Saturday, 1 December 2012

Tufty Ears and Bushy Tails

The Red Squirrel

 


 


 


 

 
They come in all shapes and sizes.Some are chubby and in certain positions I think they look more like little bears than squirrels, and others are slender. Some are red like these, and others are light or dark brown,and can be even black in colour. Their striking ear tufts are a prominent distinguishing feature of the Red Squirrel in Winter, but they lose them in Summer. Their bushy tails vary in volume, but are usually 15-20 cm in length.They are daily visiters to the garden and give me endless pleasure.

68 comments:

Giga said...

Uwielbiam wiewiórki, są zabawne. Śliczne zdjęci. Pozdrawiam.
I love squirrels, they are funny. Beautiful pictures. Yours.

vitorchuvashortstories said...

Hi Breathtaking!

"A day in the life of a squirrel" would be an apt title to the story you here tell us.

Lucky you to be able to enjoy the company of such a lovely neighbour!

And the photos are just great; congratulations!

Have a nice weekend.
Vitor

Fallar said...

And to think I just made a squirrel feeder :)

Teresa said...

Que linda. Saludos.

ShySongbird said...

What a beauty! Lovely captures of your little visitor Sonjia. Our native Red Squirrel can only be seen in certain parts of the country due to the introduced American Grey Squirrel which has pushed it to the brink of extinction by transmitting a deadly pox.

I have been entertained by the antics of a Grey Squirrel in my garden lately, they are so agile :-)

Adam said...

cute little guy

Breathtaking said...

Giga
I agree Giga, they are so amusing,
especially when two squirrels are chasing one another, or they are doing gymnastics.

TexWisGirl said...

your squirrels are adorable! so different from ours!

Breathtaking said...

vitorchuvashortstories

Hello Vitor
I am very lucky, and never take for granted the beautiful place where I live and its woodland inhabitants.

Thank you for your lovely comment
and have a nice weekend also.

Breathtaking said...

Fallar

Clever you, to make a Squirrel feeder! Hope you show some photos!

Thank you for your visit:)

Breathtaking said...

Teresa
Thank you! They are such photogenic creatures.

Have a nice weekend.

Breathtaking said...

ShySongbird
Thank you Jan! I love to see them in the garden, doing the most amazing gymnastics.
They are very entertaining. On visits to London I have watched Grey Squirrels in Hyde Park and thought them very pretty and surprisingly tame, compared to the timid ones who visit us.

Breathtaking said...

Adam
I agree,he is a cutie:)

Nava said...

Oh--look at those ears--and he found a friend on the birdbath! Thanks for sharing.

Nava

Breathtaking said...

TexWisGirl
I think yours are adorable too.:)

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Amazing photos!! An amazing blog :)

Breathtaking said...

Nava
So pleased you are impressed with his tufts:)Nice of you to pass by!

Breathtaking said...

Optimistic Existentialist

Thank you so much for your lovely comment.:)

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful red squirrel, can't beat it. Cheers.

DIMI said...

Great shots!Cute little Squirrel!!
Dimi..

Linda said...

Cute! We have gray squirrels here; at least that's the kind we see in our yard.

Stiletto said...

You have captured some wonderful pictures of this red squirrel. It's so adorable. Well done as always. I've always enjoyed your posts.

susan said...

absolutely delightful !!!!!

Breathtaking said...

Susan
Thank you Sue! I always appreciate your visits:)

Breathtaking said...

Bob Bushell
Thank you Bob!You are so right, you can't beat these photogenic cutie pies for their instant appeal.

Breathtaking said...

Dimi
Hi Dimi:)
Thank you very much, so pleased you think so.

There are actually 3 different squirrels on these photos, but it's hard to tell, except in the last photo because he has no tufts.

Breathtaking said...

Linda
Hi Linda:)
I am familiar with the American grey squirrel, which is as you say quite different from these.It's nice that you also get to see them in your yard.

Breathtaking said...

Stiletto

Thank you Stiletto! So nice of you to say you enjoy my posts. I have recently made a promise to myself that even before New Year, I will try to improve the standard of my posts, by making them more informative as well as decorative.

Joke (Jokes Camera) said...

Lucky you to have them in your garden. I live in the countryside. Too bad, but we don't have squirrels here. So I enjoy your beautiful pictures. Great series, Breathtaking. Have a nice sunday. Greetings, Joke

Breathtaking said...

Joke
Thank you Joke! They are fun to have around.

Enjoy your Sunday also:)

Sonia Aguiar said...

Hola Sonjia. Es una serie de fotos muy hermosa. Las ardillas son muy rápidas en sus movimientos y captarlas no debe ser nada fácil. ¡Te felicito!
Un abrazo y feliz domingo.

magda said...

Lovely photos, congratulations!!!!!
Many greetings

Rohrerbot said...

Very cute little guy. I think they are such beautiful squirrels. Back home they are considered pests but on your blog, they look innocent and cute to me:)

salma said...

I envy you such visitors, with excellent photos, a nice evening.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Sonia
Thank you Sonia! Yes they are away in a flash, but my husband gave me a new hide for my birthday so I can sit quietly and observe my garden visiters without being detected.

Um Abrazo.

Breathtaking said...

Magda
Hello Magda:)
Thank you so much.I will visit you very soon.:)

Breathtaking said...

Rohrerbot
Thank you!They do look cute, and very nice on photos, but they still wave their tails furiously whenever they see me, even though I have been feeding them Hazelnuts for years. Ungrateful little......

Breathtaking said...

Salma
Thank you Salma! It is nice to see them around the garden.

Thank you for passing by:)

Julie Hargreaves said...

just found your blog beautiful photos

Stuart Price said...

WE have the same species of squirrel here in Hokkaido but it is more brown than red, can't believe how red yours look!

Breathtaking said...

Julie Hargreaves
Thank you Julie:)Nice of you to say so!

Breathtaking said...

Stuart Price
Hello Stuart:)
They are predominately red, but their fur can range from this rusty red colour to almost black in winter.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I would really love to follow your blog if I may :)

Breathtaking said...

Optimistic Existentialist

Hi! So pleased you came back, and
a very warm welcome to my blog.:)

Juliana said...

so nice shiny fur!
I jealous!

xoxo, Juliana | PJ’ Happies :) | PJ’ Ecoproject

Breathtaking said...

Juliana
:)Grin!!! Red Heads!!!

Abhinav R said...

Very nice to see the various actions of Red Squirrel.

Ian x said...

They have obviously taken the warning and gone down to the woods in disguise. ExceptFlopsy,Mopsy,Cotton Tail, Peter and, probably
Tabatha Twitchitt, should have been more careful to avoid the same costume.

joanca bs said...

Wooow very nice post amazig¡¡

Breathtaking said...

Abhinav

Hello Abhinav!
I love seeing them around the garden, and so pleased you liked to see them also.

Have a nice weekend.

Anonymous said...

Ian x
I found myself humming
If you go down to the woods today, You better go in disguise.:)

Thank you for your most observant comment.







Breathtaking said...

Joanca

Thank you Joanca!

Have a nice weekend.

Jana said...

how absolutely adorable, she/he was posing for u! I like how its fur is shining in the day light:-) happy rest of the weekend from me and thaks for stopping by!

Breathtaking said...

Jana
It certainly looks like he is posing.He knew I was there, and never took his eyes off me whilst he was drinking.

Thank you for your visit Jana:)

Have a nice Sunday!

Isa said...

Quelle belle rencontre !! il n'a pas l'air bien sauvage...bon dimanche !

Lasse said...

Such a beauty!

Breathtaking said...

Lasse
Yes indeed! A beautiful creature!

Enjoy your Sunday:)

Breathtaking said...

Isa
:)Il a l'air apprivoisés mais si je suis trop près qurl allartfuir!!

Merci de votre visite.

Bom Dimanche.

Maia said...

How nice to have them around. You took some great shots of the little Squirrel, which is not an easy task, as they are very active creatures.

Breathtaking said...

Maia
Yes they are very agile, but as they are daily visiters, I do get plenty of opportunity for photo shoots.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Ohhh.. So cute.. I love.. Congrat and regards..

Breathtaking said...

Ana Minguez Corella

Thank you Ana,He's a star!!!

jesters view said...

unglaublich!!! :-)
traumhafte bilder!!!

Breathtaking said...

jesters view

Thank you once again for your lovely comment, and your many visits to my other posts:)

Sweet said...

A red squirel!! What a beauty!
Loved the pics.
Greetings

Breathtaking said...

Sweet
They are always so great to photograph.Glad you liked the photos thank you.

Brown Eyes said...

They are beautiful. I wish I had one in the garden. Squirrels enchant me. kisses

Breathtaking said...

Brown eyes
They do have beautiful lines and enchant me also.I like them so much that I have quite a few inside the house, as ornaments. Some are in wood, and I have a woven basket with a Squirrel
holding nuts.
Kisses

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...