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Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Jan 18, 2019 6:01 PM CST
Red Squirrel

This is a permanent dweller in our gardens and oak trees. He 'helps' by putting the acorns in his stash instead of the garden.

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Fleur569
Jan 18, 2019 6:36 PM CST
A delightful banner of the little critter. It sounds like he's earning his keep, and perhaps amuses you occasionally.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 18, 2019 7:02 PM CST
Fleur569 said:A delightful banner of the little critter. It sounds like he's earning his keep, and perhaps amuses you occasionally.


I agree with what Fleur said.

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 18, 2019 7:02 PM CST
I like this kind of squirrel better than the gray ones we get 365 days of the year. I think they're cuter than the gray ones. Once in a great awhile, we'll see one of these squirrels like you get.
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Jan 18, 2019 7:29 PM CST
I guess I had forgotten about this banner until tonight. I grew up having these squirrels around my home and in my yards. They naturalize easily in all wooded areas; even in towns and city parks. Their upper body is a speckled black-brown-orange combination with brown under parts. Occasionally there are slight variations in color. As a child we referred to them as 'Red Squirrels' because of the orange-red color which is dominate. However the Department of Natural Resources classifies it as a fox squirrel (Sciurus niger).

My property is fairly well populated with oaks and conifers which gives them ideal habitat and food supplies. Some folks might not like them; however I enjoy them because they are very attractive and fit into my idea of 'country life'. They have caused no damage or harm to the property or gardens. In fact they are experts at acorn removal from the lawn and flower gardens (preventing oak seedlings). They also clean up any stray ears of corn from the garden patch too. We enjoy watching them play and search for acorns on the ground. And they love drinking from the bird bath too.

This is the actual photo the banner is taken from. Somehow it got reversed with the squirrel actually facing right.
This was taken in May 21, 2014 (note the dandelions in the grass).
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These are photos of a different squirrel at the bird bath. Taken in October, 2017.
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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 18, 2019 8:38 PM CST
Leon,

That's what our squirrels do too. Drink from the pedestal birdbath (we use a heater in cold months and a water wiggler year round, but always from spring til freeze for sure), as well as sharpening their teeth on the outside of it (as in your second pic).

That's what I thought it was, a fox squirrel and that's what I've always called them.
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crawgarden
Jan 19, 2019 12:29 AM CST
Great banner Leon!
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pod
Jan 19, 2019 6:29 AM CST
I love this banner! Squirrels can be so fascinating to watch. In the past we have raised orphaned baby squirrels and the fox squirrel is much more laid back. Here, the grey squirrel is called a cat squirrel and they take over by running the fox squirrel off. The cat squirrel always acts like he has ADHD, wearing me out to watch them. Hilarious!

Fun banner! Thanks.... Thumbs up
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cliftoncat
Jan 19, 2019 7:05 AM CST
Adorable little squirrel and a great banner. Hurray! Thanks, Leon. We have lots of grey squirrels in England, sadly they have chased off most of the red squirrels, which are now confined to a few areas.
Name: Casey
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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greenappleagnes
Jan 19, 2019 7:17 AM CST
Leon, what an awesome banner! I agree with everyone - what a delight!!! They are quite entertaining with their antics. We have TONS of grey squirrels, wish we had a few fox squirrels too. Though not sure if they're common in this area.

We do have white squirrels in NC. In Brevard they have a white squirrel festival every year.

https://www.romanticasheville....

I've only seen one once in my neighborhood. Very cool!

Thank you for sharing additional pics and for the story. I've seen you mention a few times on the banner forum how much you learn and I couldn't agree more! Hurray!
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Legalily
Jan 19, 2019 8:43 AM CST
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Name: Leon
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TBGDN
Jan 19, 2019 8:44 AM CST
Thanks everyone for your comments. I enjoy reading your input and your experiences with them. Everyone benefits from mother nature's critters and their companionship. They can teach us a lot if we pay attention. And yes, they deserve a place in our lives just to watch and enjoy them. But we must remember to keep our distance and give them their space.

