Baby Red Squirrel with a tasty bit of Sweetcorn. These beautiful Red Squirrels, natives to the British Isles, are now very rare as a result of the invasion of the North American Grey Squirrels, most of which seem to live in our back garden! ;o) Red Squirrels can now be found only in remote parts of Scotland, some islands (such as the Isle of Wight and Brownsea Island on the south coast of England) and in wildlife centres. Reds are still predominant in mainland Europe although apparently the Greys have taken up residence in sunny Italy and will probably migrate across the continent.

Comments

  • Alison Cornford-Matheson
    Alison Cornfor...about 6 years ago

    Aw, what a cutie! Great capture Krys!

  • hilarydougill
    hilarydougillabout 6 years ago

    absolutely glorious capture. wondrous squirrel, Love him!!!! I have noticed, our grey squirrels are changing colour and becoming more grey/ginger, I think they may be interbreeding. Hope so, this would keep the population going and stop people from being so against the greys. I adore quirrels and the more the merrier. hugsxxx

  • Thanks Hilary! I wish they were interbreeding, but I think that the reddish colour on the grey squirrels is just one of their natural colour variations. They are really very different animals. It’s not that I don’t love our greys – I do – I just wish we had the reds too.

    – Krys Bailey

  • AngelaFoster
    AngelaFosterabout 6 years ago

    fantastic capture, such a gorgeous little rodent

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...about 6 years ago

    excellent shot! heck my squirrels wont have anything to do w/ corn, well unless its the Last resort! lol this is great

  • Christopher  Ewing
    Christopher E...about 6 years ago

    also..did you know red squirrels only breed if the resources are there for their families? they strive for pine trees, less pine trees, the less they breed, a pity humanity cant follow same suit

  • Thanks Chris. Also red squirrels seldom breed in captivity, but these guys did! They have pine trees too! Perfect! And yes, my grey squirrels won’t touch sweetcorn either – they’re thoroughly spoiled and picky!

    – Krys Bailey

  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamabout 6 years ago

    Cute squirrel. I love these critters, but I’ve never paid much attention to the variety of breeds. Thanks for all the information.

  • melynda blosser
    melynda blosserabout 6 years ago

    aww brilliant capture , good close up, love the eye contact what a cute face , well done

  • Sheryl Kasper
    Sheryl Kasperabout 6 years ago

    Awww, he’s so cute. I like his red coloring.

  • geoff curtis
    geoff curtisabout 6 years ago

    You’ve done a great job of this Krys. Never seen one up here in the north.

  • WatscapePhoto
    WatscapePhotoabout 6 years ago

    Yep, the reds are cute. There is a colony at Formby Point in Lancashire but when we went there we were confronted with notices informing us that colony was suffering from ‘Squirrel Pox’ ,another legacy of their American cousins apparently :-(

  • Yep, the Greys carry this pox and infect the reds. Its a real shame.

    – Krys Bailey

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