Western Gray Squirrel – Camera Critters #35

by Larry Jordan on December 6, 2008

Western Gray Squirrel photo by Larry Jordan

The Western Gray Squirrel is the largest native tree squirrel in the western coastal United States.  They are about 12 inches from head to toe with an additional 12 inch, very bushy tail.  They feed mainly on seeds and nuts, particularly pine seeds and acorns.  Pine nuts and acorns are considered critical foods because they are very high in oil and moderately high in carbohydrates, increasing the development of the squirrel’s body fat.

Some backyard birders (and non-birders) consider squirrels a nuisance.  Others enjoy watching their crazy antics.  Stay tuned for my next post on squirrels, love ’em or hate ’em.  And catch the other Camera Critters posts.

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SaraG December 6, 2008 at 9:27 pm

very cool photo of the squirrel!!

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Mickala (Busy Mom in Iowa) December 6, 2008 at 10:03 pm

Awww…the squirrel is so adorable!! Thanks for visiting my blog….and yes, he’s a beagle…100% beagle!!

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Tink *~*~* December 6, 2008 at 10:08 pm

hey Larry, that’s a plump squirrel you have there – I predict a COLD winter! 🙂

Tink *~*~*

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Debbie December 6, 2008 at 10:59 pm

I love watching the gray squirrels in my yard. Wonderful photo!

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Grammy December 6, 2008 at 11:11 pm

I love your photo. I raises a few of those from hairless baby’s in my day.
This is my first time on Camera critters.
Have a great week.

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kayleen December 6, 2008 at 11:41 pm

Count me among the ones who think they are cute. Nice shot!

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magiceye December 6, 2008 at 11:56 pm

dont know why but your picture just does not load on my browser 🙁

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Natural Moments December 7, 2008 at 1:45 am

When I get the chance to see them, I enjoy watching the Western Gray Squirrels. There are a lot more Douglas Squirrels in this paticular region than Gray’s probably because there are more conifers than deciduous trees here in Northwestern Washington State. But we do have them.

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Kerri December 7, 2008 at 5:14 am

I love squirrels! He sure is a cutie!! We have LOTS of them around this area, but not near my bird feeders, thank goodness!

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June December 7, 2008 at 5:28 am

You took quite the risk taking this shot…very vulnerable it seems to me 🙂 Thanks for stopping by Spatter. The barred owl was in captivity at Homosassa Springs, FL No caging…just a walled barrier… so I’m guessing wings were clipped. I’m not sure he was thinking I’m glad I can fly, but rather, I wish I could!

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sandy December 7, 2008 at 6:11 am

Right now we have an elusive albino in our park- I loved the gray and flying growing up then an affinity for the black in Canada..

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Lisa's Chaos December 7, 2008 at 7:00 am

I truly have mixed emotions towards them. Last year we only had one squirrel that would wonder through our yard and he/she was pretty fun to watch – this year I’ve seen as many as 5 at one time and refilled the feeder twice in a day, so I get a little ticked at them from time to time. But then laugh at them at times as well. 🙂 Looks like that one was trying to make you believe it wasn’t there. 🙂

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Gretchen December 7, 2008 at 12:05 pm

What a beautiful photo!

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fishing guy December 7, 2008 at 8:18 pm

Larry: What a nice capture of the squirrel in that tree.

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animtreebird December 8, 2008 at 6:21 am

Very beautiful animal. Nice photo. :)))

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Kallen305 December 8, 2008 at 7:45 pm

I have grown to accept them. I too have as many as five of them in my yard at onte time and now I have tree stumps and trays scattered throughout my yard with their own food to eat. It has worked out pretty well, but they can still be little stinkers at times.

I can’t stay mad at them for long though, because they are funny little critters.

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Cathy December 8, 2008 at 10:07 pm

You’re right–squirrels can be little stinkers, but I still love ’em!

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Willard December 9, 2008 at 4:05 am

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. It is much appreciated.

I would fall in the ranks of the squirrel enthusiast, but unfortunately I have few good photos of them–a situation which I need to remedy.

I also liked the post on the Red Shouldered Hawk. I have not seen them yet. Our most common haws are the red-tailed, cooper’s hawk, and kestrel

Willards last blog post..Camera Critters: An Old Friend Is Gone


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