R is for Raccoon

 

These burly fellows are very much a part of suburban life and we squirrels like to think they make us look good. Raccoons seem to get into more trouble than we do…or at least bigger trouble!

Come on, who else would get stuck on a fence!

Even if you don’t see raccoons, since they like to prowl around at night, you might see signs of them.

U is for Unusual Squirrel

We just can’t let a Blogging A to Z Challenge April slip by without featuring one squirrel post in the month. A real squirrel that is!

Unusual White Squirrel

This Eastern Gray Squirrel lives here in northern Virginia’s suburbs, but as you can easily see, he has unusual fur…white. That doesn’t make him albino because his eyes aren’t white, but a blue color. This fellow is at a bit of a disadvantage because his fur doesn’t camouflage with tree trunks. It’s definitely easier for a squirrel with a gray or brownish coat to hide from predators like hawks that would like to carry us off.

But on the other hand, you humans tend to be quite taken with white squirrels, so they find it easier to get handouts! Some people study these unusual cousins of ours, so it you’d like to read more, or contribute your sightings of white squirrels, leap on over to this Wild Classroom page.  Lots of fun reading and even a movie!

K is for Kit on Motionless Monday

Hey there,

Finding a ‘K’ wildlife statue is harder than I thought. Do you humans realize Katydid and Kingfisher statues might make nice additions to your gardens? I am determined to keep with my regular column theme and the Blogging A to Z Challenge, so finally had to fall back on an old favorite:

Squirrel wildlife statue

Yes, for today, we are saying this is a ‘kit’, what a young squirrel is called when he is still in the nest. You know we had to get squirrels in one day, right? And they are quite cute in real life.

Gray Squirrel kitsThis photo was sent with permission to use it a few years ago by reader Anna. here is our original post with lots of links to more squirrel information.

Enjoy your Monday!