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They Call Me Silver by Leslie van de Ligt

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This little fellow graced our bird feeder for a day and I was able to catch a few shots of him. This was my one good shot of him dry , the others were taken in the early morning and he was soaking wet. He did not go any higher then about 3 to 4 feet up the trees and stayed mostly on the ground. He did appear to be healthy and was eagerly eating like all squirrels do. There were other red squirrels about his size at different times during the day and I figure Mom booted everyone out of the nest as they do a second breeding in late June. He is obviously not an albino as he has natural eye coloring and a black nose and paws but somewhere his coat color is a genetic recessive gene. It was amazing to watch him with with his coloring move about as you almost were doubting what you were seeing. Nature never ceases to amaze.
Taken at our home south of Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada

Canon XSI, Canon 100 – 400 mm Lens

What I have found on white squirrels all goes to either more exotic species on tropical type climate islands or albino colonies in a couple of locations in the states. I have not come across any data in our area period. :>)) Leslie

Silver and his Red /Brown Siblings which we have also seen are from the following described Group of Squirrels

The Red Squirrel is basically a tree-dweller, ranging widely across Canada. In Calgary, they are mainly found in coniferous woods along our river valleys — although a few can be found in residential areas that are well-treed with conifers. More readily heard than seen, they often scold trespassers, whether members of their own species or humans, passing by. They usually sit and chastise us from a horizontal branch 3-6 metres above ground, their bushy tail held upright against their back. Their reddish-brown fur readily distinguishes them from the larger Eastern Gray Squirrel introduced to Calgary in the late 1930s.

Unlike ground squirrels which hibernate, Red Squirrels are active throughout the entire year. During autumn, each is provident by cutting off and gathering many thousands of conifer tree cones, often while still green, which are stored in great mounds above, or sometimes below, ground, as a winter food supply. Also gathered are mushrooms and tree fruit (apples, etc.), which they dry by stashing in trees until dehydrated and ready for storage. Before winter sets in, they fill a tree cavity or an old magpie or other birds nest with shredded bark and other fine, soft, insulating material for their sleeping quarters. Some may use underground shelters, often amongst the massive midden heaps of the scales of the White Spruce or Douglas-firs cones that they have shucked off to get at the nutritious seeds. To get to their food source, they readily tunnel through the snow.

Red Squirrels mate in early spring, producing two to seven naked, blind helpless young some 35 to 38 days later. They normally mate again in late June with a second brood born by early August. The first brood is usually reared in a tree cavity. The second one is often raised in a drey (a leafy collection of green twigs, which provides a more air-conditioned site). The eyes of the young open by the time they are five weeks of age. They are weaned at seven to eight weeks and feed away from their birth-shelter at ten weeks, dispersing at about 18 weeks. They are sexually mature by the following spring. Few survive for more than two years, but the odd one may reach nine years in the wild and ten in captivity. A major predator is the Marten, a member of the Weasel Family. It seldom reaches Calgary. These agile, lightning-fast mammals pursue the Red Squirrels through the trees, at least in the foothills and northern Alberta forests. Coyotes, Red Fox and Lynx manage to catch a few. Others succumb to the hunting prowess of Northern Goshawk, Red-tailed Hawk and Great Horned Owls.

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I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 3 years ago

    Very nice and so rare a find Leslie…inst fave BTW!!!

  • Larry thank you so very much and the fave is so appreciated. Honestly I thought my eyes were tricking me a couple times LOL :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • vampvamp
    vampvampover 3 years ago

    wow!

  • Thank You So Much Mam!!! My thoughts exactly :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 3 years ago

    holy, sis, is he ever cute. I love the color. I hope he can hide from his prey!!

  • Many thanks Sis. He really was cute and we are sure hoping he makes it out there. Thanks you very much for the fave as well. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 3 years ago

    OMG, I thought I was seeing things. It IS as squirrel! How interesting that it is not albino. Great capture!

  • You should have been here. I kept blinking thinking I wasn’t seeing right LOL Many thanks and the Fave is so appreciated. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    This is an adorable squirrel. I’ve never seen one like this. Nice capture and story. Love his pose. A fave. -Judy

  • Judy thank you so very much. Your comment s are terrific and I so appreciate the Fave.As I can find nothing about white squirrels I’m positive they are very rare. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • KathyClark
    KathyClarkover 3 years ago

    what an awesome little guy he is.

  • I fell right in love with him Kathy we are hoping to see him again and that the others don’t drive him off, Thanks so very much and thanks also for the fave. Much appreciated! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • jules572
    jules572over 3 years ago

    He looks as if he has his Sunday best on. Hopefully he will return for more food and you can get more shots…Jules

  • Love the way see him. Kinda like a reverse tux eh. Thanks for stopping in and leaving such a lovely comment. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • virginian
    virginianover 3 years ago

    I use Mozilla Firefox – it’s google associated. Hope you can find them. Did a search on White Squirrel Habitat and got lots too. Good luck.

  • Judy I can’t THANK YOU ENOUGH. Several of the sights were more exotic species on islands, but others were albino groups in Illinois and New York State. There were also videos on You Tube :>)) Now this little fellow is fully pigmented but I’m not a biologist either. I do know that recessive genes play a role here somehow. Here’s hoping he’ll make it and not get killed right away. Take care and talk to you soon. Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alover 3 years ago

    Isn’t it beautiful!!!. I guess being this colour some predator will get it sooner or later. What a shame. It’s a fav Mate.

  • Many thanks Al and also for the Fave. We are hoping to see him about but once they are out of the nest they do disperse to find their own territory. He is the low guy on the totem pole that is a certainty.We hope he’ll do well too. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 3 years ago

    9 June 2011 – 1 image per day

  • Thanks for accepting They Call Me Silver into the Group. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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