Montana Outdoors

November 18, 2012

Portrait of a squirrel

Filed under: Animals — Tags: , , — montucky @ 4:52 pm

Red Squirrel, Pine Squirrel

Red Squirrel, Pine SquirrelPine squirrel, Red squirrel, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Upon making his careful decision to take up residency here with us (at least until the sunflower seeds run out), this little fellow insisted on sitting for a portrait to be added to the family album.


  1. He looks in good shape for winter. Nice healthy coat. Very cute little guy.


    Comment by wordsfromanneli — November 18, 2012 @ 4:53 pm

    • He does looks very good and he is very active. I hope he will stay around.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 11:07 pm

  2. If there’s any chance – ANY! – of him running out of sunflower seeds, you just let me know and I’ll send a St. Bernard with a cask full of seed for him. What a cute guy!


    Comment by shoreacres — November 18, 2012 @ 4:59 pm

    • He will have plenty of seeds. We keep them out for the birds. The chipmunks are sleeping now and so he will just take their place at the table.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

  3. Awesome shot Terry, love all the intricate detail you were able to capture in him !!


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — November 18, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

    • 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!


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  4. They are so lovely, but there are none around were I live now…


    Comment by bentehaarstad — November 18, 2012 @ 5:16 pm

    • THese little guys are common in the forests here, but for some reason they haven’t visited our house very often. This one might stay around for the winter.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 11:13 pm

  5. Superb!! Love these..:-)


    Comment by Marcie — November 18, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

  6. 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!


    Comment by Julie Michaud — November 18, 2012 @ 6:14 pm

    • 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,


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 11:15 pm

      • 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.


        Comment by Julie — November 19, 2012 @ 7:33 pm

  7. I hope you don’t run out of sunflower seeds! What a cute little rodent!


    Comment by twoscamps — November 18, 2012 @ 6:19 pm

    • We will have plenty of seeds and I will find some kind of nuts that are a little more substantial for him to have on occasion, although he is used to mostly berries, pine seeds and mushrooms.


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

  8. He looks so sweeeeeet! Wonderful captures =)


    Comment by Tricia — November 18, 2012 @ 9:24 pm

  9. Precious….


    Comment by seekraz — November 18, 2012 @ 9:47 pm

    • He is! From what I’ve seen, he is also planting sunflowers all over the place, even more than the chipmunks do. I hope his memory os good!


      Comment by montucky — November 18, 2012 @ 11:20 pm

  10. Dang, he’d darling and what detail. We never see squirrels in CenPho. I’m sure he enjoys the nice accommodations and hope he stays.


    Comment by Candace — November 18, 2012 @ 11:52 pm

    • I would like him to stay around too. I know squirrels can create problems, but not so much here, and he will share the seeds with the small birds too. He is just plain cute!


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2012 @ 1:10 am

  11. Wonderful feel to these shots………….


    Comment by Grampy — November 19, 2012 @ 12:37 am

    • I was very happy to have that chance to photograph him. I don’t often have opportunities like that.


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2012 @ 1:14 am

  12. 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.


    Comment by New Hampshire Gardener — November 19, 2012 @ 5:16 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    • 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.


      Comment by Julie — November 20, 2012 @ 5:20 pm

  13. Super photos of the little opportunist! The clarity and sharpness is amazing. Maybe you will get lucky and he will stick around for the winter and provide you with more photo ops!


    Comment by dhphotosite — November 19, 2012 @ 8:52 am

    • 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.


      Comment by montucky — November 19, 2012 @ 10:37 am

  14. Darlin’ little guy!! Great photos, Terry!


    Comment by allbymyself09 — November 19, 2012 @ 11:21 am

    • Squirrels just have something special about them don’t they!


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 12:15 am

  15. What perfect little model! He did a great job posing. Cute little fella!


    Comment by Mama's Empty Nest — November 19, 2012 @ 3:15 pm

    • He did look as though he was posing for me, but those poses lasted just a little over a second. He would stop, then be gone in a flash.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 12:17 am

  16. Just adorable 🙂


    Comment by zannyro — November 19, 2012 @ 8:15 pm

    • He sure is, and a very respectable example of his species.


      Comment by montucky — November 20, 2012 @ 12:17 am

  17. What a wonderful portrait ! You’ve captured the little squirrel beautifully !


    Comment by Inspired and pretty — November 21, 2012 @ 8:55 am

    • He was a good subject, but he held each pose only a couple of seconds. He’s busy hiding seeds for the winter!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  18. Those are nice sharp views of a native squirrel, one I wasn’t familiar with but am glad to get to know.


    Comment by Steve Schwartzman — November 21, 2012 @ 7:49 pm

    • I would bet that these are a sub-species of the Red Squirrel. They are quite dark in color and not friendly in the sense that they don’t usually live around people. Sure pretty little folks though!


      Comment by montucky — November 21, 2012 @ 11:09 pm

  19. Awesome photos. Last one is my favorite.


    Comment by Sartenada — November 23, 2012 @ 6:24 am

  20. I knew you would eventually have your camera when he came to visit. I can’t believe you only have one, though …. bet he is lonely. 😉


    Comment by bearyweather — November 23, 2012 @ 11:38 am

  21. 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.


    Comment by montucky — November 23, 2012 @ 9:58 pm

  22. Photo album worthy, for sure! What a great shot & what a cuuutie =)


    Comment by Tricia — November 29, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    • He has decided to stay here this winter. He has been as busy as can be building a winter nest and stocking it with sunflower seeds. It will be fun to watch him this winter!


      Comment by montucky — November 29, 2012 @ 11:29 pm

  23. What a fantastic portrait ! A lovely squirrel perfectly at ease in front of your camera. How close were you from him ?


    Comment by isathreadsoflife — December 2, 2012 @ 11:02 am

    • About seven feet. He is an interesting little fellow and allows me to get closer than most squirrels will.


      Comment by montucky — December 3, 2012 @ 12:08 am

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