Kristi, ADHD? Rolling on the floor laughing

Marilyn, "sharpening teeth"? So that's what leaves the marks on the bird bath! D'Oh! I learned something!

Casey, Great article! I used to travel to Raleigh years ago for my work. I love that state especially along I-40 up in the mountains west of Ashville; so scenic up there!

Thanks Ginny!

BTW here are a couple more squirrel photos from Feb. 2015. I had been feeding them sunflower seeds in the bitter cold. I think this one is an expectant mother.
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GaNinFl
Jan 19, 2019 4:07 PM CST
Leon, I'll give you Thumbs up Thumbs up for the banner, but I despise those tree rats. They've destroyed some of my birdhouses, feeders and lounge chair cushions. Buggers the lot of them!

I suppose, in an attempt to find good in all things... they're kind of funny when it's a brisk morning and they're bouncing to and from and generally acting a nut. There, I tried. Smiling
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Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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TBGDN
Jan 19, 2019 4:36 PM CST
GaNinFl said:I suppose, in an attempt to find good in all things... they're kind of funny when it's a brisk morning and they're bouncing to and from and generally acting a nut. There, I tried. Smiling

Stan, I can understand the frustration. I have the same problems with house sparrows tearing up my bluebird nests. Then the blue jays destroy my robins' nests! And I have to watch the cats at all times! But my biggest problem is the moles tearing up the flower beds! Sad

Always better to try than not, even when it's difficult! Thumbs up I can sympathize because stuff happens to me too. Thumbs down So annoying!

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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2019 6:23 PM CST
pod said:Here, the grey squirrel is called a cat squirrel and they take over by running the fox squirrel off. The cat squirrel always acts like he has ADHD, wearing me out to watch them. Hilarious!


That's what the gray squirrels do when the fox squirrel(s) arrive here too, unfortunately.

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
Salvias Rabbit Keeper Hummingbirder Birds Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Marilyn
Jan 19, 2019 6:31 PM CST
TBGDN said:

Marilyn, "sharpening teeth"? So that's what leaves the marks on the bird bath! D'Oh! I learned something!

BTW here are a couple more squirrel photos from Feb. 2015. I had been feeding them sunflower seeds in the bitter cold. I think this one is an expectant mother.
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I think the squirrels discovered that not only get they get water from the birdbath, they discovered they have a place that their teeth can get sharpened. Ours is a concert birdbath and pedestal, so I don't know if they leave marks. We just see them doing both (drinking and afterward, sharpening).

That squirrel is so cute. Thank you posting the pics Leon. When she brings the babies (juvies) to your yard, maybe you can get some pics of all of them.

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Region: United States of America Region: Indiana Vegetable Grower
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TBGDN
Jan 19, 2019 7:00 PM CST
To the following:
CarolineScott, cliftoncat, dirtdorphins, Fleur569, Frenchy2, GaNinFl, greenappleagnes, greene, HemNorth, iciris, jmorth, Legalily, Lestv, Marilyn, plantmanager, pod, vic wildflowers, & zuzu
Sincere thanks for your comments & thumbs. I especially like your comments & input.

Also cliftoncat, Fleur569, greenappleagnes, & Marilyn
Thanks for your generosity in acorns.

All of you are the 'spice' of the banner forum. Your thoughts, comments and opinions are the 'glue' that holds this forum together!
And you make it a happy learning experience for everyone. You are all unique and form a winning combination! Thumbs up
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Name: Dana P
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bloominholes2fill
Jan 20, 2019 11:40 AM CST
Love the banner Leon! I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Casey
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greenappleagnes
Jan 20, 2019 11:57 AM CST
Ha, look what I just found! Tomorrow is Squirrel Appreciation Day!!

https://nationaldaycalendar.co...

Too funny! Let's all leave some extra treats for them. Smiling
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
Light is the shadow of God!
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TBGDN
Jan 20, 2019 1:25 PM CST
Dana Thanks!

Casey Thanks, I learned something new; Tomorrow is Squirrel Appreciation Day!!

Also I found this page on flickr showing pics of the smaller 'cousins'. The striped
ones we have here and call them chipmunks.
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