As of today have managed to locate a site with an unbelievable quantity of nature photos,courtesy of Dreamtime.
The Bugles below are Dreamtime images as are the Reds below,now must hunt for a Grey.
Found a shot of the Grey,below.
Was on walkabout yesterday on the Blue track and decided to rest the feet and sit awhile and see what arose.In no time heard a rustle and turned my head slowly so as not to disturb whatever was about.Across from me,two to three metres away was a young Grey Squirrel on the trunk of an Oak.He was full of energy,nervous energy or so it seemed as he relished getting his grip on the bark and moved in little jumps on or about the same place.He kept his eyes on me all the time before going up the trunk and becoming airborne through the canopy above.
No photo,I'm afraid...must learn how to poach photos from relevant sites....everything comes to him who waits!
We have the two types of squirrel living in the woods at the Rock:- the Red and the Grey.The first is considered the one that is 'natural' to Ireland,whereas the Grey is considered a blow-in!
The original pair came as a wedding gift in the late nineteenth century and were well gone - as in departed - by the end of the wedding - they eloped.
They have been celebrating their freedom ever since,multiplying at an alarming rate - alarming to the Red,that is.
The story goes that the Grey has the edge on the Red in the food department in that the Grey can eat the unripe nuts and cones while the Red must wait till nuts and cones are mature to be able to digest them - meaning the Grey must have a right cement -mixer of a stomach and the Red an empty one.
Ok,yes the above outburst is all because on my rounds today I saw one of each among the trees,the Red being the first such I've seen this year at the Rock.
Accidentally stood on a Shrew today,the third I've seen in the last few days.
The Bugle has made it's appearance on both the Green walk and also on the Blue - keep an eye out for it - has the most gorgeous purple/violet colour.Will post a photo asap!
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