Red Squirrel, Grey Squirrel

Pretty much exactly three years ago, we were in Málaga, and yomping up the hill towards Castillo Gibralfro, the fortified castle which protected the city for centuries, and shown in the header photograph.

Part way up, we were charmed to be accosted by the local red squirrels, who very politely skirted round any visitors they met, asking for nuts.

This cheeky chap clearly stole the hearts of these two teenagers.

Let’s move in just a little closer ..

…. and closer still …

I thought of this little charmer when I was posting my Monday portrait of that irritated grey squirrel I met at Fountains Abbey. This was the ideal chance to compare the two squirrels who each lived on historic sites. They’re more different than I at first realised.

Those ears. Those eyes. They’re quite different, aren’t they?

And what about the tails?

Here they both are, back in their respective trees:

For Patti’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #190: Close and Closer

Author: margaret21

I'm retired and living in North Yorkshire, where I walk as often as I can, write, volunteer, and travel as often as I can.

23 thoughts on “Red Squirrel, Grey Squirrel”

  1. As a little girl, I was confused that Tufty the Road Safety Squirrel did not look at all like the squirrels in our London garden — until my dad told me about the invasive grey squirrels!
    It lovely to see a red squirrel in the wild. The first time I did was in the Black Forest. I was quite excited, and the locals though I was bonkers…….

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  2. I love visiting your space Margaret! You give me so many great moments and great conversations. Thank you for your friendship and for sharing your moments with us. A reminder that we live in a world with amazing creatures.

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  3. Fascinating comparison, Margaret. Great details. I had no idea they were so different. Have you ever seen a black squirrel? We saw them in Michigan quite often.

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