Douglas's Squirrels

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Bill Anderson

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I am always glad to see a native Douglas's squirrel in our back yard. Two of them were (quite appropriately) in two of our backyard Douglas's firs Thursday (9-14-18).

Squirrel #1.

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Squirrel #2

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My and my neighbors backyard fences form a squirrel freeway to Pine Ridge Park, home to many of these small squirrels, which are native to the aera. The larger, more common squirrels are eastern grays, which are an introduced/invasive species.
 

Bill Anderson

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A pair of Douglas's squirrels has been in my backyard the past two days. Sunday morning (2-16-2020) I got some photos of them from inside my house. I was shooting through the sliding glass door and stairs of the second story back deck as any attempt to open the door and go out on the deck would have scared off the squirrels.

One was in one of my Douglas's firs, naturally.

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While the other one was hunting for spilled seeds beneath my bird feeders.

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The one on the ground was approached by a larger, eastern gray squirrel, an invasive species.

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The Doug squirrel, a native to the PNW, met the intruder head on.

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Bill Anderson

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After sending off the eastern gray, the Doug squirrel attempted to climb up to the seed feeders. I have never seen an eastern gray do this. The Doug squirrel scampered up the pole with no problem, only to be stopped by the squirrel guard.

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I would not mind the Doug squirrels visiting my seed feeders, but I don't want the eastern grays, as they would empty the feeders in one day.
 

Bill Anderson

Super Moderator
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Tuesday morning (3-24-20) the pair of Douglas' squirrels were in my backyard.

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The white stuff is not snow but old furniture stuffing that my son placed below the bird feeders for squirrels or birds that might want it for nesting material. Shooting through the sliding door and back deck.

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Sharing the seeds with a male varied thrush.

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BobH

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Very cool! I only have the Greys. The Douglas are nice looking, wish I had both here too. You’re certainly right about the Greys emptying a feeder fast. I wouldn’t mind if they just ate a bit, but they rake out all the seeds searching for peanuts or the perfect sunflower seed or, well, who knows what?
 

Bill Anderson

Super Moderator
Staff member
My court butts up to the north end of Pine Ridge Park, home to Douglas' squirrels and pileated woodpeckers. My and my neighbors' back yard fences line up to form a squirrel freeway which leads to the park. I suspect the Doug squirrels and pileated woodpeckers (see my thread in the Bird section) that visit my backyard come from there.
 

BobH

Administrator
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My court butts up to the north end of Pine Ridge Park, home to Douglas' squirrels and pileated woodpeckers. My and my neighbors' back yard fences line up to form a squirrel freeway which leads to the park. I suspect the Doug squirrels and pileated woodpeckers (see my thread in the Bird section) that visit my backyard come from there.
Nice! I have neither Douglas Squirrels or Pileated Woodpeckers. I just have the "generic" ones, Grey Squirrels and Northern Flickers. I still enjoy them though, and I also have a "squirrel freeway". It runs from a neighbor's tree to my bird feeder. The neighbor has an area of grass he intentionally lets get a bit taller, and you can see a well worn path through the grass.
 

Bill Anderson

Super Moderator
Staff member
Thievin' squirrel!

Thursday (4-2-2020) I caught this squirrel pilfering food from my suet feeder. I would not mind if it were a native Douglas' squirrel, but it is an invasive eastern gray. I will have to start stocking this feeder with the spicy suet, which is supposedly unappealing to rodents.

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Bill Anderson

Super Moderator
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The Douglas's squirrels returned to my backyard Saturday afternoon (4-4-2020) while I was out on the back deck visiting with my next door neighbors. The squirrels did not mind our presence, so I retrieved my camera and snapped some photos.

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Sunlight and closer distances without having to shoot through glass and deck rail supports enabled be to get better photos than previous days.

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The squirrel foraged alongside a male dark-eyed junco. The juncos have taken over my feeders this winter.

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If I feel OK and weather permitting, I may set up the 600mm telephoto tomorrow. I have not had many opportunities to use it since I purchased it last fall.
 
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