A Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus ) can be seen enjoying a late afternoon snack on Pine nuts. It is mid Sept and with winter coming on soon, the Squirrels are busy feeding on and storing as much food as they can to keep them through the winter months.
Red squirrels eat a wide-variety of foods including insects, seeds, bark, nuts, fruits, mushrooms and pine seeds or cones. They will even eat insects, young birds, mice and rabbits. A large part of its diet is made up of pine seeds.
In the fall, they will cut green pine cones from trees and store them in the ground. They also stores nuts and seeds in piles or middens under logs, at the base of trees and underground. They don’t always find or eat all of the seeds and nuts it has stored. Because of this, the red squirrel fills an important niche in spreading seeds in the forest!
The red squirrel may migrate short distances when food supplies are low. The red squirrel also drinks tree sap from maple trees. It bites a tree until the sap flows out and returns to drink it after the water in the sap has evaporated.
The red squirrel can be found in most parts of Alaska and Canada. It is also found in the Rocky Mountain states and in the eastern United States south to northern Virginia and west to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio.
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Taken on Sept 17/12 at 4:44pm in West Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, US.
Camera, Canon 7D
Lens, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM lens.
Tripod, Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ballhead
Taken at, 1/200’s at f/5.6, 390mm, iso 800, man white bal.
Edited in Lightroom 4.2, No cropping.