Posts Tagged ‘Grey Squirrel’

On a wildlife photography course at the London Wetland Centre. Good opportunity to get out on the reserve during the practical sessions.

Greylag Geese landing

Blackbird

Grey Squirrel

Mute Swan

Grey Heron

Black-headed Gull

Tufted Duck

Carrion Crow

Green Woodpecker

Ring-nexcked Parrakeet

Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Egyptian Goose (Alopochen aegyptiaca)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Eurasian Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
European Herring Gull [sp] (Larus argentatus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Cetti’s Warbler [sp] (Cettia cetti)
Long-tailed Tit [sp] (Aegithalos caudatus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
Eurasian Wren [sp] (Troglodytes troglodytes)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
European Robin [sp] (Erithacus rubecula)
Common Chaffinch [sp] (Fringilla coelebs)

I have seen many different techniques employed by our local squirrels to get at the bird feeders, but this is pretty unique.

Squirrel Attack

Posted: December 27, 2014 in Mammals, Natural History
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Our Grey Squirrels are obviously stocking up for the winter, Over the Christmas period they have attacked the feeder station with great gusto every time its filled.

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Here are some pictures of visitorsto our feeding station yesterday

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Common Pigeon

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Red Fox

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Grey Squirrel

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Jay

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Magpie

The seasons are changing and although the trees in the garden are still in leaf, the wildlife behaviour and the visitors are changing. We had our first large flock of Ring-necked Parakeets in the garden today. Instead of the summer norm of one or two, 14 descended on a single tree. Strangely its not a berry tree so it was not a source of food as far as I could tell, but the raucous noise of 14 parakeets soon attracts the attention.

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Also around in far higher numbers it seems are Grey Squirrels as I counted 7 in the garden at one point today.

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Western Jackdaw too are increasing in numbers from the occasional single in the summer to a party of 4 or 5 which visited the garden today.

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Whilst working at home today I spotted an unusual daytime visitor to the garden. We know we have Foxes locally – we often hear them calling at night and sometimes see them in the garden after dark. But it is rare to see one during the day, but this one made a brief visit to investigate the area around the bird feeders.

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Also visiting the feeder station regularly today were a pair of Jays

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The Grey Squirrels were also intent on getting their share as well

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In the middle of the afternoon a Little Egret flew towards the west over the garden. This is only the second record for the patch, the first being in December last year.

Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Little Egret [sp] (Egretta garzetta)
Common Pigeon [sp] (Columba livia)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Rose-ringed Parakeet [sp] (Psittacula krameri)
Eurasian Jay [sp] (Garrulus glandarius)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Western Jackdaw [sp] (Coloeus monedula)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Great Tit [sp] (Parus major)
Eurasian Blue Tit [sp] (Cyanistes caeruleus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)

Grey Squirrel

Posted: September 17, 2013 in Natural History
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The grey squirrel is a native of North America and was introduced into the United Kingdom. Many people regard the grey squirrel as a pest and there can be no doubt that it’s introduction to this country has led to the decline of the native red squirrel both through competition for feeding (The grey being much more flexible in its requirements) and the introduction of a virus which kills the red squirrel.
But we are where we are. In certain areas of the country, it is possible to manage grey squirrel infiltration to prevent the further loss of the native red squirrel. However in the majority of the country such measures are not possible and so in those areas we might as well enjoy the comical antics of the grey squirrel.