Monday, January 14, 2013

A New Kid On The Block

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For the past couple of weeks, the backyard has been overrun with Black squirrels, which are quite rare. Black Squirrels number only 1 in 10,000 squirrels found throughout North America. Black squirrels are found in abundance here in Ontario Canada.
Black and grey squirrels are the same species and can interbreed. A mutation in the gene that governs coat pigmentation is responsible for the black colouring. The testosterone-fuelled black squirrels are faster, fitter, fiercely territorial and more aggressive, beating greys to food and mates.

I hope the new kid on the block has access to that last bit of information!!!
 
I guess he heard about the fabulous feeding stations here in our yard via the grapevine...

 
 and he's moving in!
Good luck!
 
and yes...I did name him...Stoney Braveheart
 
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31 comments:

  1. Never seen such black squirrels....good photo's karen.

    Greetings, Joop

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  2. That nice pictures, excellent captures, that squirrel gorgeous.

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  3. I think I probably told you, but I've never seen the black squirrels! Handsome guys/gals they are! Here's wishing good luck to the new kid on the block!! What fun captures for the day, Karen! Hope you have a lovely week -- with no squirrel wars!!

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  4. Aww such cute pictures ! Our squirrels here are red and smaller.

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  5. my sis in wis gets black squirrels in her yard. i always delight in seeing them! :)

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  6. I enjoyed this post. I hope Stoney Braveheart will do well in his new digs.

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  7. The word is out in the squirrel community about your wonderful restaurant! They say the food is good and there is lots of it!

    Love the black squirrel -- different from any I see.

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  8. A great post!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  9. All squirrels look cute to me - there are none out here in Australia. That black one is a beauty!

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  10. They are so cute, Karen! I love it... :))
    Indeed they are very rare... I saw it yesterday on TV, there was a program over them. :))
    Have a nice week and warm greetings Anna

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  11. seems like a healthy fellow. In Sweden we only have the red squirral. :)

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  12. I do not believe I have ever seen a Black Squirrel. Great post and photos. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  13. Fantastic photography and wishing the 'new kid on the block' ~ safe survival ~

    (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. I love your squirrel photos! I miss the little buggers scampering about.

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  15. Perhaps the black and grey will have a truce or a family ;)

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  16. What fun squirrel shots!

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  17. Great pictures !
    Best regards from France,

    Pierre

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  18. I assume that the fur will fly as the "old guard" and the "new guard" have a bit of a stand off!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  19. Thanks for the great squirrel photos and thanks for telling me things I never knew about them. I have an interesting squirrel feeder and you can see it here.

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  20. Though pests squirrels are cute. Nice pics.

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  21. We have them here in Nebraska too. I didn't know they had those traits though. Interesting!

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  22. We have a ton of squirrels here, but no black ones. Great shots!

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  23. When I lived in DC, there was a huge issue with the black squirrels taking over the city. They zoo had some as part of a habitat - but hello, duh, squirrels can easily get out and breed like rabbits (?). On my college campus there were jokes about the black squirrel "hoods" and the regular squirrel "hoods'"!

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  24. I've seen an albino squirrel...but never a black squirrel.

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  25. We have an issue here in the UK with the greys taking over from the reds (who were here first!). No black squirrels here yet.

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  26. wonderful sharp pics of the little guys and such great definition, see every hair and whisker!

    love the interesting and entertaining story that accompanies the pics too.

    wel done, lovely work *VBS*

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  27. oh my! I don't think I've ever seen a black squirrel before! Great shots!

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  28. Yep, we sure do have black squirrels in my yard too! ;))

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  29. I think the gray ones are way cuter!

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  30. I hope Stoney got some food. I knew that blacks were a variation of gray, but didn't know they were more aggressive.. Interesting post Karen.. Thank you... Michelle

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