This time a year, when you walk through the forest, the squirrel will ‘hawk’ at you… squawking incessantly. You are in their territory after all. This is their busy time. They are scurrying around ‘squirreling’ away nuts for the winter, filling crevices and holes throughout the forest – stuffed full of pinecones.
It seems every one in the forest is fattening up for the winter, readying themselves for those long cold winter months where food is scarce for these forest animals.
Including these hawks who were looking for those squirrels!
Everybody’s gotta eat!
You can tell when the weather is nice, even if only for a short period of time… the birds and squirrels come out in droves to collect seeds and food before the storms return. They are fun to watch as they happily hop around soaking up the fleeting sunshine.
We have red headed Acorn Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers in these parts.
… and the occasional endearing dear and crazy squirrel .
We get a lot of squirrels and chipmunks. There are not unusual around here. But we get these tufted eared squirrel occasionally that are very striking looking. I originally thought that they are Kaibab squirrel, but Kaibab squirrels are known for being primarily in conifer forests in North Grand Canyon. So either these little guys are lost… or they are just garden variety tufted ear squirrels. Our visiting squirrel is likely a Abert’s Squirrel which is the variety found in South Grand Canyon.
Either way, this little guy has gotten pretty comfortable here, and comes to visit occasionally. Whatever family they belong to, we’re happy to have them visit and pose for my photos. Smile, you’re on Kathy’s camera. :)
You know what they say… when given lemons make lemonade…. or something like that.
I would love to have bear and mountain lions to photograph (or even elk and deer), but with all the rain we have had, the big animals have lots of options for food and drink, making them harder to find.
So, in attempt to keep up my wildlife photography, I did a session with this little squirrel (and a few birds).
This little squirrel seems to be quite content to not be sharing his space with big animals.
Nature can be a fascinating thing to witness. I had a kick out of watching this determined squirrel shimming up this tree to get to the new growth on the pine trees.
It’s winter time, and it was a blustery day as his tail swept across his face while he straddled limb after limb to get to this little pine cones.