Thursday, January 03, 2008

Red Squirrel Foraging in the Snow

There's no worry about this particular little mammal having enough food for the winter. I had thought it might prefer to spend a cold, snowy, winter's day in its cosy nest, lined with grass, bark and leaves; located in a tree cavity some- where nearby. Not this one though. While birds were wondering where all the food had gone this Red Squirrel, a species common throughout the province, was diving under the mounds of snow at my feeders and finding the sunflower seeds there that had been covered by the recent snowfall. Red Squirrels by their nature store large quanitites of food for the winter and I'm sure this one already has an ample supply for it has been an almost daily visitor at my feeders for a long time now.

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