Red Squirrel

Last month we were visiting when we saw a “city squirrel” and Andy said; “What was that? I think I just saw a possom.”

We’re used to the little agile chattery guys that we fatten up at the bird feeder. Denali stalks this guy on tiptoe until her eyes are at feeder level. Then she tries to sneak her foot up on the railing, and he scampers to the tree and scolds her. She backs off and they start over.
Full grown, the average red squirrel is only 8 inches long, with an additional 5 inches of tail. As spring turns to summer, he will loose some of his bright orange color and his ear tufts.
We think he looks as if he may be evolving before our very eyes—developing opposable thumbs to hold his sunflower seeds.