Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Squirrel TV

Back at The Window for lunch today, we were entertained by the squirrels.

First up, a chipmunk peeking out of a woodpecker hole:

 But wait!  Who's that above him giving us two squirrels for the price of one?

It's a red squirrel snacking on a pine cone!

Two more chippies were running round and round on the rock pile (part of the water feature).  There's a hole in the side of this pile of snow - home sweet home.  Perhaps this pair will move in together.  Spring is definitely in the air.

The best part, though, was this:

Wheeee!  I captured the red squirrel mid-leap from the broken branch to the feeder - a common occurrence here.  I've been wanting to get this shot for weeks. It cracks me up every time.


  1. That is the best squirrel shot I have seen in ages. He looks like he's flying. Sure it's not a flying squirrel? ;-D

    I'm surprised your chipmunks are out already. Around here, they don't come out until long after the snow has melted.

  2. Amazing -- and hilarious -- shot of that squirrel in mid-air. And what early birds your chipmunks are! I think it will be a long time yet before they wake up around Saratoga. I have read that the males wake up first, although it probably isn't to fight for nest sites, since females have their own dens.

  3. Yes, the chippies here are EARLY. I'm not used to seeing them until late April...if we were lucky (back "home" in the Adirondacks). And you could be right, Jackie - I almost didn't say anything about those two shacking up, just in case they were only males, but, obviously, I did. I need to brush up on my chipmunk natural history!

  4. What a wonderful shot! Great capture.
    The red squirrels are always around, but no sign of our chippers yet.

  5. What a great photo of a "flying" squirrel! Looks like he is headed right for you. I don't think many of us realize how hard it is to get some of those nature photos that you and others take. Definitely have to be in the right place at the right time ... and with a camera, of course!

  6. Squirrels and chipmunks are like the comics on the Comedy channel--sometimes you hate them, sometimes they're hysterical! Love the photos!

  7. Just stumbled upon your blog. This is such a funny shot!