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Post by alice44 » May 13th, 2012, 8:52 am

Here he is sitting right in front of their back door.

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And here is a parent, apparently calling the youngster up into the wires where life is safer.

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Post by macdoum » May 14th, 2012, 3:54 am

Alice,he is an adventurous little sqirrel. Parent did well to call him up...but will he listen ?. :rolleyes:
Lovely photos..thanks to Alice's dad. :thumbs: .. :D
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Post by Olga » May 15th, 2012, 11:45 am

:loveshower: Alice, thank you! Your squirrels are lovely!! They are cute!Tell my greetings and thanks to you dad! He has been lucky to have met these squirrels! :D
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Post by Lussi05 » May 21st, 2012, 10:42 pm

Alice, I also think your squirrels are cute. Thank you for sharing the photos, and thank you Alice's dad for taking them. They are beautiful :wave:

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Post by Kitty KCMO » June 1st, 2012, 8:33 pm

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Alice, this picture is just precious! The young squirrel is so cute in this pose. :loveshower: The grey squirrels in your area must be different from ours. They are really grey, almost silver colored. We have the Eastern grey squirrel, which in our area actually tend more to be brown with a layer of grey guard hairs above their main fur coat. They also are pretty good sized though not as big as the fox squirrel, which is also in this area. We have the Eastern grey in our immediate neighborhood, though, not the fox.
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Post by Manu » June 7th, 2012, 7:37 pm

Till now, I saw the pictures of the squirrel :blush: . The pictures are so great. Especially the picture with the squirrel, which is on the wires :thumbs: .

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Post by Felis silvestris » June 9th, 2012, 3:15 pm

I saw a grey squirrel last weekend in London (in Richmond to be precise)

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Post by Olga » June 10th, 2012, 5:30 pm

Thank you, Felis, for your squirrel photo! The squirrel looks just great, so handsome and sympathetic! :wave:
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Post by alice44 » June 14th, 2012, 2:29 am

It will be interesting to hear if Kitty says that Squirrel looks like the ones she knows.

My understanding is that it is Eastern Grey Squirrels have "invaded" Europe. I think they are a problem in some areas here, but the ones in my dad's photos are the Western Grey Squirrel.

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Post by alice44 » June 14th, 2012, 2:32 am

Another photo from my dad -- of our other squirrel -- these live in the forests, not in the cities near people

Douglas Squirrel also known as Chickaree or Pine Squirrel

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Post by alice44 » June 23rd, 2012, 11:01 pm

I went to central Oregon for a couple of days -- the climate is completely different than the area I live. It is open, wilder, dryer and there are much fewer people.

I'll post a few landscapes and the few animal images I got.

This is in a fossil bearing area of Central Oregon -- the fossils date from the time of the mammals. I think the strata here is about 30 million years old. These hills are a sort of clay and in hard rain falls the clay moves a tiny bit, but I don't think the shapes have changed much in hundreds of years except where we (humans) have poked at them.

Painted Hills --
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Post by alice44 » June 23rd, 2012, 11:08 pm

This little lizard (a giant compared to Fireblade's toad and even pretty large for his species) I found just off the path at this little walk at the Painted Hills.

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Post by alice44 » June 23rd, 2012, 11:25 pm

We watched this Turkey Gobbler, a couple of hens, (one is just visible on the other side of the fence) and a large number of chicks -- pretty big sized ones, cross the road in front of us.

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Post by alice44 » June 23rd, 2012, 11:41 pm

I think these guys were one of the highlights of my vacation. They are in the John Day River. We saw them very shortly after having seen a coyote run from us after we did a u-turn to see him better. The coyote was not frightened the first time as we drove by, but clearly he knew better than to trust humans who turn about -- having seen him.

But these little guys swam down the river past us, and then did a u-turn to see us better. Only one of the little ones came closer for a still better view, but I did not manage to photograph it. The adults were about 2x or more the size of the youngsters.

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Post by alice44 » June 24th, 2012, 12:47 am

Raven at Sunset

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Post by alice44 » June 24th, 2012, 5:36 am

On the way through the mountains

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here we were stopped briefly for road road construction -- the road is constantly slipping down

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Post by Lussi05 » June 24th, 2012, 2:41 pm

Alice, Painted Hill seems very special and overwhelming. And the other landscapes and animals/birds..beautiful pictures. To me it is very special to see Turkeys in the wild, because here they only live in captivity. Thank you for sharing your experience with us :wave:

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Post by Felis silvestris » June 24th, 2012, 2:44 pm

Beautiful pictures, Alice!
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Post by alice44 » July 3rd, 2012, 11:09 am

The painted hills really are amazing. There is a whole large area with rather interesting geology and lots of mammal fossils in central to eastern Oregon. Apparently when ever it rains scientists go out looking for newly exposed fossils to rescue.

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Post by alice44 » July 3rd, 2012, 11:10 am

On the way home -- in a small patch of old growth forest.

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