This small probably female, Grey Squirrel was spotted at the golf cart parking lot in the lovely Paradise Park in The Villages, Florida on the shoreline of Paradise Lake. This squirrel is likely a younger squirrel but the Grey Squirrels here in Florida do seem to be a little smaller than those seen in other states.
The squirrel was happily standing on the low fence post just soaking up the Sun and perhaps, waiting for a visitor to toss a peanut or some cereal to it. The squirrels like the ibis here, have a knack for being champion beggars! I do not feed the wildlife but plenty of folks do. I did notice that a few minutes later, the same squirrel was munching on an acorn so all was well for it. I do enjoy seeing these cuties! 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
A Cotton-tailed Rabbit has been visiting the yards of the row of homes that I live among. I was quite surprised to spot the bunny sitting in the St. Augustine grass lawn, in the back yard, just about five feet from a neighbor’s home. On June 29, 2013, I again saw the rabbit (or its look-alike) right up against another close neighbor’s house! Prior to about a week ago, I had not seen rabbits within a half-mile of my home.
My husband told me, much to my great surprise, that he had seen that same rabbit go up onto my other next door neighbor’s porch earlier that day! So, the resident Grey Squirrels have a new friend here. I will likely have to put up a short rabbit fence around any above ground planter boxes I may plan to have in my patio area, for growing vegetables. I took these pictures in my yards on June 25, 2013, and again on June 29, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Eastern Chipmunk is one clever chipmunk! It found the yummy snack machine called the bird feeder. It went right up the pole and onto the plexiglass bottom landing tray. Because the chipmunk is very light, the animal did not trip the anti-squirrel mechanism and the tray did not dump the little rodent off. Oh well. Sly cute and funny. It is hard to be mad when these things happen. We likely will need to add a steel baffle on the pole. Maybe if we are lucky, that will work.
In the mean-time, one of the Grey Squirrels was up on our front porch yesterday morning. I am not hopeful that the squirrel won’t try to jump onto the bird feeder some day soon. If it does, it will not stay on the tray unless it really works at it. Hopefully all will be OK rodent-wise. I took these pictures yesterday (5/17/12) from my living room window. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
This is the second time I have seen a Cotton-tailed bunny here on the little farm since November. This rabbit was sitting quite still. It had seen me and was trying not to be noticed. I took its picture and went on my way down the driveway to do some birdwatching. The first time I saw this rabbit was about two weeks ago. It had run out from under the wooden shed that is near the pond. That shed has a small space under it, which soon will have a lattice cover on it. Rabbits live mostly under small rocky ledges, or in the ground in burrows. They are not often seen in the Winter as they like to stay in their burrow homes in colder weather.
Rabbits eat leafy plants many vegetables, and grasses. I will soon have to protect the newly planted vegetables and the new small fruit trees. Rabbits also like to nibble on fruit tree bark. Yikes! They are quite cute so I vote for measures such as repellant and fencing. I took the picture on March 21, 2012 at about 5:30pm in my yard. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
I have been wanting to see the Chipmunks that live in my backyard and lo and behold, the other day, one appeared. I so enjoy watching the little Eastern Chipmunks busily at work in the yards during the Fall months. This guy was darting around on the patio and stone staircase in my backyard on October 9, 2011 in the morning when I snapped these pictures. Chipmunks love Acorns, nuts, seeds, and small insects. They live underground in tunnels that they dig or borrow from other similar rodents. So far, the Eastern Chipmunks have been less of a problem to my yards than their cousins the Moles. My front lawn has a resident Mole colony at the moment. I will be addressing that new problem soon with hopefully non-lethal methods. Back to the chipmunks – I think that the chipmunks are interesting, intelligent little animals. I am enjoying seeing them at work collecting future meals. They collect the seeds and other foods and stuff their cheek pouches with the food. They then carry the food to a hiding place where that food is stored away for future meals and snacks. I was glad to have seen and photographed the little guy in action! Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
