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#21 Wolford6

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:42 PM

I have lived in my house for twenty years and for most of them had a pair of woodpigeons / their decendants nest and breed a single chick in a cherry tree in my front garden. During this time, I never saw a squirrel.

For the pastthree years we've got at least one squirrel in the trees on the street and the pieons stll come to the tree but are unwilling to build a nest.

Unfortunately, my next-door neighbour's wife is a tree-hugger, so I can't get my mate to shoot the squirrel (or the pesky crows and magpies that kill all the little birds on the street).

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#22 Severus

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

Lots of grey squirrels in the woods behind my house. The cats are becoming partial to a bit of squirrel :D
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#23 gingerjon

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:57 PM

So are the red ones less of a nuisance or is just that people think they look nicer?

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#24 Griff9of13

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 04:11 PM

Less of a nuisance. But that is probably because they are rarer, smaller and shyer.
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#25 JohnM

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:06 PM

not black then?

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#26 longboard

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:28 PM

Less of a nuisance. But that is probably because they are rarer, smaller and shyer.


And less adapted to urban and suburban settings.

#27 Red Willow

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

They don't like chilli powder but it has no affect on birds. Put it on the bird food sit back and enjoy. We feed most of the birds in cages to stop squirrels.

#28 Severus

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:35 PM

not black then?

Saw a black squirrel in Letchworth, not that uncommon there.
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#29 Marauder

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing what squirrel tasted like.

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#30 Blackbeard

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 06:47 PM

Saw a black squirrel in Letchworth, not that uncommon there.

Black and Red squirrels are believed to be the same..........Like Leopard and Black Panthers

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 03:13 PM

Red Squirrels have to be one of the most attractive species of animal on the planet. That they are being replaced by the grey variety has to be seen as a flaw in the process of evolution by natural selection!

At work the other week I was delivering in the area around Gleneagles. In one 'street' (often in the news for being one of the most expensive in Scotland) the place was overrun with red squirrels, the style of gardens - massive with mature trees and plenty of undergrowth - obviously being their type of habitat. Although early in the year, the exceptionally mild weather had turned them all a bit frisky. One male chased the object of his desire diagonally up a pine tree, that is until she did a nifty change of direction and the spiral pursuit continued downwards.

The problem I have with them is that they take incredible risks on the road. You'd think their endangered status would make them cautious, but no.


Pheasants don't seem to have much road sense, either and forget that they can fly. In my neck of the woods, moles are a constant problem in my garden, especially when venturing in the lawn. I once decided to dig a hole with a small fork to lay a trap but came up with a mole on the end.

#32 Old Frightful

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:09 PM

Worked at some bloke's house once. He had a nice ornate wooden bird table in his garden. We turned up one morning and his garden was covered with thousands of wooden splinters. Seems he'd spotted a grey squirrel on his bird table and got his shotgun out.

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:17 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing what squirrel tasted like.


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#34 Bleep1673

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:35 PM

There is an Albino Squirrel in the top of Alexandra Park in Hastings.
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#35 Bleep1673

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 04:38 PM

I wouldn't mind seeing what squirrel tasted like.


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It's not that you need to worry about, it's Hungarian "Beef", I just hope Hollands know where they are getting their meat from.

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#36 Padge

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:32 AM

When i lived at home in Leeds the grays used to eat the putty in the window frames much to my dads annoyance.
I think they actually know they look cute to a lot of people and trade on it. Was in the London parks at the weekend and everyone was feeding them despite the notices.
Simply tree rats in my opinion.


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#37 Old Frightful

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 12:52 AM

Someone here with flying squirrels in their garden.... B)

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#38 Padge

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 08:35 AM

Squirrels are rats with a better PR agent.

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#39 Blackbeard

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 11:19 AM

Someone here with flying squirrels in their garden.... B)

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