Meet Scurry the Squirrel

Head Squirrel of the Garden Clean-up Team

Scurry the Squirrel – because he scurries and he is an Eastern Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and with a genus like Sciurius naming him Scurry just fits.

Despite being black(ish) he/she is nevertheless a Gray Squirrel, as are the rather less common cream coloured forms.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 11 May, 2021
  • Focal length: 219.82000757863mm
  • ISO: 320
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s
By |2021-05-11T16:31:50-04:00May 11th, 2021|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, mammal|2 Comments


Long time visitors to this site will have seen this image before – it’s the “best” raccoon portrait I have ever taken (I think) but the recent visitations have not allowed me to better it, so here it it again. Fun creatures so long as they don’t get in your garbage.

  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
  • Taken: 12 July, 2006
  • Exposure bias: -1/3EV
  • Focal length: 260mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/40s

By |2020-08-17T10:03:37-04:00August 18th, 2020|Baie-D'Urfe, garden, mammal|0 Comments

Busy Paws


Very stormy and wet day so we passed much of it watching the garden and between rainy blatter periods mother raccoon and four youngsters paraded from one patch of vegetation across the pond and into the trees. Always takes time to grab the camera so this is kid number four.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 29 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 174.93mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/250s

By |2020-07-29T16:32:31-04:00August 3rd, 2020|garden, mammal|0 Comments


Cone Harvest

Around now the garden squirrels climb up the high trees around the house and snip off the pine cones. These fall on the roof of the sunroom with a great crash and are later in the day rounded up by the squirrels for a healthy snack. This was an early breakfast for one of our friends.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 9 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 177.86mm
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 1/800s

By |2020-07-09T09:53:48-04:00July 13th, 2020|garden, mammal|0 Comments

White-tailed Deer


We happened upon this well-nourished deer in the arboretum a day or two ago and spent a few minutes staring at each other. It knew we were there but apart from showing a little caution it didn’t really seem unduly worried.

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: DSC-RX10M3
  • Taken: 7 July, 2020
  • Focal length: 83.9mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

By |2020-07-07T14:54:43-04:00July 11th, 2020|arboretum, mammal|0 Comments
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