It’s that time of year when the Grey Squirrels get busy trying to gather acorns, nuts, seeds, and any other edibles they can find. They are also working hard on building or rebuilding outdoor nests way up in the larger trees. I have only seen just a couple of Grey Squirrels in the few days I have been home. We have had workers here working on finishing the dock so we have not had animals around the yards often. I also do not have any bird seed out so the usual treats are just not there to entice squirrels to be around as much. We also have had windy very cool days and cold nights here this weekend. Things will be improving as the yard gets cleaned up and the workers leave and the weather warms a little. I sure do like observing wildlife in my backyard! I took these pictures on Sept. 29, 2011 on my deck using my regular shorter lens. I will be putting my long lens back on soon. It is handy at times to have that longer lens for getting up close pictures of waterfowl and birds. By the way, the top picture shows the squirrel on the top of my small irrigation pump house ready to jump off. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Able to leap tall bird feeders with several short bounds, it’s “Super Chipmunk”! Who is cuter than a button, swift, intelligent, and has built-in food storage pouches? Yes, it’s “Super Chipmunk”! I had never before suspected that this amazing little rodent had such super powers. I saw this with my own eyes and caught it on camera yesterday morning. That little guy just ran right up the pole on the larger hopper tray type bird feeder until it hit the squirrel baffle. Right back down to the ground, the little “Super Chipmunk” sped over to the other suet feeder that does not have a baffle and right up he went. He got to the top and then he was stumped at what he found. Instead of the coveted bird seed, there just was some sticky suet. No, the super hero Chipmunk, did not get the goods. Curses, . . . foiled again! Well, you can’t help but laugh at this little slice of natural backyard melodrama. My own opinion is that the smart little guy copied the actions of the Grey Squirrels. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Grey Squirrels are scurrying around the yards and are frantically climbing trees to gather the acorns and nuts that abound here. I was out and about in the past week with my trusty camera taking pictures of the Squirrels at work. They chatter a lot and seem to be very driven at finding food. They also are at work building Winter homes for themselves. The Squirrels if able, will find human habitation in porch roofs, sheds, and under decks. If necessary in the wild, the Grey Squirrels will build cozy large nests out of leaves, puffy seed fluff, fur, long grass, slender sticks, larger slender branches and found paper and cloth. The Squirrels’ nests are usually about 2-3 feet in diameter and are about at least 10 feet up in the notch of branches of sturdy larger trees. The Grey Squirrels do vocalize to communicate with one another.
Have you ever heard what sounds like a chicken clucking in the trees? Or have you heard a cat hiss coming from the leaves? Chances are, it was a younger almost adult Grey Squirrel. These chattering Squirrels can be plenty loud, too! The Squirrels eat acorns, nuts, corn, sun flower seeds, bird seed, cracked corn, other seeds, fruits, and berries. Regular readers of this blog know that the Squirrels around my house have been regularly raiding my bird feeders, and are in cahoots with the Chipmunk, the Mourning Doves, and the Mallard Ducks! One day, I may find a successful way to keep the rodents off of the bird feeder. Please click on the thumbnail version to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Likely a Squirrel's Nest
My backyard is the home of two little Chipmunks. They busily scurry around getting seeds from under the bird feeder (and climbing onto it) and gathering up other types of food to build their winter larder. They sure do move fast! They often just stop and sit and munch on some tid-bit of food. The Chipmunks also communicate with each other by making a series of “Tok-tok-tok-tok” high to medium pitched mono-tone sounds. The sound is like what a person would make if they popped their tongue against the roof of their mouth. The Chipmunks will sit and make these sounds back and forth for minutes at a time. I just recently noticed more of this communication going on. I don’t know if it has to do with food-gathering, finding a sweetheart, a warning, or anger. Who knows? Anyway, the Chipmunks are very easy to watch if one is still and quiet. I do enjoy the Chipmunks very much. So far, no trouble other than soft tunnels under the front lawn where I am sure the Chipmunks have been digging. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!