Red-tailed Hawk Hunting a Gray Squirrel

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On a walk around Baisley Pond Park’s eponymous pond in Queens recently I heard a Gray Squirrel chittering away angrily at something. Tired of White-throated Sparrows and American Robins , I decided to stroll over and see what the squirrel was so upset about. It turned out that the squirrel had a good reason to be vociferous in expressing its displeasure: a Red-tailed Hawk was trying to make the squirrel into breakfast! Squirrels are hard too catch!

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Albino Squirrel

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After seeing an albino squirrel in a Redgannet post , The Management wrote to me suggesting that they would like one of those. He had seen Mike’s white squirrels , but they just weren’t white enough. Snowy in February The squirrel lives at Margate Cemetery, about 90 miles round trip from my house, so I had to coincide it with another reason for being there and it would be a couple of weeks before I could manage to get back. This post comes by way of an assignment.

The squirrel next door

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I still know my audience - this is primarily a blog read by birders in North America, who see the term “squirrel” as little more than a synonym for house sparrow, starling, pest and cholera. But bear with me for a second: this post presents a different context for a different squirrel. Germany, like most of Europe and very much unlike North America, is home to only one species of squirrel. Anyway, the Eurasian Red Squirrel.

Not Exactly Flying Squirrels

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Anyone who dares fill bird feeders in the hopes of actually, you know, feeding birds knows well the menace hungry squirrels present. Entire industries are built around preventing squirrels from completely devouring provisions intended for birds. The bird feeder arms race demands incessant innovation because of the utter fearlessness and abandon driving squirrels to plunder feeders. Do you have shots of not-exactly-flying squirrels you’d like to share?

White Squirrels of Rochester

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As a native New Yorker, I’ve seen my share of squirrels. Our standard Sciuridae is the Eastern Gray Squirrel ( Sciuridae carolinensis ) and while most of these rambunctious rodents are indeed gray, they sometimes come in other flavors. The Bronx was beset by hordes of Black Squirrels , melanistic members of this common species. So black squirrels have never been a surprise to me. Yes, the mythical white squirrel does indeed exist.

Squirrel Buster Plus

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When my friends over at YourBirdOasis sent me a super squirrel-proof bird feeder to review, I had to think about who I knew who could really put the device to the test. After all, I have my local white squirrels well in hand. As an urban homeowner with two Black Walnuts and a Ginko on the property, I have moments where a squirrel’s work ethic is hard for me to admire. In the context of my backyard, I doubt Bird appreciates Squirrel’s resoluteness either.

Squirrel Buster Wild Bird Feeders: A Review

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There are bird feeders and then there are squirrel feeders disguised as bird feeders, a fact known well by those of us who have committed a part of our lives to our yard birds. And, I learned that wherever you have bird feeders, you also have squirrels. Persistent, greedy, clever squirrels who will rob you and your birds of all seed. And, nyjer seed is very low on squirrels list of seed favorites. Don’t worry; no squirrels have been harmed.

The Squirrel Cuckoo in Photos

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The Squirrel Cuckoo is the most common and widespread of all New World cuckoos. The Squirrel Cuckoo is more often seen as it flies from tree to tree or across a clearing in the forest. Most new world cuckoos, including the Squirrel Cuckoo , are not brood parasites and build a nest and rear their young like most other birds. Seeing a Squirrel Cuckoo on your next trip south of the border is nearly guaranteed.

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Baby Squirrels Rescued from Hurricane Ike

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The Cutest Red Squirrels In the Land

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The adorable red squirrel orphans of the Sanctuary Wildlife Center in Morpeth, England are in the spotlight thanks to the latest episode of The Cute Show. One day, a huge gust of wind knocked over the wee nest of some precious baby red squirrels. We don’t have red squirrels in our area, but we always love watching the squirrel that eats all our walnuts from our walnut tree! Are you ready for some serious cuteness?

Baby vs. the “Hide a Squirrel”!

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Luckily the kind folks at Kyjen (who’s motto is “Boycott Boring Dog Toys&# ) sent Baby a fun new Hide a Squirrel to play with. She figured out how to get out the squirrels in no time at all. Not only did she have a great time pulling squirrels in and out of the log, but she loved playing with the individual squirrels as well. The Hide a Squirrel in the video is the large size, though there is a small size offered on the site as well.

A Man and his Squirrel

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Nestling Williamson’s Sapsuckers and the Douglas Squirrel

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A pair of Williamson’s Sapsuckers ( Sphyrapicus thyroideus ) nesting in the same snag as a Douglas Squirrel! Note the baby squirrel sticking its head out at the top of this photo. When I first approached the nest tree I saw an adult squirrel climbing the snag near the sapsucker entrance and, knowing that squirrels will eat bird eggs and nestlings, I was quite concerned.

