Squirrel in the Woods

There is no denying that Squirrels are one of my favourite woodland creatures. Living so close to several woodland habitats provides me with many opportunities to watch & photograph these amazing creatures in their natural environment.

At some point I would love the opportunity to be able to photograph Red Squirrels. Although Red Squirrels are the native species here in the UK, there are only estimated to a population of approx 140,000 compared to an estimate of 2.5 million Grey Squirrels. It’s sad to think that in England alone the Wildlife Trust believes that Red Squirrels could become extinct within the next 10 years.

Woodland Feast

A slightly overdue post due to not having been out exploring much with the camera lately. So another collection from my archives.

Anyone who is a regular follower of my photography will know that squirrels are my favourite woodland animal. These particular shots were taken during last Autumn. Although Summer is my favourite season of the year, I love the colours of Autumn, especially when exploring woodland. Being able to capture some shots of this little fellow in the splendour of the Autumn golds and browns was magnificent. His own colours complement and blend well with the Autumn hues.

Hopefully as Summer approaches and the world returns to a resemblance of “normal” times I will be able to find more time and motivation for photographic expeditions.

Looking for Nuts

A much needed splash of colour after my last few Winter themed posts. Although I took these shots last October they make me think of Spring. Maybe it’s the luscious green grass, or possibly my longing for Spring to be in full swing after what feels like such a long Winter.

I had forgotten that I had taken these shots or at least forgotten that I’d not shared them. They were taken at Peasholm Park, Scarborough during our only holiday last year. Peasholm is probably one of best parks that I know for Squirrel watching and most of them are fairly tame.

Squirrels are definitely one of my favourite woodland creatures and I could spend hours watching them. Although they are usually quite skittish it is always extra special when they trust you enough to come and eat from your hand.

Woodland Squirrel

Taken last month during one of our lockdown walks here are some more shots of my favourite woodland squirrel. This little fellow sat for quite some time allowing me to get as close as I dared without scaring him off. He quite happily sat within touching distance for at least 20mins if not longer watching me take photos of him.

Squirrels are one of my woodland wildlife favourites, though usually they prove quite difficult to photography as they can be quite elusive. Lockdown seems to have tamed them of late, we have also been lucky enough to have a squirrel visit our back garden semi-regularly. Our quieter parks and streets are becoming more inviting to our native wildlife. I hope that nature and our native wildlife will continue to encroach in to our lives after lockdown, sadly I fear that this may not be the case. It has been lovely to witness first-hand some of the wildlife around us up close.

Gray Squirrel

Going out for our daily walks for exercise is giving us plenty of opportunities to enjoy nature and capture little glimpses of our wildlife along the way. This little fellow sat for ages as we watched & took photo of him during our walk the other day. In fact we gave up first and continued with our stroll as he remained sunbathing on his branch that he was clearly very comfortable on.

I have more photos of him or at least another of his friends, which I am saving for another post. Where again he posed for us for at least 20mins straight. The next series of photos we got even closer to this friendly little fellow.

It’s very rare that the squirrels are this tame here, especially since we had no food to offer them. Usually it’s a quick glimpse from a distance. Not sure if it’s because of less people milling around due to social distancing or the warm weather. It’s probably a mix of both. We have been lucky enough to spot a few of them now on our various walks, even have one that visits our own garden. Although is proving more elusive.

Until my next post… #StaySafe everyone.

Back Garden Wildlife

How are we all surviving lockdown / self isolating? In between spates of home working some of our extra spare time has been occupied by wildlife watching. Our living room window that looks out on to our back garden has been delighting us with views of various garden visitors. Normally our visitors are various breeds of birds, including; Sparrows, Tits, Magpies, Blackbirds, Crows, & Pigeons. But twice now we’ve been graced with the presence of a Squirrel who seems to enjoy the seeds & nuts we have put out for our feathered guests.

Although most us are social isolating it doesn’t mean that we have lock ourselves away from the natural world. In fact I believe that getting back to nature might actually help us all get through self isolating. We’re lucky enough to have a garden, for those that don’t have gardens we can all still get back to nature while out walking for our daily exercise while still adhering to social distancing guidelines.