|The red squirrel I've named "Little Red"|
In the days that I have been absent from my blog, several things have happened, but the most exciting is that I have finally met our resident red squirrel. I knew we had one that visited the pines at the edge of the yard, but didn't realize that he lived 'local'!
|My first photo of Little Red, about a week and a half ago,|
playing under some pines
|My second photo of Little Red, playing in our back yard|
about a week later!
I didn't discover that little fact until a few days ago, when I was walking to the mailbox. I saw Little Red run up our big tree in front of the house, but didn't have my camera with me (I mean who walks to the mailbox with their camera?) so I waited perhaps about 20 minutes and then quietly snuck back out and Little Red actually sat and let me get photos of him as he nibbled on a morsel he must have found.
|Very watchful as he sat on a piece of curled-up bark|
|It almost looks like he's eating a green grape!|
|Must be good!|
|And still watching me....|
|Lunch is finished...|
|Look at how long his nails are!|
I was really pleased with the way these photos turned out, but imagine my delight, when Little Red decided to get even braver still and came up onto the back deck this morning where I was sitting, to lick the sugar residue that had fallen from the Hummingbird feeder! What follows is the sequence of photos I took:
|He acted like he/she had no fear of me what-so-ever|
|I didn't realize that squirrels like sugary stuff!|
|Look at him go to town in the next photos!|
|Alert, but not afraid|
|He climbed up on the railing and had a royal feast!|
|He's lovin' it!|
|He stayed quite a few minutes cleaning up the sugar!|
|Lick, lick, lick!|
|Then he turned this way...|
|and that way...|
|and he couldn't bear to leave any behind...|
|then back to the top...|
|and had to get the outside too!|
After several minutes, he hopped off the deck, ran across the yard and climbed the shed to sit on the roof for a few minutes.
|Go Little Red go!|
|Checking out his territory?|
(Okay, I have an admission here...I don't know if this is one and the same red squirrel in each batch of photos, as I have seen two of them playing in the back yard. Nor do I know whether they are male or female...I haven't had the fortune to be able to 'see'!)
Thanks for stopping by...I hope you enjoyed Little Red!