Woodpeckers are in

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redseed2PSi.JPGYou 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.

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We have red headed Acorn Woodpeckers and Northern Flickers in these parts.

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… and the occasional endearing dear and crazy squirrel .

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Tufted Red Squirrel

redleapPS cropi.jpgWe 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.

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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. :)

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Lounge Squirrel

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).

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This little squirrel seems to be quite content to not be sharing his space with big animals.

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