January 21st. It’s not just for hugs, it’s also a squirrel day

The media seemed to pick up on it being National hug day, yet missed out on it also being Appreciate a Squirrel day.

I have to say, I struggle to appreciate grey squirrels. Agreed, they are determined characters and are very acrobatic.  They also however, cause havoc by ringbarking trees, gnaw their way into nestboxes to eat baby birds, sit in trees scolding everything with their gratingly irritating calls  – and of course, eat most of any food we leave out for the birds in the winter!  Anyway, I had a go at appreciating a squirrel today.  Closest I got was a recognition of respect for their cheekiness, their inquisitiveness and yes, their ability to scramble around in the tree tops.

Grey squirrel, with a few peanuts

Grey squirrel, with a few peanuts

Fortunately, I get to see the Brownsea Island red squirrels on a pretty regular basis – and they are far easier to appreciate.  Dainty, lovely colour with huge ear tufts, and determined to hang on despite the threat of the greys just across the water – what’s not to appreciate?

Red squirrel, with chestnut.  Red squirrel wins!

Red squirrel, with chestnut. Red squirrel wins!

So, I was able to appreciate a squirrel today, even if I didn’t get to hug one.

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