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The Rusty Squirrel-Hawk AKA Ferruginous Hawk

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Ferruginous Hawks were known as Rusty Squirrel-Hawks back in the 1800′s and they exist in both a light and dark morph. They are often seen on the ground since their prey consists mainly of rabbit, prairie dog and, you guessed it, ground squirrel. The Ferruginous Hawk ( Buteo regalis ) is truly a regal bird. Sporting a 56 inch wingspan, it is the largest of the Buteos. They inhabit the grasslands, shrub steppes, and deserts of western and central North America.

You Think Your Squirrels Are Greedy?

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Now this is one ambitious squirrel ! If you think that you are tired of the fluffy critters raiding your bird feeders then you should be glad that you don’t own a pizzeria! Perhaps more so than the one I found several years back trying to crack a coconut.) And, amazingly, pigeons are apparently getting in on the pizza-eating trend too ! Asides

Squirrels Don’t Always Win

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Sometimes they fail. Asides

Barking Squirrels

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Kansans are fighting over prairie dogs—or what Lewis and Clark quaintly called "barking squirrels." See here

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If You Think Squirrels Raiding Your Feeders Are Bad News…

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home about advertise archives birds conservation contact galleries links reviews subscribe Browse: Home / Asides / If You Think Squirrels Raiding Your Feeders Are Bad News… If You Think Squirrels Raiding Your Feeders Are Bad News… By Corey • March 17, 2011 • 5 comments Tweet Share … then you might want to read this. I, an American birder, like squirrels and they must sense that because they never attack me.

The Cutting Edge: Bird Feeder Patents

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Much of that ingenuity has been directed to a single problem: squirrels. But what could possibly be patentable ( i.e. , new and useful) as to bird feeders and squirrels in the 21st century? Are there really new ways to design a feeder that provides seeds to birds but not squirrels? In particular, squirrels are well known for their ability to reach the seed in a bird feeder and to devour the same. Birds bird feeders Bird Feeding squirrels

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The “Birds” in the Brush

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Montana has four species of chipmunk and six species of ground squirrel. Ground squirrels, to those who are not used to them, are more curious beasts, caught in a taxonomic middle ground between the larger marmots and prairie dogs and their smaller chipmunk cousins. Almost the only universal thing that can be said about the ground squirrels is that they live on, and in, the ground. I began thinking about ground squirrels while looking for the Baikal Teal.

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Water Feature Visitors

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” The recently renamed California Scrub-Jay ( Aphelocoma californica )… the California Ground Squirrel ( Otospermophilus beecheyi ) … and the Black-tailed Jackrabbit ( Lepus californicus ). We have a small water feature off our back porch. It’s probably about 300 square feet in size, holding maybe 2000 gallons of water. In addition to nest boxes around the property and bird feeders in the yard, the water feature is our most efficient wildlife magnet.

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Could this squirrel be any cuter? I think not!

5 Puzzling Toys That Will Keep Your Pup Entertained for Hours

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Hide-A-Squirrel Puzzle Plush Toy. Is your pup a squirrel fan? If so, the Hide-A-Squirrel Plush Puzzle Toy is just what you’re looking for. The toy has four components: a sturdy plush tree stump and three sturdy plush squeaky squirrels. The stump is hollow and has several access holes for the squirrel to “peek” through. The idea is for the pup to find and remove the squirrels…and if there happened to be an extra treat tucked in the tree stump, so much the better.

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Best Bird of the Weekend (Third of April 2021)

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We’re still far from peak passerine passage, but getting closer every day… I had to move my bird feeder from its perfect position this weekend, because of–of course–squirrels.

Critters in our yard

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We get cats, mice, birds, squirrels and raccoons. Our yard is pretty animal friendly. Here is a picture of some mice feeding on bird seed we threw out for the birds

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NASA Suspends Radiation Experiments

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For more than a year, we have worked to block NASA’s planned radiation experiments on live squirrel monkeys. NASA had planned to irradiate 30 live squirrel monkeys in a misguided attempt to learn the effects of deep-space radiation. Due to the basic anatomical, biological, and physiological differences between squirrel monkeys and humans, these experiments were destined to fail. Received this today from Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Excellent news! We did it!

Eating Rocky

Animal Ethics

Squirrel meat is all the rage in Great Britain. Forget Bambi. See here for the story

Subaru, Dog Tested. Dog Approved.

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He knows how to sell Subarus to dogs, even if there are a few distractions (squirrel!). If there is one thing that Baby the Maltese loves, it is going for a ride in the car! Just say the word ride and she becomes a fluff ball of excitement, ready to hit the open road. She even has her own dog drivers license (you can make one for your pup with the Subaru Facebook app )! Have you ever thought of what a dog might look for if they were buying a car? What about haggling with a dog ?

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Off The Beaten Path

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The call of a Squirrel Cuckoo got me searching in the highest branches of some large trees nearby. However, paying attention to the Squirrel Cuckoo made me aware of a couple tiny birds moving around in the canopy. Squirrel Cuckoo.

