Saturday, June 22, 2019

Squirrel Family

I interrupt our visit to the Garden-on-the-Bay to share a few pictures of our squirrel family.  Suddenly, a week ago, three young squirrels appeared out back.  Raised in a nest high in the tree, they came cautiously down, and slowly got more and more rambunctious, though never straying more than a few feet from the tree.  They are noticeably only half the size of the mature squirrels we see regularly.

At first two black ones appeared,

but they were soon joined by a similar sized grey one.

They were soon chasing each other around the tree trunks, and then dissolving into a tumbling circle of three young squirrels.



I managed to catch an 8 sewcond video, but it captures the short wrestling match well I think.

Although these are all Eastern Grey Squirrels, a grey can mate with a black, and depending on the DNA, have young of both colouirs.  The black is a colour phase of the Grey Squirrel species.

13 comments:

  1. They are like kittens the way they play with each other!

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  2. Such a bunch of cuties. I have some young chipmunks hanging around. They get tame WAY TOO EASILY.

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  3. What fun! They are definitely juveniles having a blast with each other. Good video, too. :-)

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  4. Loved the video and photographs :)

    All the best Jan

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  5. Hide and seek for anyone, they are so lovely.

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  6. Wonderful! I hadn't realised until fairly recently that there were black squirrels - we just get the native red ones year, and the far more populous invading greys (still cute, though).

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  7. What and interesting time watching the squirrels, like the video too.

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  8. Squirrels certainly are entertaining. Black phase individuals seem to make up a much larger percentage of the population in protected areas: parks, college campuses, golf courses, etc. than in "wild" areas. Presumably black individuals are more susceptible to predation than individuals of the typical gray phase. The black phase also seems to constitute a larger percentage during gray squirrels' periodic population surges.

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  9. That's quite the little Squirrel family you have going on there. Cute little buttons and nice to see them playing together. Video worked well. Wait till they get bigger, sneak into the house, and steal all your peanut butter!!

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  10. I lived four years in Sidney, Iowa and we had black squirrels. For some reason they are along the lower parts of Iowa at both the Missouri River valley and the Mississippi Valley. None of them live further north.

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