To celebrate “Squirrel Appreciation Day”, Rocky will now play the harmonica to the tune of “Getting to Know You”.
I didn’t know if you were serious so I checked and found today is also National Hugging Day and National Granola Bar Day:
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Seems like squirrels and granola bars would go well together.
While camping at Acadia N.P. one year I was laying about on a patio chaise we had brought, no roughing it for us, and the reds, obviously used to people, ran up my leg and did indeed share granola with me. It was bagged and not barred but cool. I did not try to hug any of them.
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It’s been around for a few years, created by a wildlife rehabilitator who probably fixed a few.
Even if I’m not a huge fan of squirrels as a rule, I have to admit that’s a cute shot, and I love the harmonica idea
They can be quite cute and very entertaining. He was just a beginner, I think, so it was hard at first to discern whether a harmonic or kazoo.
Too funny! Is this going to be an annual event for you now? Beautiful photo of this little one.
Thanks, Todd. It’s been around for a few years and I’ve observed it each year. I don’t photograph them all that often so it might get repetitive.
The prettiest shot of a red I’ve ever seen!
Thanks, Eliza. This was in the Quabbin Park orchard where the deer and the red squirrels play. 🙂 People feed the deer, squirrels, and the birds there, which is supposedly not allowed, so they are fairly used to us and great models.
Not a National holiday, but it should be. 🙂
Agreed. Let’s start a petition!
I don’t think I’ve ever seen this species. That white eye ring is really unusual, and its pointed ears with the little tufts looks different. The color is gorgeous — the background and whatever it’s sitting on really complement it. I do love the squirrels, and this one’s a beauty.
They are fairly common here in New England although not found, at least by me, in our neighborhood. If you like those pointed little ears, check out these on the European species.
This is a lovely little one. He’s sitting on an apple tree stump in an orchard within Quabbin Park. People have been going there for years, one in particular spent his final years hanging feeders for the birds and deer which is actually forbidden but not enforced, and they are quite used to humans.
What a beautiful portrait of Rocky!
Isn’t he a good looker. Cute and almost cuddly.
If they don’t get into your attic they are just that, sweet little critters. 🙂
What a perfect portrait, Steve. It’s nice that you have a place you can go to see these for a change from the ever-present gray squirrels. Out here the similar species is the Douglas squirrel (lots of things were named after David Douglas, a 19th-century explorer). The European Red squirrel is very similar too but has fabulous, long ear tufts. We got to see them close-up and begging for nuts in a botanical garden in Germany. I say, go ahead and continue this annual tradition! 😉
Thanks, Lynn. I’ve seen many pictures of the European species on Facebook. One photographer in particular specializes in them and those long ear tufts are adorable. I probably will but it is an actual day proposed by a wildlife rehabilitator.
I looked at some images of the Douglas Squirrel on Google and they are pretty cute also with their two-tone coloring.
They were coming to our feeder for a while, then suddenly stopped or disappeared. One of them was taking food from our hands, too. We’re mystified as to why they disappeared but it could be a predator. I see just one Doug squirrel every now and then. Maybe the owl or coyote or hawk got almost all of them and we just have to wait for another breeding cycle. 🙂 Nature’s mysterious ways….
Oh no! Alas poor Rocket J. Squirrel., we knew you well.
Thats hilarious. good shot, nice commentary.
Hey, Donald. Great to hear from you and thanks.
Great Squirrel image Steve!
Thanks, Reed. They are great little posers.
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