This was a rare sighting at our house. We don’t have squirrels around our place. Our home is surrounded by large farm fields, so any critter making it to our property had to travel quite a way with little cover – except this time of year where the crops are up. Still, when they get here, there’s no natural food source – no nut trees.
When this little guy showed up, he was the immediate center of attention. I noticed him when I looked out the window to see what the racket was all about. What I saw amazed me. This little guy was circling the trunk of a tree as quickly as his nimble legs would allow, with bluebirds in hot pursuit. The birds were relentless, dive-bombing him at every turn. Whenever he would venture out of thick brush, the birds would be on him. He eventually caught a break and was able to grab a quick meal; cleaning up under the bird feeders.
When I spotted him I, naturally, wanted to get a picture. I knew, if I went outside, he would run and hide. To get this shot, I stayed inside, opened the window, removed the screen and cautiously held my camera out the window.
This was the last time I saw him. He must have gone on to a friendlier neighborhood. I don’t blame him.
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This common red squirrel strikes an unusual pose. I think it looks like he’s “planking.”
According to Wickipedia: Planking (or the Lying Down Game) is an activity consisting of lying face down —sometimes in an unusual or incongruous location. The term planking refers to mimicking a wooden plank.
I saw this comical fellow on an early morning walk through the woods. When he saw me, he ran up a tree and hopped onto this board and reclined – remaining motionless as I slowly moved closer to take this photo.
Though humorous to us, I’m told this position is a defensive move squirrels often employ – to minimize their exposure to predators by attempting to blend in with the tree branch they’re on.
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