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American Red Squirrel American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) enjoys a pine cone on the Jack Pine Trail that runs through the city of Ottawa's greenbelt, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. American Red Squirrel,American red squirrel,Canada,Geotagged,Jack Pine Trail,Ontario,Ottawa,Spring,Tamiasciurus hudsonicus Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) enjoys a pine cone on the Jack Pine Trail that runs through the city of Ottawa's greenbelt, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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  1. Love this one! This is my favorite of your shots <3. Posted 8 months ago
    1. Awesome...thank you so much Christine...this guy was going to town on the pinecone. Posted 8 months ago
      1. You're welcome :). It is seriously adorable! Posted 8 months ago
  2. *Maybe* the longest post ever, but I love squirrels!

    From today's JungleDragon Facebook post:

    "It's Squirrel Appreciation Day! It’s a day to honor and learn about these cute, bushy-tailed rodents, who scurry around cities, parks, forests, and suburbs. There are over 200 species of squirrel in the family Sciuridae and they live all over the world— except Australia and Antarctica. They are categorized into three main types: ground squirrels, flying squirrels, and tree squirrels. They range in size from the 7 cm long African pygmy squirrel to the Indian giant squirrel, which can grow to 36 cm long!

    Squirrels get a lot of attention, but not all of it is positive or even appreciative. Some people view squirrels with derision and are unable to see past their antics and penchant for stolen birdseed. It's true that many species of squirrel have a knack for mischief, but they are really just harmless creatures that are actually incredibly intelligent. They may be unbaffled by the baffle on your birdfeeder and have an attitude that suggests they plan to take over the world, but these charismatic creatures have many abilities that may surprise even the biggest skeptic.

    Many types of squirrels bury nuts and have impressively cunning anti-theft tactics. They dig holes and pretend to bury food in order to deceive onlookers. This activity is called deceptive caching. Or, they may bury a nut and then return to it numerous times, digging it up, and then reburying it another spot. These secretive strategies may seem paranoid, but are quite brilliant and justified since squirrels lose about 25% of their buried food to thieves. They may create hundreds of caches each year, many of which they can recover thanks to their incredible spatial memory and fantastic sense of smell. Plus, they are known to organize their caches by type of nut, which helps to enforce their mental nut map. Fascinating!

    Here are some benefits that we reap from squirrels...All of their digging helps aerate the soil, which is good for plants. Plus, they don't retrieve all of their nuts, which results in the growth of trees. In addition, squirrels are an important food source for other wild animals and even for humans. And, they are the only wild mammals that many children will see on a regular basis, so why not teach them to appreciate their local wildlife?

    This is the perfect day to appreciate squirrels. They play a variety of roles in nature, and while some may still consider them to be sneaky nuisances, they are also acrobatic, adaptable, clever, feisty, and incredibly intelligent problem-solvers. We are lucky to have them living among us! {Spotted in Ontario, Canada by JungleDragon user, gmspanek} #JungleDragon"
    Posted 6 months ago
  3. Soooo cute!!! Posted 6 months ago

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The American red squirrel is one of three species of tree squirrel currently classified in the genus ''Tamiasciurus'' and known as pine squirrels . American red squirrels are also referred to as pine squirrels, North American red squirrels, and chickarees. It is a medium sized diurnal mammal that defends a year-round exclusive territory. The diet of these tree squirrels is specialized on the seeds of conifer cones. As such, they are widely distributed across North America wherever conifers are common,.. more

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Uploaded Nov 28, 2018. Captured Mar 21, 2016 16:15 in NCC 26, Nepean, ON K2R 1H4, Canada.
  • COOLPIX S9900
  • f/6.4
  • 1/125s
  • ISO280
  • 135mm