An Animal Friendly Yard

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We have at least 4 different bird feeders which draw in a large number of birds and squirrels. It's just nice when we live in such stressful times to go out and see all the little critters (and the cats are too fat and happy to bother the birds or the squirrels One thing I really like about our yard is that it is so animal friendly. In addition, our neighbor's cats are also frequent visitors (OK, sometimes we sneak food to them).

Mammals of South Asia (Lynx Edicions)

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Ahead of the first trip, I wasn’t thinking much about mammals, and yet, you cannot miss them, from Nilgais near villages to Indian Flying Foxes in town centres, not to mention those ubiquitous and irresistibly cute Palm Squirrels eating seeds left for parakeets.

How To (And Not To) Transport Wild Birds

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Baby Grey Squirrels in a shoebox wrapped in a dude’s old tighty-whities,” said Michelle Wellard. “No, Debbie Faires in South Carolina had a baby squirrel delivered in a mink hat. I am so happy to be back on 10,000 birds – I have missed Mike and Corey and my fellow Beat Writers!

First Bird of the Year in Costa Rica

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A pair of Barred Antshrikes and Squirrel Cuckoos also remind me that this is a tropical neighborhood, a place where I once saw a 6 foot plus boa in the middle of the night and watched small birds scold a parrot snake out back. 2022 is here, the future is now!

Morning Coffee with Eastern Imperial Eagle

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am, at the crack of dawn I am sitting in a car by the Suslik (European ground squirrel) pasture. Some are eating, holding a morsel with front paws, so squirrel-like. But on modern farms, cattle are being kept indoors and if the pasture becomes overgrown, ground squirrels disappear. Perhaps every tenth squirrel is standing upright and watching and the others are foraging, while the eagle soars above. May 2009. After a wakeup call at highly uncivilized 3.45

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On "High in the Clouds"

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From Barnes and Noble : "Wirral the Squirrel is homeless. High in the Clouds , by Paul McCartney, Geoff Dunbar and Philip Ardagh is supposed to be for Grades 2-4, but its themes, vocabulary and syntax are more advanced. The evil Gretsch have [ sic ] destroyed his wilderness home, trampling it in their relentless drive to expand. But Wirral does not despair; he vows to find a new home in Animalia, the fabled land where all creatures are said to live together in freedom.

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Gray Hawk from the House

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Hasn’t happened yet but sometimes I see resident Rufous-naped Wrens, Red-billed Pigeons , and a Squirrel Cuckoo or two. Every place has its hawk. At least it seems that way. A generalist raptor that can keep on living in a human dominated landscape.

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Monkeys Stolen from UK Wildlife Park

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The female squirrel monkeys were snatched after raiders broke into the Cotswold Wildlife Park, near Burford, Oxfordshire, last night. Horrible and cruel. I can't imagine the trauma the older monkey is going through. I hope they are returned. Thieves have stolen two monkeys from an enclosure at a wildlife park, police said today. Staff discovered the enclosure had been entered and the animals were missing at 7am this morning.

A New Use For Those BBQ Tongs

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I don't know if she was being sarcastic, but in my town I see dead armadillos, opossums, raccoons, all manner of turtles, and squirrels dead in the middle of the road frequently. I have wildlife/nonwildlife rescue paraphernalia in my car. A large box with airholes, a small one, a towel or two, a leash, soapy handwipes, you get the idea.

2009 100

On the Road Again

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For this reason, it offers both highland species, such as the Black-headed Siskin and White-throated Thrush , and lowland species, like the Squirrel Cuckoo and Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher. I already mentioned that there was a Squirrel Cuckoo on the Nettletree.

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NASA Funds Radiation Experiments on Monkeys

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In Bergman's study, according to Discovery News, 18 to 28 squirrel monkeys would be subjected to radiation and periodically tested to gauge how exposure affects performance in a variety of learned tasks. Another animal experiment I would not support as a US taxpayer. Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine are calling attention to it. The research project, led by Jack Bergman of McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School affiliate in Belmont, Mass.,

Birds Taking Over TV Screens

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And last but not least, a Norwegian TV channel has created what just might be the first bird reality show , complete with a squirrel as the annoying neighbor. After watching the three-eyed ravens on Game of Thrones , it seems some other members of the bird kingdom want a piece of the small-screen action. To wit: A lingering Snowy Owl plopped down right outside a television news station in Vermont. The BBC’s Winged Planet and Earthflight programs are now available on DVD.

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Tufted Titmouse Plucking a Raccoon

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Naturalists examining old nests have identified raccoon, opossum, dog, fox squirrel, red squirrel, rabbit, horse, cow, cat, mouse, woodchuck, and even human hair in titmouse nests. There are many tales of a Tufted Titmouse taking hair from humans to use as nest-lining material. Watching a titmouse take hairs from a human is something I have always longed to see but I never considered how cool it might be to see a titmouse take hair from another creature.

I Get Back

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A gorgeous Squirrel Cuckoo blows my mind. … to where I once belonged. My first experience birding was as a teenager back in the 70s, when birding meant a pair of binoculars, a couple of bird feeders, and a smallish field guide (book).