Thursday, 7 June 2012

Home Patch (19): Squirrelympics

While I was counting birds in the garden, a pair of competitive Grey Squirrels ...
... decided to have a rough-and-tumble at the Starting Line.
This one decided to join the relay race ...
... but he lost his baton
... and decided to withdraw from the competition
... as it was time for elevenses.

There are two kinds of Squirrel in the British Isles. These Grey Squirrels are the dominant but non-native species. They are great characters and good fun to watch. I have included the pair in the photos above in my RSPB survey, as part of the form is about mammals.

The Red Squirrel is a delightful animal. It is shy of humans and can only be found in certain parts of the UK. I have watched Red Squirrels in Scotland and on Brownsea Island.


Kay Weeks said...

Wonderful photos, Caroline, and your comments are to-the-point.


kirstallcreatures said...

Lovely set of pics of the playful squirrels

leavesnbloom said...

We have some red squirrels here - we even have special road signs cautioning drivers to drive slowly as they have crossing points. Two grey squirrels were fighting in the garden this week - pulled stuff out of garden containers - sat on top of a bush and broke stems......crazy olympic games were held here!