Eastern fox squirrel - Sciurus niger - in our backyard.
BEFORE FINDING OUT WE HAD EASTERN FOX SQUIRRELS LIVING AROUND OUR PROPERTY ...
I just called them squirrels. But they have a name. They are brown in color and are kind of funny to watch. They are quite talented and industrious creatures. Because of the fact that we have a very large 3 trunked Pin Oak tree that is about 80 years old, providing thousands of acorns each autumn, falling on the ground, the local squirrels migrated to our back yard many years ago. I would have to guess ... They are here because our property offers the main ingredients for their lifestyle, which is water for the birds that they also drink from, tons of acorns all over the back yard and the shade of our yard primarily from the large old trees on our property, which is a life saver for us. We live in Dallas, TX and it gets very hot on a Texas summer day between the months of May through mid October. The shade afforded by the Hackberry, the Pinoak and the Jack in the Beanstalk tree and two very tall Sycamore trees, one with a hollow from a downed upper tree limb, has been occupied by these squirrels. I can see there are in fact, squirrel nests, way up high in the trees of our next door neighbors.
One problem that I had with these Fox Squirrels had been that they would climb up into my homemade bird houses, which once were the homes of local sparrows, gnawed the entry holes large enough to get into the bird houses and essentially move in, sending the sparrows out to look for a new place to live.
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Eastern Fox Squirrel ( Sciurus niger)
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