Grey Squirrels

Grey Squirrels are not as common around here as the Red Squirrels are and as far as I know, they always nest in trees instead of in peoples homes.  I certainly enjoy watching them whenever I find them playing.

Yesterday I was able to watch 2 of the Grey Squirrels racing from tree to tree and around in circles.  🙂

Many of the pictures I took were just blurs, but I managed to get some fairly good pics of the little critters  playing.

Grey Squirrels
Grey Squirrels
Grey Squirrels
Grey Squirrels
Grey Squirrels
Grey Squirrels

I believe that these 2 squirrels are young ones as they would stop to forage a bit and then continue with their chase and run fun.

The main visual difference between the Red and Grey Squirrels is size.  They Grey Squirrels are bigger.  It is too bad I can’t get a picture of the 2 of them in one picture, so it would be easier to see the difference, but they would be fighting if that close together.

Several years ago we had a summer when a couple of young Grey Squirrels fell out of the big Elm Trees in our back yard.  According to the Wildlife Rehab in our area, this is not uncommon.  The squirrels learn to race around the treetops by doing it – and occasionally the young ones will miss a jump and fall to the ground.  Unfortunately for both of them, it was a very long way down.  One died instantly and the other must have broken his back.  He could still move very quickly by using his front legs and dragging the rest of his body, and was very hard to catch, but with the help of a neighbour, I managed to get him in a box.  I called the Wildlife Rehab who advised me to take him to a veterinarian to have him put to sleep, since they would not be able to release him back into the wild with this kind of injury.  It was sad, but there was nothing else I could do.  Luckily that was the only time this has happened in my yard.

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Grey Squirrels

  1. I find them fascinating. Spotty and I, while on our slow walk up the road, this morning watched a young squirrel as it went along the wall then up into the high fir trees, in someones’ garden.

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