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Eastern gray squirrel

Sciurus carolinensis


The Eastern gray squirrel isn't actually gray but a mix of browns, blacks and whites. The squirrels eat wild tree nuts (acorns mostly in our area) but are fond of birdseed and corn as well.


Native to the Eastern United States, the eastern gray squirrel prefers tree dens but will gather large collections of leaves in high tree branches if a den is not available.


When I heard the familiar chatter as I was doing dishes, I ran for the camera. I was very happy to see that our usual visitors to the backyard bird feeders were okay after Hurricane Irene battered us a bit.

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theroguenun 12 years ago

Black squirrels sound really cute. The Eurasian red squirrels are adorable too. See: Spotted by ImreDér. He has some nice shots from Budapest, Hungary. :)

JeanC.Fisher 12 years ago

Many people say they don't like squirrels but I think they are the CUTEST things! Down in Palo Alto (just south of San Francisco), at the VA hospital there, they have BLACK squirrels! They are beautiful! Someone said they're "Russian" but I don't know if that's true or not. They sure are cute!

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Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Aug 28, 2011
Submitted on Sep 4, 2011

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