Name these squirrels
(Bird pictures further down – be patient)
Keen followers of our postings from the garden with have gathered that a family of four junior red squirrels have emerged from a nest somewhere in our roof and are busy learning to be surviving squirrels in our garden fattening up in the process on the pine nuts etc in our trees
Yesterday, three of them were gorging in the tree next to our deck. Really cute little guys in need of names – and no, we don’t know their genders. Care to make a suggestion? here are the three of them all together.
Now, for squirrel-lovers everywhere, some more photos followed by a few garden birds that happened along while we were busy bonding with Tamiasciurus hudsonicus. Note that American red squirrels should not be confused with Eurasian red squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris); since the ranges of these species do not overlap, they are both commonly referred to as “red squirrels” in the areas where they are native. The specific epithet hudsonicus refers to Hudson Bay, where the species was first catalogued by Erxleben in 1771.