that squirrel lost no time in running across the large open area between the Oaks and that heavily wooded gulch. I was happy to see the squirrel but do hope that it and its friends and family will stay away from my newly installed bird feeder! Ha! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Grey Squirrel likely lives in the small gulch or gully wooded area just under the pond’s dam. There are a lot of medium-sized trees in that area with quite a lot of privacy and water. The Squirrel basically sprints from the gulch across open grassy lawn over to the grove of Oaks next to the pond. The Squirrels run full-tilt as fast as they can in order to avoid possibly being seen by predators. The attraction is the plump acorns that the Squirrels are so fond of. I was looking out my window yesterday at almost 4:00 in the afternoon and spotted this Squirrel. The Squirrels here are quite wary of people so I had to quietly go out of the house and take the pictures. The Squirrel did spot me and sprinted away. I seldom see the Squirrels here (that will assuredly change once my bird feeders get put up) so I was happy to see this one. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Red-bellied Woodpeckers like eating insects as well as Acorns. There is an outcropping of native rock here in my yard near the pond. That rock is being used by the Woodpeckers as a place to crack open the Acorns the birds (or Grey Squirrels) find nearby. These Acorns may also have just dropped from the Oak and landed in that particular spot. In any event, the birds have learned to open the Acorn hulls by using the hard surface and working the outer hull with their bill. I watched a Red-bellied Woodpecker do exactly that yesterday and snapped these pictures. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
And Away he Flies!
There are finally a few birds and waterfowl around my place now. It has been many days since I have seen any wildlife here. The temperatures have climbed and the winds have died down. Because it is prime Acorn season and I have a lot of Oak trees on my lot, there seem to be many Eastern Blue Jays wanting to feast on fine plump Acorns! It is funny to see the birds swooping and flitting in the leaves. The Acorns may be over-ripe and mildly alcoholic, or infested with larvae, who knows? In any event, there even is competition between the Eastern Blue Jays and the Red-bellied Woodpeckers for the goodies in certain of my trees. I was very glad that the wildlife action here has picked up! I even spotted an all-too-swift Bald Eagle yesterday morning that disappeared before I was able to grab my camera. Oh well! At least I am able to have a few good shots of various birds to post here in next few days. I took these pictures from my deck yesterday. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I was walking on my street a couple of days ago and heard a commotion above me on the electric telephone wires. There was one Grey Squirrel being chased along the wire by another. Each Squirrel seemed to be carrying a nut or acorn in its mouth. It is the harvest time for many of the little animals here. We don’t have terribly cold winters but occasionally we have a cold snap with snow or ice for a few days. The Grey Squirrels are busily collecting Hickory Nuts, Black Walnuts, Acorns, and other seeds berries and nuts found around here in the trees and shrubs. At the end of the chase I did see that one of the Squirrels had lost one of the items it was carrying. The other Grey Squirrel almost posed frozen with two or more green nuts in its teeth! Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture.