Our Backyard Resident Squirrel

This squirrel has lived in the woodpile beside our garage for more than three years.  I used to think that he poached the bird seed for the woodpeckers, chickadees and nuthatches that stay near year round that we put out.  Now I just put out extra for this little fellow.  This afternoon I was throwing peanuts out on the deck and he showed up right after I whistled to the bluejays to let them know their snack was served.  In this photograph the squirrel had carried one of the peanuts up to a low branch while a jay above set some snow loose when it jumped off its perch.

4 responses

  1. Val Erde

    Is it a red squirrel or a grey? Difficult to tell with it’s tail up behind it! Beautiful photo, Chris. Love the ‘bokeh’ in the foreground and surrounding it, too!

    January 20, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    • Hi Val,

      It’s a red squirrel. We have two black squirrels that live nearby but this one chases them away whenever they come into the backyard.



      January 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm

  2. I love this. There are two squirrels that live in a wood pile in my neighbor’s yard. I watch them just about every day around 2pm. I really don’t think squirrels are appreciated enough.

    January 15, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    • It’s easy to watch these energetic beasts tear around all day long. I agree they deserve more appreciation.

      January 18, 2011 at 12:16 am

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