Little grey squirrel
An early morning visitor to our garden this morning, this lovely little grey squirrel eager to join us for breakfast. We have seen this little fellow before scampering across the fences and the lawn but never before so early in the day nor going for the bird nuts that we hang on the bird table for the numerous blue tits that come visiting. This grey squirrel was certainly hungry as well as preparing for the winter, burying the nuts all over the lawn and in among the flower beds. It was interesting to watch him, even the grandchildren kept very quiet and were intrigued by this little fella.
The grey squirrel (sciurus caroliniensis) is not native to the UK. The grey squirrel was introduced to this country from the USA and has thrived very well over here, so much so that the native red squirrel has declined in numbers. They grow to around 22″ in length, that includes the tail, foraging on berries, seeds and nuts. They are also extremely agile. Some people consider them as pests as the can cause damage to roof tops, gutters and brickwork, but for most part, at least around here they just dash around from garden to garden stealing nuts from bird feeders.
Grey squirrel image
This was such a brilliant opportunity to grab my digital camera, the old Nikon and take some shots. Unfortunately all the windows were shut as it was a very cool morning so all shots were taken through the glass window. Even though the photo was taken through glass I am pleased with this shot. I have passed it through Photoshop where I made some slight adjustments to brightness, contrast and colour. The Nikon P90 is a pleasure to use however the one downside to the camera is the lack of a remote facility which I do like to use and which I have on the old Lumix FZ-50 that I also use.
I have managed to take quite a few shots - some better than others, and these need some editing in Photoshop and these I will share in a future post.