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Meet the Squirrels

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Peter G Trimming is a group administrator Peter G Trimming says:

Some of the squirrels which visit the Forest How Guest House.
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Peter G Trimming is a group administrator Peter G Trimming says:

'Mrs.Stripey-tail'. Seems to be the dominant squirrel out of those which I observed. As at September 2012, she had ear-tufts on both ears. An early riser, visiting just 10/15 minutes after sunrise on three mornings.

Had kittens (again) in early spring 2013.

By October 2013, still the dominant squirrel, but often visiting the yard for her morning feed.

In March 2014, she was again expecting kittens. In mid May, she was seen with one juvenile squirrel, which appeared to be weaned. This suggested that the kitten was born immediately after my March visit.

Victim of the squirrelpox virus, in the summer of 2014.

That Surprised Look
Sitting on the Wall (1)
The Typical Squirrel Pose
'Mrs.Stripey-tail'
'Celia Stripey-tail'
'Celia Stripey-tail'
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'Lady From the Wood'. Happy to pose for photographers, whilst eating. As at September 2012, she had an ear-tuft on her left ear and some blonde fur at the tip of her tail. Slightly rounder head than the other squirrels.

Had kittens in late spring 2013.

Not seen in Aug/Sep 2013, when the nut harvest in Foresthow Wood was plentiful. Seen on a couple of days in October 2013.

Seen over the New Year 2014, and during the spring. More friendly than previously.

Had kittens in early spring 2014, and was still lactating as at mid May.

Victim of the squirrelpox virus, in July 2014.

Friendly Smile
Matching Tuft and Tail Furs
Female Squirrel in Profile
'Lady From the Wood'
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'Wounded Soldier' / 'Mr.Blond Tip'. Male squirrel. This squirrel was slightly smaller than the other male which I observed. No ear-tufts as at September 2012, and limping as a result of a toe injury.

The injury soon cleared up, only to be replaced by a torn left ear.

In March 2014, he was seen less frequently than previously, and seemed to have moved his drey from the south-west to the north-west of Forest How.

My last picture of him, looking alert, was in May 2014; just days before he contracted squirrelpox virus. He was the 2nd victim.

In the Wars
Still Feeding
Mr.Blond Tip
'Wounded Soldier' Poses
'Wounded Soldier'
'Wounded Soldier'
'Wounded Soldier'
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Peter G Trimming is a group administrator Peter G Trimming says:

Male squirrel. The larger of the two males which I observed. As at September 2012, he had the beginnings of an ear-tuft on the left ear, and just a couple of hairs on his right ear. This is probably 'Mr.Tail to the Right'.

Soggy Squirrel
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Young squirrel. Born in the summer of 2012. Probably no more than four months old, in this photograph. Probably lives in the wood to the east of Forest How Guest House.
Class of 2012
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'Maxi'. Probably born in 2012. Bushy tail, obvious when she runs away.

Introducing 'Maxi'
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'Nutkin'. Seen as a juvenile in August 2013, almost fully grown in September 2013. Probably the son of 'Lady From the Wood' and 'Wounded Soldier'. Note, it only became obvious that he is a male squirrel during my October visit.

Very quickly learned 'posing for the photographer', which he again demonstrated in March 2014.

By mid May 2014, and starting his moult, his body fur was looking quite grey.

3rd victim of the squirrelpox virus outbreak, in June 2014.

"Is it safe?"
Bright-eyed and Bushy-tailed
'Nutkin'
'Nutkin'
'Nutkin'
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Adult female squirrel, named 'Tumbler' after a fall from a tree in March 2014. Seen every day of my October 2013 visit, but only photographed once. Generally an early riser, and seen on the terrace. Small piece of fur missing from the tip of her (blonde) tail. Seemed to live in Foresthow Wood, to the south-east of the guest house. By the end of December 2013, she was still seen every day, but was often seen departing to the south-west of Forest How, towards the tree where 'Wounded Soldier' probably has his drey.

In March 2014, she was using a tree drey, very close to Forest How.

Seen very briefly on the May 2014 visit. However, at the end of May, she was seen carrying two kittens into the safety of Foresthow Wood.

Victim of the squirrelpox virus, in the summer of 2014.

A Rare Capture
Cautious Squirrel
'Tumbler'
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Baby Squirrel, subsequently named 'Nigel'. Seen every day of my October 2013 visit, and regularly posed nicely. Probably living in Foresthow Wood at the time, but appeared to have moved to the south-west of Forest How by the end of December 2013. By the end of 2013, he appeared almost fully grown.

I suspect that he is the son of 'Wounded Soldier' and 'Lady From the Wood'. He looked very like 'Wounded Soldier', but his ears are angled slightly forward.

By March 2014, he was often seen with 'Tumbler', in or near one of the trees close to Forest How.

In May 2014, he posed nicely on several occasions. Sadly, he died in early June 2014 of squirrelpox virus, and was the 1st victim.

Baby Squirrel
'Nigel'
'Nigel'
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Baby Squirrel. Seen most days of my October 2013 visit, but only photographed once. Dark tail. Probably living to the north-west of Forest How. Once seen with two other squirrels of the same colour, but the size difference was obvious.

This might well be 'Norman', who appeared to have slightly grey fur by March 2014.

Not seen after the squirrelpox virus outbreak of summer 2014.

Baby Squirrel
Introducing 'Norman'
Introducing 'Norman'
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'Nick'. First seen in the autumn of 2013, as a young adult. Torn left ear. Not photographed until March 2014, and again in May and July.

Became the 9th known victim to squirrelpox, at the end of July.

"You've been spotted!"
Resident Identified
'Nick' on a Rock
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'Celia's Daughter'

Born in mid March 2014, she was first seen in mid May. She was seen, regularly, in July, when the squirrelpox virus was still active. Somehow, she avoided catching the virus.

Seen in September 2014, but not photographed.

'Celia's Daughter' - first sighting
'Celia's Daughter'
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Introducing 'Lucky'.

Almost certainly born in the spring of 2014. First seen in September 2014, as a young squirrel, foraging on the margins of 'Nature Wood' and the adjoining Foresthow Wood.

Speculation is that isolation protected her from the squirrelpox outbreak of summer 2014.

Red Squirrel at Forest How
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