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Red Squirrel

Red Squrrel - front

Red Squrrel - front

I cleaned the compost out of the gutters yesterday and this critter came by to help with whatever missed the wheelbarrow.

Squirrels and chipmunks show how far you can get with a snappy color scheme and a good PR agent. These things are rodents, pure and simple, but those large eyespots trip your protect-the-baby response every time.

They’re not particularly well-behaved, either: the chipmunks and gray squirrels have had running battles with them this spring. We think the area’s chipmunks had a population explosion and are shoving into traditional red-squirrel territory. Could get ugly out there.

Where are the hawks when you need ’em?

Red Squirrel - side

Red Squirrel - side

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