|Notch-o on my roof|
A while back I thought it would be a fun challenge to see how many wild animals I could touch. It becomes pretty obvious pretty quick that the easiest way to win an animal over is through its stomach, whether it's downy woodpeckers, woodchucks, beavers, or chickadees. So in the spirit of feeding wild animals and in order to get a better handle on the rascally little squirrels I set up a feeder in the middle of my yard. This way I can see them out in the open and watch them long enough to start to discern unique features that will allow me to recognize each individual (gender, size, coloration, scars, tail length, etc.). Next step will be to name them.
FIELD GUIDE TO THE SQUIRRELS OF 56 LATHAM CT:
1. Squirrel has one ear: Captain Death
1b. Squirrel has two ears
2a. Has large cyst (or whatever it is) on left side: Lumplestiltskin
2b. Does not have cyst on left side
3a. Both ears notched: Notch-o
3b. Both ears not notched
4a. One ear notched (has scraggly tufts on back): Tufts
4b. No notches in ear: Youngyun
|Youngyun with a walnut I set out for her|
|Youngyun with feet extended backwards (grays can rotate rear feet 180o)|
Other notes: I've noticed that their mouths all seem to be a bit darker these days, probably from the non-stop chewing of walnut husk. My hands are stained for a couple of weeks after handling walnuts, and I imagine it sticks just as well to fur as to skin.