Grey Squirrels, Mallard Ducks, and hybrid Mallard/Florida Mottled Ducks were spotted on the little Lake Paradise in The Villages, Florida on Monday night at twilight. I am including views of the lake on the Swartz Park end which is almost totally dry to the North and rapidly shrinking again to the South. By the way, that shot that looks like a huge grassy prairie, is really the dry lake bed. Yikes!
We are still in a drought situation here. I enjoy this regional park which is reserved for residents and guests here in The Villages, Florida. There is always wildlife around us here. I have a great time bird and critter-watching. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!
Grey Squirrels and Sherman Fox Squirrels are both residents of our Central Florida area. The most commonly seen squirrel is the Grey Squirrel. The Sherman Squirrel is much less common. The fox squirrel lives where there are pines and oaks and is mostly found in rural areas.
The Sherman Fox Squirrel is a large squirrel with a long luxurious bushy tail, similar to that of a fox. The Sherman Fox Squirrels come in a number of colors but many are the light brown with black accents. The Sherman Fox Squirrel has a faint mask over its eyes like that of a raccoon.
The Sherman Fox Squirrel is a really gorgeous animal! Both kinds of squirrels I have shown here eat nuts, acorns, berries, insects, small reptiles, eggs, and some fruits and plants. I have really enjoyed seeing the Sherman Fox Squirrel! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!
Sherman Fox Squirrel
Sherman Fox Squirrel
Sherman Fox Squirrel
The Grey Squirrels here really have been well-behaved until recently. I think the recent spate of mischief is happening because there is a lot of competition for the foods between the birds and lizards and squirrels. I have started noticing that one (or more) of the squirrels have learned the old trick of getting onto the neighbor’s bird feeder! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of that photo. Enjoy!
A commotion in the front yard caused me to go out with my camera to check on the critters I had been hearing from my living room windows. I went out and saw five small skinny squirrels chasing another squirrel all around the yard. The chase continued across the driveways, under and around two cars, up on my neighbor’s porch, and finally, up into a large Live Oak tree in my neighbor’s front yard.
It was a young female being pursued by the five potential suitors in a very dramatic fashion. I think she was pretty tired of all that attention. After a bit, things calmed down and I went back inside my home. I took these pictures on October 30, 2014. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
These Grey Squirrels were seen along my street working at finding acorns and other food. That is a major part of the squirrel’s day. The Live Oaks are dropping acorns now and that is making life easier for these cuties.
There are a pair of Grey Squirrels living in the two Oaks in my front yard so I get to watch their antics from my living room window. There also must be a sufficient amount of natural food as I have never seen a squirrel on the feeder that my next door neighbor has on his back patio. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Grey Squirrel seemed very curious as to what I was doing with the camera. It noticed me and froze as many squirrels do when uncertain about a situation. After a few moments, it relaxed and came toward me a bit. It then went about its routine gathering Magnolia seed pods and Acorns for its meal. It seemed to enjoy the red Magnolia seeds a lot!
There are a lot of Grey Squirrels here in my neighborhood. Of course, I do live on a tree-lined street with many Live Oaks, Sycamores, Magnolias and Long-leafed Pines plus the odd Acacia tree. So there is plenty of food for all the squirrels to share. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!