Has anyone had any experience with black squirrels? We have quite a few in my town and just within the last year or so I have noticed a couple in my woods. An elderly man told me that the black ones are more vicious than the red or grey squirrels and that they will fight with the other ones and actually castrate the red or grey males and take over the territory. I find this hard to believe but I do notice that they seem to be gradually infiltrating this area. They are smaller than the greys. I also notice some that appear to be a crossbreed of the red and the black. They are rusty black with reddish tails. Any comments?
OPh goody I made the jump. Havign major puter problems.
I'll say we likethat orange. Orange s are up here too , but stil can find som eplace s thta have the tangerines 10 for abucks. Maybe next time I go to corner store will get me some and throw them out there. Nuts are scare this tiem of year and the tree s are loade d with hickory nuts but they are notready and wont be for awhile yet so my gang is lookign kinda skinny and peaked.
slvrwilo, we have a lot of black squirrels. They are a color variation of the gray squirrel, and no more aggressive than the grey-colored ones. Around here, the little red squirrels are the agressive ones, and they have no trouble defending their food from the larger grey (and black grey) squirrels.
The squirrels here seem to like various fruit. Not big on veggies though. They mostly get bananas because DH likes his under-ripe and I don't like them at all. So when they get "too" ripe, to the squirrels they go!
I'd also just like to say that I think the squirrels should make a shrine to the goldfinches, who are such messy eaters! W/o them I don't think the squirrels would have so much to eat! :)
Fox too, as the fox has cut the squirrel numbers down. Ah, the cycle/chain of life.
I just walke d to mail box and onethe way bak starle d a squirrel and when I looke d at him was shocked. I knwo the nuts scare now but her e he had a big old mushroom top and stalk almost as big as his body and he was hoping I wouldnt see him cuz he couldnt run with it and with all the other squirrels aroudn was no way he was gonna drop it.
First tiem I seen them eatign mushrooms though I have lots here from the wood sand the flood waters.
I've determined that one of the most entertaining things is watching a squirrel (or the chipmunk from the morning) bury food. I just love it when they finish and "pat pat pat pat" the ground to make it look like nothing had happened there. LOL
For real.. I watch mien dig adn it amazign how fast they dig, but the patytuy pat pat is o funyn the way their little feet fly. Make s me want to get them to help plant seedling s they do it so ell and it liek the soil not diturbed either , that is til they go and dig em up.
great shot Nanny!
You wouldn't belive what one of my babie s did yesterday. Neighbro wa here borrowing somethign adn as she was leavign e stood on porch and littel one was ther e by tree by porch and it stood up and hands otu and then wsa liekrubbign its tummy and holding hands out sittign up . It was so cute ythat I came back in hous e and got some pecan nuts and threw out aroudn tree for it. It ws like man wish i had soem peanuts at the time.
Most of the squirrels around here are the brown ones but I'm lucky enough to have a black one living in the park across from me. We call him Black Jack and today I think I may have seen a slightly lighter smaller black one I'm assuming is his offspring. I read that while black squirrels are not rare, there account for only 1 out of every 10,000, so I'm glad to see a few of them showing up here. If you look closely at this photo.you will see Jack is not only munching on an acorn, he is also peeing! LOL. you'd think I could give the poor guy some privacy wouldn't you?
Wow, didn't realiz e the black oen s were that rare. All my adult s have left for a while. Just have soem of the young babies stil hanging around here. They act liek they all lost with out parents around.
I worried because the yougn ones have goen to the top of the trees and have started eating the new crop of nuts that are riping since thos e get more sun, but the trees don't hae alot of nuts this year and if they keep eatign at the rate they are besides destroying so many of the green ones, I hope ther e be enough food for when the adults coem back too fo revrybody for the winter.
I wonder if the squirrels are color blind or don't have good noses or something that they cant tell the green nut s from the ripe brown ones. You have to watch wher e you walk for all the green ones on the ground that they took oen bite and dropped. Tons of them.
I'm trying to decide if this is the same black squirrel I took photos of that are posted above or if it is a different one. These photos were taken much closer up and I think that may make the difference in the color. It looks like this one has more brown mixed with the black. Haven't seen the black one or ones at all the last few days. They don't seem to have a regular eating time, so I haven't figured out when to watch for them.
You can see by all the acorns in the street behnd this one that there is no shortage of food for them in the park. This one let me get about 4' from him and just slowly kept circling around the trunk of the tree as I was shotting photos.
Cuties they are. My chippie wont le tme get anywhere near for pics. Seen him the othe r day sittign up on a back pallet, checking otu the senery, probably tryign to figure out where to go for food next. I thought to myself don't sit out in the open liek that toolong so something don't get ya. Up the hills cats are hunting my critters down here. grrrr.
Lincolnitiss, wonder if they go through some type of molting too, between season???
Like your high wire act GP, they surely are acrobats .
Starlight, I'm sure they have a storehouse of food stash away somewhere, I've seen them stuff their cheek, and run off to hide them, and come back for more. They are very clever little creature.
Yew, that abscess looks nasty, that's too bad they don't get along.
So your chippy are multiplying Nanny,... more mouth to feed. :)
I seen mine the other day, running off, cause it got spooked. Haven't seen him around since and the squirrels either.
The chippie population exploded this spring so we did have to do a little thinning out of the population to keep it in check. But of course there is no fear of eliminating them all out here were I live! I changed the bird feeding too so as not to draw them in so much.
