Saturday, February 14, 2015

A Time Traveling Black Squirrel

It sure doesn't feel like it was very long ago but I guess it really was. These pictures of the black squirrel are from 2010. I remember the day I took them now, but I lost them before I could post them. I have no idea how it happened.

I was recently going through my posts list on Blogger and I found these in the drafts list. I was amazed by what I found. I guess I was posting so much stuff back then that these just got lost in the shuffle. Back then I was posting something here every day.

I remember finding this squirrel up in the trees that day. I marveled at how high up in the tree it was and how it could cling to such small branches. It seemed like those small branches wouldn't be able to hold it's weight, but they did just fine.

I don't think these others are the same squirrel as the first one. There were so many of these black squirrels running around through that forest back then. The great thing about that place was the great variety of squirrels to be found. It had everything.

I remember this particular black squirrel above. it was kind of slithering down the side of the tree. Squirrels are funny little creatures. There's no telling just what kind of goofy thing they might do next. And each one has its own little personality.

This was an early March day. The buds were just barely starting on the trees. you can't really even tell by most of these pictures. back then I'd go out in all kinds of weather and all year long. I remember one time going out in the rain to check on the goose eggs I'd been watching.

The most elusive of these black squirrels, which I don't have any pictures of today, were the ones with white spots on them. These black squirrels are really black colored gray squirrels. When they are black they sometimes also develop white spots. Some of them can even be fully white.

 I've learned quite a lot about squirrels over the years of my blogging and nature adventures. That's why I miss them so much. today I only see a few fox squirrels here and there, but I used to see many different kinds every day. Those were the good old days. I'll talk to you later.

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  1. What a great find and how fun to travel back in time and relive the memory.
    That squirrel in the first couple pictures is hanging on to some skimpy branches there. He's a brave one.

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    1. I remember marveling at the fact that he didn't fall.

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  2. seeing a black squirrel always feels a bit off to me, all of our squirrels are gray!!

    i'm happy you found these, it would be a shame not to share them!! happy weekend!!

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    1. I miss these black squirrels. All the ones around here now are fox squirrels. I never even knew the black ones existed until I moved to that area.

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  3. You need direct light to get a good photo, they meld into the background easily.

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    1. There were so many of them back then that it became easy after awhile.

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  4. That must be a great surprise.

    Lost and Found!!

    These black squirrel bring our memory back to 2010.

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    1. We had some good times back in 2010. I remember you here seeing all that stuff.

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  5. my sister in wisconsin gets black squirrels. since we only have fox squirrels here and no grays, we don't see much variety in color (just size.) :)

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    1. I'm told there are more than just fox squirrels where I live now but I haven't seen any yet.

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  6. So glad you found these wonderful photos of the traveling black squirrel! Lovely nature's gem.

    Happy Weekend to you,
    artmusedog and carol

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    1. It's been a long time since I've seen one of these squirrels so I'm glad too.

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  7. The photograph of the black squirrel framed in branches is brilliant! As we have noted before, the black squirrel is a color phase of the gray squirrel.

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    1. I don't even know what me me look up and see that squirrel so far up there that day. I wish I still had a place like that.

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  8. How cool! We don't have black squirrels where I live. Just the fox squirrels.

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    1. I just have the fox squirrels here too. I miss these guys.

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  9. I've never seen one with the white spots. That will be something to watch for.

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    1. There were so many of them back then that there were bound to be some variations. I never could get good pictures of those with the white spots though.

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  10. Great shots! We have no squirrels here - but we have possums in the back yard, which is some consolation!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. I think I have as many possums around here as squirrels. I think mine are different than yours though.

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  11. Black? Huh. Never seen one before. Cool.

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    1. The black ones stick to little areas where they're plentiful. You can live only a few miles away and never know they exist.

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  12. Hello, greetings and good wishes.

    You must have taken much trouble to get these excellent photos. I have not seen black squirrels. Since the trees appear to be leafless and fruitless, i wonder what the squirrels will eat. Will they eat insects?

    Best wishes.

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    1. The squirrels around here store food from the warmer months for the long cold winters. They keep plenty stored up for when it's cold and there's no other food source. Very smart little creatures.

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  13. I think I read someplace about Iowas' famous black squirrels... Maybe it was here actually. Your cardinal photos are just gorgeous...:)

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    1. These squirrels are back from when I lived in Michigan a few years ago. I wish there were some around here in Iowa. Maybe there are some in other parts of Iowa though.

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  14. My husband grew up in the Quad Cities and they had black squirrels there. We don't have them here in Chicago--so they are treat to see.

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    1. You have to live in the right area for black squirrels. You could live only a few miles away and never know they're there.

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  15. I have only seen thse adorable squirrels on a blog...would love to see them in person. I hope yours come back ... I bet you will recognize them if they do!

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    1. I'd have to be the one to go back to see them. I moved away from them. I wish they would have come with me.

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  16. wow, time flies, it's now 2015, i believe i only saw a black squirrel from your pictures

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