Monday, 21 April 2014

What could be better than a Red Squirrel in the garden on Easter Monday?

THREE red squirrels ....... what a brilliant start to the day :}  Who needs chocolate bunnies and fluffy chicks?





















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  1. Brilliant ,,, I bet you are still smiling :-)

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    1. Absolutely Jill, just wish I'd got more pictures of all of them together.

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  2. Fantastic and next maybe babies? Are they called kittens?

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    1. Yes Sue, babies are kittens and apart from their small size are easily distinguished from adults because they don't yet have ear tufts.

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    2. I read/heard their ear tufts were more noticeable in winter. Have you noticed any difference?

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    3. Sue, like many mammals, Reds develop a thicker coat as winter approaches. That is when the ear tufts seem to grow on first year animals. After that, the adults always seem to have 'tufts' but the coats are noticeably lighter/thinner in summer.

      You are of similar age to me therefore will probably remember the wonderful 'Tufty Club' :}

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    4. I think I can give you a few years, Jayne but yes I do remember the Tufty club although it was really my younger sister's era.

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    5. Perhaps we should start a campaign to bring back the Tufty Club :}
      http://www.rospa.com/about/history/tufty.aspx

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  3. You have some great little friends there!

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    1. Morning Jessica, wonder what Ptolemy would make of them?

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  5. Green with envy or should I say red!!! Lovely. Take care.

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    1. Thanks Susan, not something you will see Down Under :}

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  6. I've got red squirrel envy! Much as our grey squirrels amuse me, they're still rats with tails! :-(
    Everything is looking good in your garden - taking out those leylandi has made such a difference!
    Need to borrow LP please - I've pulled my back levering a rather too large stone on the Japanese garden...will I ever learn? Doubt it! x

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    1. Morning Nutty, so sorry you've cream-crackered your back. No point me telling you to take it easy (pot, kettle, black, re-arrange into a well-known phrase or saying). Any chance of a Gnomeland update to show us what you've been doing?

      I'd love to lend you LP but he already doesn't have enough hours in the day for all his commitments, not sure how long you'd have to wait for him :{

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  7. Oh, your little guys are so cute!! Love those ears.

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    1. Thanks FFG, we love them too; the heart-breaking thing is that imported tree rats (or American grey squirrel to be precise) still continue to flourish and take over. I know there are greys just a couple of miles from here. Long-term it does not look good for our gorgeous tufty visitors.

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  8. I've never seen such red squirrels! Great shots! We used to live in a place that had white squirrels, and have seen black squirrels in Washington D.C. Around here ours are most grey.

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    1. Thanks Leigh. They are one of the few native mammals we have left in this country (interesting ones such as wolves being hunted to extinction some years ago).

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