Sunday, May 12, 2013

Seeing Red





Gray squirrels have never been endangered at our place.  Far from it.  We look out the window in the morning to see six or ten of them in a row eating the corn we've thrown out for the deer and turkeys, and two or three hanging out on the deck, as well as a few under the bird feeders.  They are so abundant that we pay scant attention to them, except when they chew on the deck, or dig up our newly planted bedding plants, or trash the bird feeder.





A little over a week ago, we saw a red squirrel, the first we've seen here in about six years. They're larger than the grays, and somewhat slower, and Don says they're dumber, too.  In the old days, when Don used to hunt squirrels, he was in a tree stand when a red squirrel came up to him, put it's small front paw on Don's boot, and looked up at his face.  That was the last time Don hunted red squirrels.  Don says he didn't have the heart to hunt something that clueless, it didn't seem sporting, but I suspect that the little creature's trusting move got under one tough hunter's skin.  The other day when I was about to chase Red out of the bird feeder, Don said, "this one gets a free pass".  Wonders never cease.

A few days later, there were two of them.  Now I've seen three at one time (don't tell Don), and who knows if there are more?








While the red squirrel honeymoon is still upon us, we're enjoying their antics.  When I stepped outside yesterday, one of them ran a short distance up a tree, then turned around and started down.  Halfway down the tree, it paused with its paw in the air, like an inchworm, flailing to find where to take its next step.

We went to visit some friends today, just west of here, and we saw a couple of red squirrels standing by the side of the road, shouldering tiny backpacks, their thumbs out, and a little sign that said "Smiley's place".

They're pushing it.








15 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Cute post, your red squirrels are pretty. Love that last shot!

Terri said...

Ah, they've found a safe haven- watch out! Too cute!

S. Etole said...

Our red squirrels are much smaller than the gray ones, but they have twice the attitude.

bailey-road.com said...

They know who the suckers are! Cute shots!

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're really cute, but it's not funny anymore when they almost come into your house when you open the door.

She Who Carries Camera said...

Me thinks they might be smarter than your hubby thinks! ;-) We, too, have an abundant about of gray squirrels, but I've never seen a red one. One time, when up in the NC Blue Ridge Mountains, I saw an albino one, that was a real treat! Adorable post!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Squirrel are precious.. Lovely pictures. Congrats..

Lisa Gordon said...

Connie, that first photo is absolutely precious!
What a great shot!
I hope you've had a great weekend.

Brian King said...

I'm laughing my butt off at the first photo! That's awesome! The last one is fantastic! Great pose! Those tree rats aren't missing any meals. :-)

Luna Miranda said...

i love your photos of Red--especially the last one! i think he put up a show for you.:p

Lui said...

Connie, the last shot is priceless!

And give Don a hug for letting these furries go ;-)

Deanna said...

We do not lack for red squirrels around here..and they are just as pesty here as they are anywhere. Hope your Mother's Day was grand!!

ladyfi said...

What hilariously sweet photos!

Sandra said...

Love these shots, Connie and the positions those squirrels take. That little red with the paw out is priceless! It's so lovely to see the fresh green of nature again, isn't it?

Jedidja said...

Great! We only have red ones ( but small ones)