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Harvest Festival …

Harvest Festival …As everyone knoews, squirrels collect food when available and stash it away for the winter. There has been a good cone-crop this summer and the squirrels are making the most of it, but up until today we had assumed that they took a cone, hid it and then went back for another … but given the size of the trees aorund here that would use a lot of up and down energy. This [...]

By |2015-10-03T15:55:07+00:00October 3rd, 2015|squirrels|0 Comments

Red Squirrel

I think I am going to like this new lens a lot ... amazingly crisp and sharp. This is one of the years crop of "new" red squirrels making a good meal for him/herself. Aggressive little devils, but very photogenic.

By |2014-08-14T15:23:54+00:00August 14th, 2014|mammals, squirrels|0 Comments

Baffled by the squirrel-baffle

While waiting for some local water to open and the first migrating birds to start coming back it is perhaps an apposite moment to remind ourselves that "wildlife" is an all encompassing term and to remind ourselves of the cutest squirrels in the world ... and also the most aggressive. Our garden bird feeders are almost always knee-deep on gray squirrels that scarf down the reject seeds thrown out by the birds above but occasionally [...]

By |2014-03-02T13:41:29+00:00March 2nd, 2014|mammals, squirrels|0 Comments

Crossing the thirty barrier – plus one

Got held up this morning puzzling how to make a website I am developing for a research group into a multi-lingual site so were later than we would have liked setting out to the arboretum. Nevertheless, blue skies, fresh snow from yesterday, only two dogs as far as we could see, jolly cold and a couple of new birds for the year list ... Red-breasted Nuthatch (#29) and Merlin (#30). We also heard a very [...]

By |2014-02-06T15:47:06+00:00February 6th, 2014|arboretum, birding, birds, feeders, mammals, squirrels, Trees, winter|0 Comments

Proving the power of a “stumpery”

Those who have sat through one of my several presentations about designing a garden to attract birds will have head me speak of "scruffy corners" and "stumperies" and I know that this is a the feature that I have had the most questions about afterwards from the most people. A stumpery was a victorian invention to rival a rockery and in  essence is nothing more than a pile of logs rather more artfully arranged than [...]

By |2013-12-01T14:20:42+00:00December 1st, 2013|birding, birds, climate change, squirrels|0 Comments

A walk in the Arboretum

Needing some exercise and it being the start of leaf-peeping season, we took ourselves off for a pre-luncheon walk in the Arboretum to see what was to be seen. One of two red squirrels that entertained us The colours are starting to show themselves - albeit next weekend will be more striking and impressive and so here is a slide show of a selection of photographs from our walk. For those who know [...]

By |2013-10-05T16:16:04+00:00October 5th, 2013|birds, insects, squirrels, Trees|0 Comments

Junior Squirrels

Not ready to go full time with this blog quite yet, but nevertheless, wildlife tends to thrust itself under your nose. A family of four junior red squirrels have emerged from a nest somewhere in our roof and are busy learning to be surviving squirrels in our garden fattening up in the process on the pine nuts etc in our trees Yesterday, three of them were gorging in the tree next to our deck. Really [...]

By |2013-08-27T21:18:54+00:00August 27th, 2013|squirrels|0 Comments