Friday, May 14, 2010

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) live throughout most of Alaska. They forage and nest in coniferous forests. Their diet primarily consists of spruce cone seeds, willow seeds, berries, bugs, and fungi. They make a loud, warning chatter when alarmed.
This squirrel has been frequenting our yard all spring, and enjoying a feast of seeds from the Sitka Spruce. A couple weeks ago, I observed it carrying lichen and very small twigs up one of the large spruce. They have their young in late May and early June.

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8 comments:

Joy said...

That's a fantastic shot! How cute that squirrel is.

Hope to see you on Norwich Daily Photo soon. Have a great weekend!

SRQ said...

Nice capture. Good thing my dog can't see the computer screen!

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Gwyn that is just a fantastic image of the squirrel. Have a good weekend.

EG Wow said...

GREAT shot, Gwyn! I think squirrels are sooo cute, even if they are a bit mischievous.

Linda said...

So glad to hear that red squirrels are thriving in Alaska. We have very few left here - they've been overrun by the grey variety which was introduced to Britain from the US.

Elettra said...

Hallo Gwyn,this pic very very nice

Paul said...

Red squirrels are, I think very cute and as Linda said here in England they are sadly in decline.
I have not seen one in many a long year. Although I discovered recently that there are a few not too far from where I live Leeds in Yorkshire I must go over and check them out
I never knew that they were in Alaska too. Really nice photo.

Kim said...

That has to be the cutest squirrel photo ever (and I've seen a LOT of 'em :-) ). Boy, you nailed the lighting on this shot. It's wonderful.
-Kim