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