"A Sand County Almanac"

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Gray Squirrels

The number of gray squirrels seems to be at a record high.  Probably due to a lack of hunters pursuing them in modern times.  Forty years ago I knew many folks who looked forward to opening day of squirrel season almost as much as deer season. Today, I can't think of anyone who hunts squirrels in our area.

A cavity in a tree can provide shelter to a variety of wildlife from owls to chickadees...



In this case a squirrel has claimed this "den tree" as a snug place to spend the winter...







On almost every outing I see squirrels stashing nuts to get them through the time when snow will cover the ground, making foraging more difficult...









This lucky squirrel has a convenient perch at the entrance to it's den on which to eat and watch the world go by...



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1 comment:

  1. We have had two outstanding mast years back to back and the squirrel population has responded. I enjoyed reading your observation concerning hunting for it is the same here. Squirreling was a very popular autumn activity but now hardly anyone takes the time to pursue them. I would expect that their main concern today is from the raptors who's population has risen as well with the protections afforded them. Merry Christmas Steve!

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