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Fox Squirrel eating sunflower seeds

Sciurus niger

Description:

Spotted this guy in my front yard flower planter feasting on the sunflower seeds. I was also able to get a video of him.

Habitat:

Urban flower garden.

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15 Comments

misako
misako 10 years ago

Alice--the seeds are really tiny, so I don't think he is even chewing them!

misako
misako 10 years ago

Thanks Amber!
Jean and Emma: I only see fox squirrels in my neighborhood. When I lived in Palo Alto, CA, I used to see black squirrels.

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

@ Jean,.that is a very interesting fact that you have shared with us.Fox squirrels are quite abundant in the foothills of Mt Diablo. We see a lot of grey ground squirrels and it is fun to see them communicating with each other thru their homes. They have dug burrows all over,
Sonoma county is a very beautiful place!

alicelongmartin
alicelongmartin 10 years ago

He is eating so fast, I am surprised he doesn't have a stomach ache.

AmberAguero
AmberAguero 10 years ago

He's so cute. Love this picture!

JeanC.Fisher
JeanC.Fisher 10 years ago

Great pose! We have a lot of them here in Sonoma County, too, but it seems to me as though they keep to the cities and towns whereas our native gray squirrels are only found out here in "the wild hinterlands"... The only type we see here on the property where I live near Cloverdale are grays.

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

It is so cute to see a squirrel on top of a sunflower though!
The squirrels in my backyard love apples!

misako
misako 10 years ago

Mine were too. I planted a "mammoth" variety this year and had over a dozen 6 feet and taller.

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

The sunflowers out here are huge!

misako
misako 10 years ago

That squirrel has had his fill of at least 5 of my sunflowers!

KarenL
KarenL 10 years ago

How hilarious! He has a lovely shiny coat - must be all that sunflower oil!

misako
misako 10 years ago

I agree Emma. This squirrel was eating seeds for at least 10 minutes before running off across the street! It has been visiting the rest of my sunflowers regularly.

Hema
Hema 10 years ago

squirrels are so cute! When did he stop eating? Looks like he is going to eat and eat and eat!

misako
misako 10 years ago

He was Longmustache. I opened my garage door and walked to my car and he was just 10ft away from me--nothing was going to move him!

windmustache
windmustache 10 years ago

The squirrel is absorbed in his work :)

misako
Spotted by
misako

Emeryville, California, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2011
Submitted on Aug 28, 2011

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