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On a moss covered Fir Tree branch, a little Red Squirrel can be seen feeding on the seeds from a Fir cone.

Red Squirrels eat a wide-variety of foods including insects, seeds, bark, nuts, fruits, mushrooms and pine seeds or cones. It will at times even eat insects, young birds, mice and rabbits. A large part of its diet is made up of pine seeds.

In the fall, Red Squirrels will cut green pine cones from trees and store them in the ground. They also store nuts and seeds in piles or middens under logs, at the base of trees and underground. They don’t always find or eat all their stored seeds and nuts. Because of this, the red squirrel fills an important niche in spreading seeds in the forest!


Taken on March 19/11 at 9:41am on south west Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada.
Camera; Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400 L IS USM lens
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead
Taken at, 1/80’s at f/5.6, -1/3 ev, 400mm, man white bal, iso 800. No cropping!


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 2 years ago

  • lorilee
    lorileeabout 2 years ago

    That’s a mouthful!! Cute!!

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonabout 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Beautiful Work, this is just fantastic Sandy,
    hope all is well, we miss getting over there to see you,
    love and hugs Ann xox

  • labaker
    labakerabout 2 years ago

    lovely shot Sandy :)

  • TomBaumker
    TomBaumkerabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful close up my friend. Well done. Hugs

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    8 December 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful Sandy.

    Clicking the banner takes you to the group….please enjoy it.

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumabout 2 years ago

    Congratulations – 09/12/2012 – Shirley, Jean & Rene

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELabout 2 years ago

    What a sweet little chap… beautiful work Sandy

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    This wonderful work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
    Please view and participate in comments on our featured page here
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