Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
"You can't be friends with a squirrel! A squirrel is just a rat with a cuter outfit." - Sarah Jessica Parker
The moment where the mammal finds your stakeout. As I sat my backyard on this cloudy day, I was searching for birds or otherwise to photograph for a small period of time. At the peak of a small elevation gain sat this squirrel. For a few seconds, he stood up as seen here and looked around, fortunately I nabbed the shot of looking in my direction. A fast shutter speed and some luck/planning will help in these situations. At most I have seen about 12 squirrels moving about in my backyard. While some may despise their existence, I can enjoy their little antics.
These mammals are native to eastern United States, and are important in their role as a natural forest regenerator. They are also the only mammalian species that can rotate their hind feet to jump off a tree head-first. Nest building habits include making a drey, or a stack of twigs and branches in the fork of a tree. Babies are born furless and blind for a time. Learning more about a subject truly develops a deeper appreaciation for what life they live.
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