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You often hear of people complaining about squirrels emptying their birdfeeders. Well, on 8.21.10, I was finally able to capture these two giant but cute ‘squirrels’ pilfering safflower hearts out of our cardinal feeder in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This summer, we’ve seen these enormous ‘squirrels’ not only emptying this birdfeeder but literally climbing an oak tree for acorns and jumping from the ground onto hanging birdfeeders. They seem to enjoy patrolling the gardens and chasing birds, normal-sized squirrels as well as the local feral cat population or anything else that may threaten their food supply. Additionally, they have also been known to enjoy taking a bite or two out of the juiciest, ripest, ready-to-be-harvested tomatoes from our vegetable garden. If you look very close, you can even see a male cardinal who is hoping and praying that giant ‘squirrels’ know how to share.

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1/320 sec
ISO 320
250 mm
Flash did not fire


  • Lori Deiter
    Lori Deiterover 4 years ago

    Very cute “Squirrels” Shelley! I wish I had some nearby for a photo shoot!

  • Thanks Lori!

    – Shelley Neff

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    ©FoxfireGaller...over 4 years ago

    Adorable! They are getting ready for winter. They eat themselves stupid until winter, when you see them almost obese…lol .. but they need it to get through those month

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    “Squirrels” Boy they need their own feeders or need to be taken across town!! Poor Cardinal sitting there waiting. They are going to eat everything.

  • All in all, they do pretty good in sharing with the other animals. But it is funny when they come into the garden and bully everyone else out…lol

    – Shelley Neff

  • DottieDees
    DottieDeesover 4 years ago

    I have never, ever seen squirrels this big! They must be eating you out of house and home!!! lol! Great capture….

  • LOL, thank you!

    – Shelley Neff

  • Betsy  Seeton
    Betsy Seetonover 4 years ago

    Those look like what we call marmots in Colorado. How wonderful you have them so close by!

  • wildfiremare
    wildfiremareover 4 years ago

  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeabout 4 years ago

    They are ground hogs, watch them run away, they’re not going up trees. We call ground hogs Marmots in Montana too.

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