The secret life of squirrels

We never see what they do when they’re in the trees, but three of them (probably a family) are snoozing on my windowsill in a big furry pile.  It’s a perfect day for that, sunny and slightly cool.

24 Comments

  1. Hempenstein
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    This is the same window you take those skyline shots from?

  2. daveau
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    Do you give them a peanut? I have several squirrelies that will eat out of my hand. I also still owe Diane G. a video of Merlyn chasing poor Ratso around in our back yard. Production delayed by a combination of weather and travel.

  3. Patrick
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    They look tasty.

    • Michael Fisher
      Posted June 14, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

      This just in: A squirrel oddity (A poor pun on the film) :)

      • Diane G.
        Posted June 14, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

        Cute! Esp. the music. I wonder if that squirrel wasn’t just enjoying the ride, as I know they’re perfectly happy to just hang upside down when hungry:

        • Diane G.
          Posted June 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Permalink

          Tho it may be a tad exhausting:

          • Michael Fisher
            Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

            Very funny that exhausted squirrel pic ! Also I had no idea these creatures were available in black

            • Dominic
              Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

              They are a melanistic form in the midwest I think & on the rise in the UK

              http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-11444893

              • Diane G.
                Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

                Oh, thanks Dom! Didn’t see your post before my comment below. Interesting article!

                Here I don’t observe the black morph being any more or less dominant. The fox squirrels, when present, seem to have a slight advantage (rule of tonnage?), but the feisty little red squirrels reign over the grays at feeders in the summers, even though they look about half as large, if that.

            • Diane G.
              Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:23 pm | Permalink

              Yep, they’re a fairly common morph of our “gray squirrel,” Sciurus carolinensis, around here–SW Michigan–and in many places around the NE US as well, I believe. Not sure about other places.

              Gray gray squirrel, fox squirrel, black gray squirrel:

              • gruebait
                Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

                We’ve got ‘em here in SE Pennsylvania. There is a population of them centered on my son’s house, that has held constant at about 10% for at least 30 years (it used to be my mom’s house).

                I never see them elsewhere around town, though, just on this one block with a lot of big beech trees.

              • Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

                Never seen a black one in NC, probably not great in our hot sunny weather.

              • Dominic
                Posted June 16, 2011 at 6:02 am | Permalink

                Black form makes more sense in a dense woodland or further north perhaps?
                hmmm…

              • Diane G.
                Posted June 16, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Permalink

                Black form makes more sense in a dense woodland or further north perhaps?
                hmmm…

                Well, as you would imagine, Wikipedia has something to say about it…your reasons are touched on as is a sort of parallel to industrial melanism, only in this case it’s deforestation demelanism…Interestingly, it seems they’ve also been introduced all over:

                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Squirrels

  4. Bobbie
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Awww.. so cute! I get to see one outside my window on my suet cage.

  5. Dominic
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    Er, recall the Zuk post chaps & be careful how you comment, lest you make them sound too human-like! ;)

  6. Diane G.
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    We never see what they do when they’re in the trees,

    Squirrel cam needed!

    …but three of them (probably a family) are snoozing on my windowsill in a big furry pile. It’s a perfect day for that, sunny and slightly cool.

    What a privilege to witness that! I, too, would like to know more about said window and the habitat beyond.

  7. Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    They are so cute. I like squirrels, even though they make feeding the birds difficult. They visit my back yard regularly for water from the birdbath, especially since we’ve had minimal rain for weeks.

  8. Marella
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    Do squirrels get into roofs as possums do? If it were legal I’d build myself a verandah, buy a rocking chair and a shotgun and sit out of a summer evening taking potshots at the little buggers! That’d learn them!

  9. Erp
    Posted June 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    Stanford University has black squirrels also (apparently black Eastern Grey Squirrels)

  10. Paul g
    Posted June 15, 2011 at 12:51 am | Permalink

    Squirrel: an animal well suited to launchin’


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