1. Cuttlefish says

    We have chipmunks, grey squirrels, and red squirrels taking turns eating all of the food from my bird-feeders.

    What we do not have is snow.

  2. otrame says

    Reminds me of one of my favorite icons: “Some people say I have ADD but what they don’t understand is–look! A squirrel!!!! “

  3. 4004bc says

    Now that is intelligent design!

    There is no way that half a tail could keep the snow off like that!

  4. Francisco Bacopa says

    For some reason these little gray squirrels have been displacing fox squirrels in the Houston suburbs. When I was a kid There were only a couple of colonies of the grays. Now they are almost everywhere. Grays will dig up your plants in the garden, but all the fox squirrels did was suck the sap out of water oaks and make a branch fall on your house during a tropical storm.

    The foxies are still dominant inside Loop 610. Why are the grays so successful? Can’t be global warming as the grays are invading from up north.

    BTW, I have plenty of evidence for global warming. I just harvested my first loquats. They did not used to ripen until late march. I live pretty far from Galveston Bay, but got a few bananas from the plants that survived the drought back in November.

    The white wing dove has displaced the Inca dove. Brave manatees cross the Mississippi Delta dead zone to scout out Texas, usually at the cost of their lives. I have not seen a purple house finch or goldfinch since the eighties. They spend the winter further north now.

    The plants and animals tell me the climate has changed, but the success of those horrible gray squirrels is a mystery. I want it to be all fox squirrels like it used to be.

    And if you don’t think global warming is real, invasive coypu (AKA nutria or nutria rats) have spread as far north as Maryland.

  5. davem says

    I’m surprised that there are both red and grey squirrels in Cuttletown. Here in the UK, the greys(American imports) have driven the native reds almost to extinction. They only occur on islands and where some protection has been applied. Protection, in this case involving shooting the greys. I haven’t seen a red squirrel for 40 years.