Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:01 am

continues, Anja, the 9th May

She behaved just the same way as always, eating, looking around, meditating. Now she jumped up to the fat ball of the wood pecker couple, tasted it and jumped down..checked the ground under the feeder, and continued eating.


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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:06 am

Anja, 9th May

continues..

There it is, the bald area in her fur.. :slap: .. it does not look good, but not very bad either..

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:10 am

Anja 9th May

I tried to catch the bald area on photo, but.. oh no, my pics are too blurred.. :cry:


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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:22 am

Yesterday, the 10th, Anja again.

Can you see a certain trait on her chest and belly? :D I think she must have pups!

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:24 am

Anja

the last four pics from yesterday, the 10th May:


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Yesterday Anja was to see for 15 minutes, photos are in time order.
Soon she left. I saw she went towards the forest seen from my window..
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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:36 am

11th May!

First the video :bounce:

at 5:55 in the morning. I am not often awake at that early! Who is she?? Do I dear to tell what I think.. :slap:

She resembles Anja but is one other female! I'll put later photos where their difference can be seen better. But first of all, this female has no a 'bald area in fur on the right side'. This squirrel too, has scars on her body (and some normal spots when the fur is changing to brown), but they are in different places.

With music by Debussy ( Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faun :blush: I know that the music describes an afternoon of a faune, but there was no 'early morning' to be found for the moment):



The same video, with the original voice:

http://youtu.be/1Qfie8gRcI8
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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 8:58 pm

Good evening :wave:

May I represent, two well known squirrels on the Squirrel Hill,:

First a double pic to compare:

Their real colors can't be seen well enough, lightning is different on the two pics. Squirrels are changing the winter fur to a new, summer fur. Only after the color change it is possible to be for 100% sure that the 'Silk ear' on the right is the same Silk ear who was one of the regular visitors in last summer:

Their noses are different, not much!

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:11 pm

I have not so many pics of 'Silk ear who visited this morning at 5:55. I hoped I could choose pics of both, of Anja and of Silk ear in same pose (as much as possible). That comparison I will do later - please, Silk ear!! We are waiting for you!

Silk ear, the best pics from the morning, at 5:55:


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On the photo above she looks just similar to Anja, yes, but it is not Anja. It's not allways so easy to recognize them, be cause they can move their noses, for e g.

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A friend of mine told me that I should clean the lens of my cam,.. :nod: all righ, I'll buy some suitable stuff for that
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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:15 pm

Silk ear, at 5:55

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:19 pm

The last two pics of Silk ear today:


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:puzzled: Hm, how to add Anja's portraits between..lets see, as thumbnails
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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 9:29 pm

This is Anja:

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Here some pics that I have all ready submitted in the morning: I'll add them here one more time, to be found here too, if some one likes to watch:


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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by alice44 » May 11th, 2011, 10:40 pm

They are so cute.


About the scar. I noticed on the bear blog brit is linking to in the other animals thread that one of the bears scratched itself getting into out of a too small den -- and she has a huge gash in her fur -- 6 months later. Maybe some of the visible scars we see are not too bad.

Although I think, missing fur in the winter might be terrible. :shock:

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 11th, 2011, 11:15 pm

alice44 wrote:They are so cute.


About the scar. I noticed on the bear blog brit is linking to in the other animals thread that one of the bears scratched itself getting into out of a too small den -- and she has a huge gash in her fur -- 6 months later. Maybe some of the visible scars we see are not too bad.

Although I think, missing fur in the winter might be terrible. :shock:


yes, it has to have been nasty freezing, so a small animal that a squirrel is, and we had more than - 20-25 for weeks over -30 C during several night and days!

Anja has some other smaller bald areas too, on her neck on the right side e g . The bald areas seem to be just on the same places where the injuries were to see. Silk ear got injuries too, the right side of her mouth looked bad about for two three weeks, but it seemed to recover well. She had also wounds on her body here and there, like done someone with curved nails. If it was a cat who caused the wounds I am happy to know that squirrels learn to avoid cats. And seemingly they are able to defend themselves too, quite well.

They will be all quite funny looking before they get the red brown color - spotted squirrels, soon without tassels on ears.
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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 13th, 2011, 8:02 pm

Yesterday, in the evening at 21:15

:thumbs: A Great Wood pecker male:

I watch them everyday, a Wood pecker couple:

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 13th, 2011, 8:06 pm

The same WP, today at 10:00 - he likes more the fat ball than the female, he is seen more often than his mate.

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 13th, 2011, 8:19 pm

The next visitor today, at 14:00

But who it is? I think it is quite young, the toes are big and the form of head is a kind of short?? :puzzled: It could be 'Baby' squirrel from last summer.. but.. who knows! Anja it is not, nor Lonely boy.. no no

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 13th, 2011, 8:21 pm

at 14:00, the same squirrel.

:thumbs: Yes, it has to be the 'Baby squirrel'!! Now also one year old.

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 13th, 2011, 8:32 pm

The female Wood pecker!

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by Olga » May 13th, 2011, 9:36 pm

I suppose, this is also a guess, that the squirrel today was this, I called it as Baby, 3rd October 2010, born in summer time.

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Some more pics of Baby here:

viewtopic.php?p=82282#p82282

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I think of Charley too, he had so nice ear tassels.. the 4th October 2010

He too looks young, but a bit older than the 'Baby' The head of Charley is relative big and short too. Well, I don't know, but I suppose that he was born in the spring time. 8-)

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the last two pics are from here:

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Re: Spring and Summer 2011 in Finland

Post by alice44 » May 14th, 2011, 6:31 am

Baby Squirrel is really cute -- it does look like it might be the same squirrel.

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