Red Squirrels at the Bluffs: Feb. 2, 2023

Red Squirrels are active throughout the year. They feed on a great variety of seeds, nuts, eggs, fungi and conifer cones. The home range is less than 200 yds. across. They may live to 10 years. (Field Guide to the Mammals – Burt and Grossenheider)

We saw several today at a very windy Scarborough Bluffs.

Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel

Some birds:

Canada Geese
Mallard (female)
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swans and Geese
Herring Gull
Canada Geese
Trumpeter Swans
Common Raven
Common Goldeneye (female)

Park views:

Beaver gnawing

Today’s group:

Some botany:

Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Woodpecker drilling on Goldenrod gall
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Buffalo-berry (Shepherdia canadensis)
Missouri Willow (Salix eriocephala)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Beach Grass (Ammophilia breviligulata)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Privet (Ligustrum obtusifolium)


Winter has changed his mind and fixt to come. 
Now two or three snow-feathers at a time 
Drop heavily, as if in doubt if they should drop 
Or wait for others to support their fall.                – Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864)

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Red Squirrels at the Bluffs: Feb. 2, 2023

  1. Karen Eckert

    Looking at winter with new eyes and seeing all the wondrous variety that I never really knew existed, I am reminded of Robert Louis Stevenson’s poem from A Child’s Garden of Verses:

    “The world is so full of a number of things,
    I’m sure we should all be as happy as kings.“


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