Readers’ wildlife photos

Our tank is running low, though I have a reserve from just a few photographers. Please send in your good wildlife photos lest I be forced to deep-six this feature. Thanks!

Today we have four photos from reader Garry VanGelderen from Ontario, whose captions are indented.

Here is an American Red squirrel (also known as Hudson’s Bay squirrel) Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, nibbling away at a piece of crisp bacon. I have on occasion observed both grey and black squirrels eating scraps of meat that I put out for the foxes to find, but this is the first time I have witnessed one of these to eat bacon and was happy to get a picture.
JAC: That is clearly not a Jewish squirrel.
A nice shot of a female pileated woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) on one of my feeders.

Pictures taken in my back yard over the last week.

This picture is of an Eastern grey squirrel (Scirius carolinensis) who is blind in the right eye. You can see the whitish/blue patch in the eye. I have been feeding her peanuts for many years now. She comes on the deck and taps on the glass of the door to get my attention and beg for some nuts. She used to take the peanuts directly from the hand of my late wife but will not do the same with me. I know she is female because a few years ago she had babies and you could clearly see the swollen milk glands on her tummy.

Here’s a red fox (Vulpes vulpes) that comes around every few days or so. He will chase the squirrels that gather underneath my bird-feeders and catch one every once in a while. I also put out some left-over meat for him from time to time.

 

14 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 8, 2020 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Oh wow – to imagine standing that close to a pileated gives my heart a rush! I don’t know what it is about those birds – possibly the rarity, possibly the distinction from downys- but I find them fascinating!

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted February 8, 2020 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I love American Red Squirrels. I like how they are so small and feisty. I used to have one around my feeder that raised a family in a tree in the front of my yard but reds don’t really like this environment so I have not seen any for years.

  3. rickflick
    Posted February 8, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Such a beautiful fox! I wonder why they are red and not gray like wolves. You’d think the red would be easily spotted by prey animals.

  4. Posted February 8, 2020 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    It may well be a secular jewish squirrel.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted February 8, 2020 at 9:36 am | Permalink

      If a secular Jewish squirrel eats bacon in the woods and nobody is there to photograph it, will it worry?

      I am not a professional comedian.

      • Posted February 8, 2020 at 9:40 am | Permalink

        😂 That was funny.

        • ThyroidPlanet
          Posted February 8, 2020 at 10:00 am | Permalink

          Thank you

          I learned it all right here.

  5. Tom Besson
    Posted February 8, 2020 at 11:25 am | Permalink

    And I’m guessing that there are no Jewish hamsters.

  6. Jeffry F Goodrum
    Posted February 8, 2020 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    The red fox have a white-tipped tail, the gray fox does not.

  7. Posted February 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great photos, Garry. The woodpecker is so striking! Wish I saw more of these critters in my neck o’ the woods.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted February 8, 2020 at 3:20 pm | Permalink

    Love that the squirrel knocks at your door to get your attention- how adorable. Looks cold up there in Ontario. Good on you keeping “your” critters fed.

    • garry vangelderen
      Posted February 8, 2020 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      Cold in Ontario. Minus 21 deg.C this morning. Now a balmy minus 13 as I am going out to BBQ.

      • Diana MacPherson
        Posted February 8, 2020 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

        Balmy -6C in the sunny south part of Ontario.


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