Monday Portrait

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, National Trust, Wildlife

It wasn’t much more than a year ago. I was walking in the grounds of Fountains Abbey when I heard a vicious one-sided conversation going on above me. It was a squirrel, a very heated and angry squirrel, who evidently had a great deal to complain about. Maybe it was me he was angry with. I never found out. The complaining went on long after I’d gone out of his sight.

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  1. Not knowing anything about Squirrels it is a great photo but why do they carry their tails like that. A rear view would be most undignified I think ๐Ÿฟ

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      1. I don’t know about you, Peter, but I’ve never knowingly seen a squirrel’s bottom. They tend to hold their tail parallel to the ground when running – and as you say, tails are quite a versatile bit of their anatomy.

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      2. How very strange that you should post that! Today, for the second time ever, I have actually seen a squirrel’s bottom. He (for it was, without doubt, a he) was feeding off one of our small bird feeders, balancing by holding on to the feeder with his back legs, stretching up, tail over his back, hanging on to whatever he could with his front fingers, and devouring as much as possible, as quickly as possible. His bottom was on full display. Unfortunately I do not have photographic evidence!
        The first time was last year when I came across a lady who seemed in distress, down on the ground, tail over her back and immobile. She was in such a state that she did not object when I approached and picked her up. I placed her in a tree as high as I could reach and she disappeared after a few minutes. She seemed very poorly indeed. I do have photographic evidence of that! Isn’t nature enthralling, and wonderful!

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      3. It certainly is. I hope last year’s rescue turned out well, but fear for the worst. And as I was saying to Dawn, squirrel proof feeders seem the way forward. Though possibly less fun…

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  2. That, I believe, is the same squirrel who has been jumping on to my bird feeder from the tree trunk, tormenting my dogs, and eating all of the bird seed. I am the one who should be angry! Seriously, nice photo.

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