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Peter G Trimming 12:30pm, 24 January 2013
The squirrels which, visit Forest How Guest House, live in three different locations. Those living to the west are the nearest neighbours, living just over 20 yards away. The squirrels living to the east, in Foresthow Wood, are approximately 100 yards away. The one squirrel, living to the north, is at least 200 yards away.
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Peter G Trimming Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Peter G Trimming (admin) 5 years ago
Residents living in the conifers to the west of Forest How Guest House. Over a period of six days, I only saw two squirrels coming from this location, although at least one other squirrel went in this direction to cache food.

'Mr.Tail to the Right'
'Mr.Tail to the Right'
Happy in the Snow

He always sits like this, and seems to hold his tail slightly to the right wehen moving through the trees.

'Mr.Blonde Tip' / 'Wounded Soldier'
Hazelnut in the Snow
In the Bleak Midwinter

I have seen him being chased off by 'Mr.Tail to the Right', suggesting who is the dominant squirrel.
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Peter G Trimming Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Peter G Trimming (admin) 5 years ago
Resident living to the north of Forest How Guest House. I have only identified one squirrel, who, in my three visits to Forest How, was the first arrival on most mornings. She seemed to stay for a lengthy feed, rather than taking food to cache. However, I suspect that she took nuts, to cache, from the feeder in the private yard.

We'll call her 'Mrs.Stripey Tail', although the tail appears uniform in colour, following her autumn moult. She is probably the easiest squirrel to photograph, as she will sit and pose nicely.

'Mrs.Stripey Tail'
Sitting on the Wall (1)
The Typical Squirrel Pose
Meet the Forest How Red Squirrels
A Pose for the Photographer
Lady From the North
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Peter G Trimming Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Peter G Trimming (admin) 5 years ago
Residents living in Foresthow Wood, to the east of Forest How Guest House.

This is not so easy, since the several squirrels do not appear to visit every day. I can only speculate that these squirrels are able to source food elsewhere, and use Forest How Guest House as a 'top up'. These squirrels seem more likely to visit in the late afternoon rather than the early morning. On the whole, they seem more timid, especially the younger squirrels, and are difficult to photograph.

Young Squirrel (un-named)
Class of 2012

'Lady From the Wood' (blonde hairs in tail)
Matching Tuft and Tail Furs
Female Squirrel in Profile
Viewing the Scene
"Roll on spring!"
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Peter G Trimming 5 years ago
As of June 2013, two juvenile squirrels, one male, one female, were also living in the wood to the east of Forest How. These would have been born in the summer of 2012.

'Lady From the Wood' had kittens in the spring of 2013. As at mid June she had just about finished lactating, suggesting that they might be seen in the garden from late July onwards.

'Mr.Tail to the Right' was no longer living in the trees to the west of Forest How, in June 2013. A brief appearance suggested that he had moved into the wood some 200 yards to the north of Forest How. This wood is inhabited by 'Mrs Stripey-tail', and it could be that 'Mr.Tail to the Right' had moved in the winter, to be closer to a regular food source.
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Peter G Trimming 5 years ago
As at August 2013, 'Wounded Soldier' had reverted to his brown summer coat, with dark tail. Very different to his 'Mr.Blonde Tip' appearance of mid winter, resulting in a completely blonde tail by mid June.

'Maxi' and 'Nutkin' made appearances in August. Both look to be offspring from 'Mrs.Stripey-tail', and probably born in 2012 and 2013 respective. 'Maxi' seems to reside in Foresthow Wood, whilst 'Nutkin' seems to reside to the west of Forest How.
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Peter G Trimming Posted 5 years ago. Edited by Peter G Trimming (admin) 4 years ago
In October 2013, a dark-tailed squirrel (not identified, but without ear-tufts) was seen building a drey in a conifer to the west of Forest How. The drey was half way out along a branch, suggesting that he had not read the drey-building manual.

Building of this drey was aborted, since there was insufficient cover from an over-hanging branch.

House-building
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Peter G Trimming 4 years ago
As at December 2013, as well as 'Wounded Soldier', 'Nigel' and two female squirrels were often seen to the south-west of Forest How, suggesting that squirrels had moved threre from Foresthow Wood (to the east). No confirmed sightings of 'Nutkin', who had been a regular visitor in previous months.
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