01.21.2022 Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day

To celebrate “Squirrel Appreciation Day”, Rocky will now play the harmonica to the tune of “Getting to Know You” in a repeat performance.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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33 Responses to 01.21.2022 Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day

  1. picpholio says:

    Great shot Steve and nice color match.

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  3. We used to feed peanuts to squirrels when I was growing up on Long Island. This was a common pose.

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    • This and a few others as well as deer and a variety of birds have all become used to visitors feeding them in this orchard although it is not encouraged. At one time, as with all of Quabbin, it was private property and the former owner was allowed to continue his habit of feeding the wildlife which carried over to other visitors. Nowhere else is it allowed and now that he has passed on it is against regulations although that doesn’t stop folks from binging seed etc.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    I suppose squirrels play a very important role in the ecosystem and should be honored. I just wish they’d keep their little paws off the bird feeders! πŸ™‚

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    • We are no longer feeding the birds due to bear visits but when we did I stacked two pieces of 8″ stove pipe and a dome around the pole feeder and only once afterwards did a squirrel get on the feeder and that was when there was two to three feet of snow to give it a little boost. It works reasonably well. I’d throw seed and corn on the ground to ease their disappointment. πŸ™‚

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  5. Peter Klopp says:

    What a lovely specimen of a squirrel you captured there, Steve!

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  6. Jet Eliot says:

    It really does look like he’s playing the harmonica! Fun post, Steve, wonderful photo, and thanks for letting me know it was Squirrel Appreciation Day. I love squirrels, such clever little creatures.

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  7. shoreacres says:

    I’m so glad you posted this, Steve. I wasn’t aware of the day, and when I saw this, I just had to follow your lead and post a squirrel’s portrait, too. Then, I realized many people wouldn’t have read my “what happens when the squirrel gets drunk” story, so I reposted that. I’ve got January 21 on next year’s calendar now, so I can be a little ahead of the curve!

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    • Glad to have made you aware, Linda. OPf everyone I know, I was sure you’d appreciate celebrating squirrels. Maybe for next year you’ll meet another little poser. I am pretty sure I did not read your previous story so will check it out soon.

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  8. Ann Mackay says:

    LOL, certainly looks as if he has a harmonica there. πŸ™‚ We have hazel trees in the garden and it’s fun to watch the grey squirrels running along the top of the fence to get to them. I just hope they haven’t planted a lot more hazel trees!

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  9. Tina says:

    They’re real charmers in the garden, to be sure. I noticed two yesterday, wooing and mating, so they’ll be more on the way very soon. I like squirrels and don’t mind (too much!) they’re more destructive tendencies. They’re definitely ramping up the eating of peanuts ahead of baby squirrel season. Great shot, but then again, squirrels are pretty photogenic.

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    • Squirrels do have plenty of personality. This one gave me a bunch of poses but this seemed the best for the occasion. We’ve never noticed much squirrel damage in our gardens, maybe our yard provides enough other attractions. Thanks, Tina!

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  10. GAIL PLATZ says:

    Great image and comments!

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  11. Very nice post & image Steve! Enjoyed seeing it! A FUN Image!

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  12. cute little furry thing and beautifully executed photo of it!

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  13. Todd Henson says:

    Beautiful portrait, catch light and all! πŸ™‚

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  14. Hi Steve,
    I know I’m a little late, but I want to add my admiration for this beautiful portrait. Your East Coast squirrels seem a lot more dainty than ours. I also love the white underside and eyering.
    Best,
    Tanja

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    • Thanks, Tanja. Well, I’ve been fairly inactive recently so no apology needed. I appreciate the comments whenever they come.

      These red squirrels are somewhat accepting of humans especially in circumstances where they get fed. When camping we would often have them climb right up on pur chairs, jump on the arm and take trail mix from our hands. Probably not a good practice but most folks find them entertaining and cause no harm.

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