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Here are a few facts from the Forestry Commission website:-

Their scientific name is Sciurus carolinensis.
They were introduced from USA /Canada to approximately 30 sites in England, Scotland and Wales from 1876–1930.
Grey squirrels eat seeds, buds, flowers, shoots, nuts, berries and fruit from many trees and shrubs. They also eat fungi and insects, and it is possible occasionally birds’ eggs and fledglings.
They store nuts in the ground in the autumn, but do not remember where they store them. They rely on scent to find them.
They can be right- or left-handed!
Squirrels moult their coat twice a year, once after winter and then in the late summer before the weather gets colder again.
They do not have ear tufts.
They can live to 5-7 years of age.
They have four fingers and five toes.
The upper fur is mainly grey with mid-brown along the upper back, and chestnut over the flanks, limbs and feet. Their underside is white. The tail hairs are grey, banded with brown and black and a white fringe.
They weigh 450-650g.
Their body is 24–26cm long and their tail is 19-24cm in length.
Squirrels live high in trees in a nest made from twigs, leaves and moss. This is called a drey.
The drey may be in a hole in the tree or set against the trunk and branches.
Pregnancy lasts 44 days and their young are called kittens.
Kittens are born with their eyes closed, without teeth and with no hair. After about seven weeks they look just like small versions of their parents and are ready to leave the drey.
There are generally 2 litters a year (rarely 3), with 3–7 kittens in each litter.
Average densities in broadleaf areas are approximately 8-18 grey squirrels per hectare, and 0.1-1 per hectare in coniferous areas.
They do not hibernate over winter, but may be less active when weather conditions are bad.
They can hang upside down!
They can swim!
Grey squirrels do not appear to be susceptible to Squirrelpox virus, but may carry and transmit it.

Camera:EOS 350D
Lens:Sigma 50-500mm F4-6.5 EX DG
Recording media:Raw
Title:Sciurus Carolinensis
Username:digitalcaptive digitalcaptive
Uploaded:19 Feb 2007 - 8:19 AM
Tags:Close-up / macro, General, Sciurus carolinensis, Squirrel, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
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Dennie
Dennie  9260 forum posts United Kingdom
19 Feb 2007 - 9:19 AM

Lovely squirrel shot and great information. Id like to see one swimming.
I like squirrels cant see why people dont like them. Denise x

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KingArthur
19 Feb 2007 - 11:12 AM

Good shot, lovely capture.

Joe

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2007 - 12:32 PM

OK who was checking out who. Nice capture you certainly had its attention, fascinating facts as well taken for granted by a lot of people. Nice Capture.
Richard

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ITPSnapper
19 Feb 2007 - 3:49 PM

Real cracker of a shot.

Neal

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BertC
BertC  729 forum posts Malta
19 Feb 2007 - 4:33 PM

Superb work Russell ... lovely !
Bert

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SueWB
SueWB  7 England
19 Feb 2007 - 4:48 PM

Thanks for all that info - I have taken some shots of greys recently, and being so close to them has made me appreciate them alot more - they are so quick and agile!
Sue Smile

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Peteward
Peteward  7 England
19 Feb 2007 - 5:07 PM

Nice one mate.Got one just like this,Visits my garden well we do put out Morrisons best for it.

Cheers Pete

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Loupix
Loupix  880 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2007 - 10:32 PM

WOW! cracking shot! is this from yesterday!!!
you must be proud of this one Smile

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digitalcaptive
19 Feb 2007 - 10:46 PM

Yes mate, a bit slower moving than the tits

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KKmoments
KKmoments  8 United Kingdom
20 Feb 2007 - 12:46 AM

Well timed capture, nice detail and lovely focus on the eyes... fascinating facts about the grey squirrel, thank you for sharing.
Karen

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Kim Walton
Kim Walton  10144 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
20 Feb 2007 - 9:36 AM

Well taken shot .As above.

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TrevorPlumbe
TrevorPlumbe e2 Member 860 forum postsTrevorPlumbe vcard England
20 Feb 2007 - 4:14 PM

Super capture
Trevor

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piccy
piccy  8 Wales
21 Feb 2007 - 11:52 AM

Nice informative write up and excellent detail.
Freda

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Pegon
Pegon  978 forum posts England1 Constructive Critique Points
21 Feb 2007 - 10:42 PM

Good shot and info.
Pete.

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viscostatic
25 Feb 2007 - 7:13 PM

A beautiful photograph of this animal in its natural surroundings.

Phil.

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Ruthannette
Ruthannette e2 Member 7Ruthannette vcard England
3 Mar 2007 - 2:07 PM

Lovely capture, interesting write up.

Ruth

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