I think he has figured out that I will not harm him and allowed me to be close, but only for a couple seconds at a time while he got some seeds. That was the NIKON 70-200mm VR lens; it does a nice job!
Great photo! I love squirrels … I feed a couple on a wall between where I live and the neighbours – I watch them out the kitchen window. Found some hazelnuts under trees here and that’s been their regular fare for the last weeks, which they really seem to enjoy!
In the larger cities in Montana gray squirrels have been introduced (they are not native to this area) and you see a lot of them. They get pretty tame. This one is quite wild and I will not try to make him tame other than he will get used to seeing me,
Yes, that is a similar situation with the introduced grey and black squirrels here in Vancouver, BC. The squirrel near my home is wild and scared of me, but will tolerate me watching through the window; but in a park nearby, they are quite tame as well.
I love squirrels. We don’t see too many red squirrels here-mostly gray. I’ve wondered if the larger grays beat up on the reds because the reds seem to only be in small groups of a few here and there. i see reds in the woods, but I think the grays own suburbia.
Grays are not native to Montana but there are good sized populations in most of the larger cities (transplants). They seem to be friendlier than the native Reds and do well in the cities, probably because people provide plenty of food for them. The Red squirrels are much smaller and adapted to eating pine seed and berries since we don’t have acorns or any of the larger nuts as native plants.
I’ve seen the reds here in Vancouver, along with the grays and blacks, the imports. I find that the little red squirrels run a lot faster; maybe because they have to be more on the alert with the more dominant gray and black squirrels.
All indications are that he will winter here and we will enjoy having him! There will be food to supplement his natural foraging and it is a fairly safe place for the small birds and animals. We have left most of our property in its natural state so there is plenty of fairly thick brush and trees for shelter for them.
I have thought that he was a very busy squirrel or that there were two, but today my son said he saw two at one time although they were not right together. Perhaps that explains why the squirrel would permit me to get quite close one time and not the next, too.