Pictures of Little Red Squirrels

by dustytoes

Cute and adorable as babies, the red squirrel can grow up to be a huge pest around the home.

These baby squirrels in my backyard were too cute to miss, so I grabbed my camera and took some photos as they munched away on birdseed.

The only way to get a good photographs of them is to catch them while they are still, so I took pictures from inside the house as they sat in the snow and ate.

The Little Red Squirrels In My Backyard

It seems there is a family of the critters living nearby.

red squirrel

Little red squirrels are much cuter than the big gray ones and we have plenty of the speedy little guys where I live in New Hampshire.

They dart about like little maniacs, always moving fast, unless they are stopping to chow down on birdseed. Because my kids gave me a nice, new camera last year, I can get some great shots of them from inside my house.

This one is young it seems, because he doesn't have a full bushy tail yet and he's tiny.

Red Squirrel
Red Squirrel

Squirrels With An Attitude

They can be demanding and obnoxious.

The red squirrel is so darn cute, it's hard not to like it.  But they can be demanding and obnoxious.  In my rental house, I would put feeders up and seed on the deck outside my back door.  I had been getting only squirrels - red and gray - so I stopped putting seed on the deck.

One day I heard a thumping sound outside.  When I went out, I saw a red squirrel running off and I found the entire rounded top of the wood handle of my shovel chewed off!

I think the little guy was ticked off that I was no longer giving him a free lunch!

Red squirrel eating seeds
Red squirrel eating seeds

They Are Getting Fat at My Expense

Am I inviting trouble?

two red squirrels in winter

I know that all wildlife needs to eat, but I don't believe they need that much help from us humans to survive. After all, we are told not to feed bears and other animals or they will become dependent on it.

In the case of squirrels, they become obnoxious and annoying when they don't get what they want.

I do believe in helping out the birds in winter by providing seeds, but becoming overrun with squirrels cleaning up the leftovers could be inviting trouble.

Sharing My Photos

The little red squirrels in my backyard are so cute.

When I took the photos on this page, I thought I just had to share them.  These little guys are so cute.  And while looking around for more photos, I discovered the English squirrel (below) who really made me laugh.  Those ears are too much.  He does have beautiful coloring though.

The Red Squirrels of England Have a Different Look

I had to do a double take when I found this photo on Flickr. It still makes me laugh.

Do you think this English squirrel is funny?

I don't know why, but he just makes me laugh every time I view this photo.

What Are We To Do With These Rodent Monkeys?

Red or gray, the squirrels' acrobatic antics can be fun to watch.

gray squirrel on birdfeeder

Squirrels are rodents and can be destructive. Their eagerness to get to food (birdseed in the case of this gray squirrel) means they will chew through plastic and sometimes metal to get it.

Even though red squirrels are smaller than the gray ones, they will also hang precariously on feeders to sneak food not intended for them.

No one has yet been able to keep squirrels out of feeders and in the woods where they belong.  They just will not cooperate.  So we either don't feed birds, or try to enjoy their cuteness as they rip apart our feeders!

Short Video of a White Squirrel

My Awesome Camera - A Reader Asked

I'm not a fancy photographer. I just point and click.

The camera used for these photos of the little squirrels in my yard, is the Sony Cyber-shot.  It was a gift from my kids last Christmas. 

I've had fun playing with it, but haven't used most of the features.  It does have an adjustable viewing screen, and Intelligent Auto Adjustment (makes me look good) - so I really don't have to do much to get these great pics.

It also has a cool panoramic mode which allows for taking a "moving" photo (the camera moves) to give you a long, landscape view.

The squirrel photos were taken from inside my house - through the semi-dirty sliding door glass, and through the deck rails, so it has a great zoom - 20x.

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Updated: 01/13/2013, dustytoes
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What do you think of squirrels?

Guest on 04/06/2014

Dustytoes, Your photos are so very very lovely and the squirrels are so very very cute. I love the way their tails follow the curve of their bodies.
The photo of the English red squirrel is unreal: it's almost as if its ear are standing on end from seeing a ghost!

dustytoes on 10/02/2013

@Raintree, we are overrun here, but the babies are so adorable. Glad you liked the pictures here.

Raintree on 10/02/2013

Lovely to read a page about and see red squirrels. We never see our native red squirrel here now in UK where I live. I have seen them further north though nearer Scotland but sadly they are in decline.

dustytoes on 12/28/2012

Thanks 2uesday. I hope they will survive too.

2uesday on 12/27/2012

The red squirrels were here for centuries then in the 1870 s the Victorians introduced the grey squirrel to our countryside. The greys are larger in size and when they compete with the reds the reds often decline in numbers. Grey squirrels also are carriers of a disease which kills the red squirrels but not the greys. The Victorians had lots of good ideas but this was not one of them. I hope our little red squirrels can survive for future generations to enjoy.

dustytoes on 12/27/2012

I am sorry to hear that your English red squirrels are a rare sight. Who brought them over from the US anyway? These red ones sit in the trees and chatter angrily at my cats.

2uesday on 12/27/2012

Lovely photos of squirrels. Our native English red squirrels are on the decline due to competition from the grey squirrels that were imported. I love to catch a glimpse of the English red squirrels when out walking as they are such colourful little characters.

Tolovaj on 07/27/2012

I know squirrels can be real pest, but they really are adorable:) For a town kid like me they are so rare I just can't think about them different.

samsara on 04/08/2012

We have a few squirrels around our house but thankfully they are not the demanding kind :).

terrilorah on 03/21/2012

We have a rather large back yard and when those cute squirrels come out and explore it is so fun and relaxing watching them. We have a few families of squirrels here in PA.

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