Animal #2 — Eastern Fox Squirrel

sciurus niger

September 28, 1981 — 1:00 pm

Des Plaines, Illinois — home

At noon, or just about, I put up the sunflower feeders for the fall.  Within an hour, this Eastern Fox Squirrel was eating seeds on the patio. It was over a foot long including its large, bushy tail.  Its fur was rusty/orange overall with many darker hairs throughout.  It was very fat.  Its back was scarred and part of an ear was missing.

It was fairly tame, running up a tree when I got within six feet and coming back down when I threw seeds toward it.

 

South Barrington, Illinois — 7/28/07

Eastern Fox Squirrel (young) - San Antonio Botanical Gardens - October 21, 2008

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