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The Tail Of The Squirrel With Monkey Nuts by Jamie  Green

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Sounds like a rare condition. This is Sooty,one of the red squirrels that came to visit us in our holiday cottage in Rothiemurchus in the Cairngorm National Park,Scotland.
I was amused by his various antics,and he was particularly fond of monkey nuts,which he’d take from the lawn,and then bury not 10 yards away in the forest floor.The lovely Dorothy Thompson has a shot of another Scottish squirrel from the posh end of the country here in which she has a grey squirrel with a slightly red face also with a monkey nut.And here is Sooty, a red squirrel with a grey’s a strange world.
Sony Alpha 350 DSLR Tamron 70-300 zoom at 300mm
Featured in
Animal Captions & Confessions Oct 2011
British Wildlife-UK Dec 2011
Squirrels,Chipmunks and Relatives July 2012
Sooty’s Friends
Bandy Tail



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Living in the English Lake District,Cumbria,NW England with a love of photographing locations in Cumbria and Scotland, especially landscapes.

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  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezabout 3 years ago

    Super cute shot …

  • Cheers mate

    – Jamie Green

  • lcretyi
    lcretyiabout 3 years ago

  • Thanks very much Laura,it’s an honour

    – Jamie Green

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDaviesabout 3 years ago

    Sweet capture! Congrats on your feature!

  • Thanks very much Angie

    – Jamie Green

  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47about 3 years ago

    Good looking nut. Our Reds never get that sooty look, at least not that I’ve seen. Guess I’ll have to send ’em up the chimbley (could chase them with those weird bagpipes).

  • Don’t mention chimbleys toRoy Massick’s missus,Heather

    – Jamie Green

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksabout 3 years ago

    They are such a beautiful little creature Jamie – such a shame the grey’s can’t get on with them !
    Wonderful capture, nuts and all !

  • Thanks Roy,I thought Heather would be on at me about Chimbleys

    – Jamie Green

  • Glenn Cecero
    Glenn Ceceroabout 3 years ago

    Cool shot, well done and congrats!

  • Thanks very much Glenn,still catching up on comments

    – Jamie Green

  • Franco De Luca Calce
    Franco De Luca...about 3 years ago

    Lovely shot of this cutie!!

  • Thanks very much Franco,are you bored with squirrels yet?

    – Jamie Green

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillabout 3 years ago

    pssst – - um, Jamie, what is a monkey nut??? What a cutie!!!


  • LOL..see what Dorothy below said,she’s worried I won’t tell you. Monkey nuts are peanuts (ground nuts).When they are left in their shells,we call them monkey nuts. The squirrels love breaking the shells open as there are usually 2 peanuts in each one.The critter above is shelling his nuts. That is one explanation. There is another,but we won’t dwell on it.

    – Jamie Green

  • Dorothy Thomson
    Dorothy Thomsonabout 3 years ago

    Great capture Jamie……………they just love Monkey-nuts!!
    Congrats on your feature and please explain to Jan what Monkey-nuts’ are lol.

  • They sure do.and they cost a bloody P.S.Explanation duly given to Jan about Monkey Nuts.

    – Jamie Green

  • WalnutHill
    WalnutHillabout 3 years ago

    LOL Oh!!! OK – - we just call them peanuts! I buy them at the grocery for my little Spidey (and her relatives) in the shells. I’ve never heard of them called monkey nuts!! As for the other explanation …. enough said! ;-D >blows kiss and heads out to see if a hungry Spidey is on the porch<


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