Just catching up on all the lovely pics. Mien are drivign me insane with dropping all there uneaten nut parts on top of the trailer. Not bad durign the day, but scare sya sometiems when ya hear kathump at 3 in the morning.
came hoem yesterday and saw one fo the babie s with both his cheeks puffed out. Thought at first it was a chipmunk cuz I have nerv seen squirrels stuff their cheeks. Stood real stil and watche d the baby cautiously walk past me. he has two big ole hickory nuts stil stuck together hanging from his mouth.
Felt kind a bad for him cuz he mad it safely past me and then anotehr baby sen the bounty and chased him up and aroudn the tree for it. Hope after all his work he got to eat his nuts.
Yesterday after comign from church surprised another baby. He was up on one of the plant stands in the mum pots and had himself a piec e of pine bark. Have no ide a what he was gonan do with it but it took it up the tree with him. Got pine bark all over the place, have no ide a why he needed that particular piece from out of one of my pots. What surprise d me even more was him getting up on the plant stand and surprised he didnt knock himself and the pots all over.
There has been a concerted effort here to get rid of the grey squirrel which has eradicated our native red from almost all of the UK except the north. The campaign has been quite a success here in Northumberland. Last weekend at Wallington I saw a red squirrel from the wildlife hide there. So cute!
Knip, cute one, looks a bit different from ours.
A new one to my yard this summer, smaller then the one I had last fall. Only seen him once though. Had to take this one through the window, and there was a bit of glare.
Knif.. Your s really do look very tiny adn mayeb it just me, but looks liek they a darker red too or mayeb it just the ear coloring making it seem that way.
Mine sure ain't as tame as Short Tail but at least they don't run as fast anymroe f rom me.
I had fits the other day. I have thes e pvc pipe plant stands in the greenhouse and had been transplanting flats from off of it into bigger pots.
I go to get another flat and had to stop and stand for 5 minutes still. her e oen of the females got into the greenhouse, climbed to the top of the plant stands, strandled her feet on two pipes and her rump sat on the corner munching a mushroon she had found.
Now normally they will run up the tree and especialyl with food run and hide, but did this female? Oh no, she sat her rump right there, looke d me in the eye giving me the evil eye, I swear and proceeded to take her good old time eatign that mushroom.
She would take bite and then look at me, and chew so slow and just stare away at me the entire time and when she finishe d she didn't even immediately get down, she turne d her back to me and sat ther e like licking her chops and then gave look over the shoulder and gave me a cold shoulder and climbed down and out the greenhous e so I could get my plants again.
Wouldn't have been so bad if I didn't have to stand out in the hto sun sweatign to pieces. LOL
The smart squirrels have no trouble learning how to open the box (the first one to figure this one out was a female, of course). I've had them a few times in the past, but they finally get damaged by the squirrels chewing. If they damage this one the next one I get will be the one they sell made from recycled products, and is a lot stronger.
What cuties! They can get in the most amazing positions. I have been taking some treats across the street to where my black squirrel lives but haven't been able to get any good photos of him lately. Could be because my 2 cats followed me over there last time. He is getting fat with all the acorns that are in the park right now.
Like Notch Tail, GM.
That is cute Nanny. Interesting how they go about their business.
I decided to spread seeds under a spruce tree, for the squirrel and all Black birds, and Doves.
They have been leaving the big feeder alone, now there's not much traffic to it, an occasional Chickadee. Hope the Purple Finches and Goldfinches comes back. I had way more birds then that last year.
Oh, I saw my chippy today. real uick, abotu scare d the daylights out of me.
Been stormign all night and morning and rain quit for a fe wmintue s so opne dup back door for a fe w to let soem cool fresh air run through trailer and was standing at back door and my chipy ran across bottom step and disappeare d down a hole next to the steps.
Boy they like little flashes. Stood ther e for awhiel hoping I woudl se ehim again but no such luck. I stil tryign to figrue out if they make tunnels all aroudn almost liek a mole cuz sont want to plug up its holes, if they do, but if it a mole wanna get rid of it.
Here is a baby Fox Squirrel named Kevin. We inherited Kevin from dh's cousin. sigh I do not believe we can raise Kevin the way he needs to be a free wild squirrel and not sure he will make it anyway.. But he is a cutie though. I think it's pretty hard to raise them correctly to be able to live on their own in the wild. This morning he was chilled. :-( I had to spend almost an hour warming him up.
Awwwwwwwwww poor baby. I had babay fyling suirrels at oen time that fell out of anest and cat wa s getting so I scoope dup one s left and call local wildlife cente r and they wil hook ya up with a professional rehabbers too.
Made a post this mornign and looks liek it got ate up cuz it not here.
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Here is the closest one to Cole Camp that I could find
I was down at the area I go to to loook for warblers the other day. Now There were a couple of chipmunks running in & out the brush hauling seeds and nuts back to their dens(?) that I was keeping an eye on. THen this squirrlel showed up. After I took the photo it started coming right at me...EEEEEK!
That made it decide to go the other way thank goodness! LOL
I enjoy looking at the cute squirrel photos so much. I am feeling very sad today because my black baby squirrel got ran over. He was the only black one in the park as far as I know. Here's one of the last photos I took of him.
Oh...that is so sad Susan. I have had some special ones that I could recognize when they would come to the yard. I am always sad when they stop coming, because I know that means something has happened to them.
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