Red squirrels clip and gather truffles and other fungi and place them amongst the branches of trees to dry them in the sun.
temperate/pine forest, across N. America
I spotted this red squirrel in Short Hills. I've seen red squirrels a few times but this was the first time I was able to photograph them and get a good look so I was really happy.I was wrapping up a 4 hour hike when I walked past this squirrel munching on a nut on the crotch of a huge tree. I walked right past, pretending not to notice. I kept going until I could hide behind a bush and change to a telephoto lens. The squirrel was eating happily and didn't mind me getting off a few shots. Then it suddenly disappeared. Strangely enough, a minute later, a very angry eastern grey squirrel appeared in its place. It flicked its tail and made a lot of noise at me. I'm not sure why but I did film the show. Will add that spotting soon.