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Monday, December 10

An interlude

With gardening activities being somewhat curtailed at the moment I thought that I would post a short interlude between my gardening summary posts.

There is  a tenuous link with gardening in that relatives of the star of this post often appear in our garden but the particular star in question, which also featured on Martyn's blog on Sunday was on location at a nearby (well fairly nearby) National Trust property - Clumber Park.

The reason we ended up at Clumber Park was a story in itself. We had been in Lincolnshire and after lunch out I found myself in possession of half a bread bun that was surplus to requirements and so we decided to go and feed it to the swans and ducks as we would pass Clumber Park on our way home.

This done we decided to take advantage of the remaining light and have a bit of a wander. The area by the lake seemed to have more than its fair share of squirrels and as we came across one particular individual we decided to try our luck at a bit of photography (me) and filming (Martyn). 

We anticipated that as we started up our respective cameras that the squirrel would make a hasty retreat but as you will see from the photos below this wasn't the case. The squirrel was as interested in us as we were of it and came closer and closer. It seemed especially interested in Martyn's video camera and at one point almost climbed on top of it. Just in case you are wondering we weren't feeding iy but it seemed to be finding some sort of seeds on the path and for some reason found those nearest to us and the video camera to be the choicest ones.

The photos below are just a few of the ones that I took.



Martyn did have a little trouble filming due to the fact that the squirrel decided to come up just too close to the camera. I'm sure it was convinced that we had food for it. It eventually took to the bushes as some rather more rowdy visitors approached.



Copyright: Original post from Our Plot at Green Lane Allotments http://glallotments.blogspot.co.uk/ author by S Garrett

14 comments:

  1. I think squirrels are so cute, such inquisitive little things.

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    1. This one certainly was. I know they can cause damage and can be a pest but I can't find it in me to dislike them.

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  2. I've been photographing squirrels recently too, but I'm wishing I had a zoom lens, because the ones that visit my garden will not let me get close to them. They run a mile as soon as I appear - or even open a window.

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    1. The ones in our garden aren't as tame as this one. Even the people who work at Clumber Park were amazed at how it stayed with us for so long especially when we hadn't anything for it and it was happy to turn it's back to us.

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  3. Aww! How can you resist our furry and feathered friends?

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    1. Not me - I'm a sucker for fur and feathers as long as they are worn by the original owner.

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  4. You've managed some really good photos! I'm hoping Santa might bring me a better camera for Christmas.

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    1. Still don't know enough about how all the dials work, Kelli

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  5. Like others above, Sue, we see the greys in our garden too. I’ve been lucky to get some fairly close pics and video but ours are timid and run off easily. The ground footage of it walking towards the camera is brilliant. I like your photo of that too.

    Now… you might guess what I’d love, love, love to photograph in my garden a red squirrel… I’d probably knock my camera off its tripod rushing to get images ;-)

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    1. This one was the exception, Shirl. It just seemed so interested in us. Yes a red would be special - as I mentioned I was looking forward to one when we visited Loch Ness.

      A pine marten would be good too though except your birds wouldn't like that.

      There is a sort of red squirrel reserve in Formby Lancashire that we visited a while ago and is where we got the only photos and video of reds (so far).

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  6. I like squirrels, but seeing the grey ones always make me sad, I was a child when I last saw one of our own native red squirrels, which are far more dainty.

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    1. Me too, Janet for a red living close by but we saw lots in the park in Vichy - France that were just as inquisitive of the camera as this one. We also have seen them at Formby and once in Cumbria.

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  7. Such a friendly little critter. I know a lot of people complain about the grey squirrel but I find it totally unjust, after all it's not their fault they ended up on UK soil, that was down to us, yes it's sad pour natives aren't seen so much but it is the human population to blame, not the grey squirrel...they have just as much right to be as anyone else!!

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    1. I agree Tanya human have a lot to answer for when they meddle with nature. When it comes down to it I wonder how many of us a truly native species. I could have Viking stock (fair hair/blue eyes?

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