I’ve been lucky to receive these lovely visitors to my garden over the last four weeks. I have my trail camera set up on the feeding area to catch them when I’m not watching. I ended up buying a squirrel feeder a day after I saw the first squirrel and it’s being well used. I hope they continue to come, as they haven’t been regular garden visitors, the last time I saw one was January 2017.
They are definitely expanding their population in my area of Kinross-shire. I’m seeing them more when out and about in my local patch. I’ve lived here for almost 16 years now and all I ever used to see were the greys, who were often in the garden, but I’ve not seen one of those here for a long time.
The Red Squirrel in the photo below is female and was the first of the visitors, and looked very much like she was pregnant. She hasn’t visited for a week, I’m wondering if she has given birth.
The squirrel pictured below is a male. I had a surprise when checking my trail camera images after being away on holiday. There was a photo of him in the squirrel feeder: don’t worry, he wasn’t still in there when I returned home! He’s coming to the feeder every day at the moment, which I’ve now mounted on the fence.
In the second photo of him, you can see that his ear tufts are not as prominent as the female’s. I can quite easily tell them apart, and she also has a tiny scar above her right eye.
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