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Default Squirrel sighting, a bit unusual

Ive lived in my house for almost 30 yrs.
I saw one squirrel one time, until yesterday.
The first sighting the thing was running like lightening across the fence rail, like a bat outta hell. Even all the kids in the neighborhood were yelling " Its a squirrel!!"
lol. I saw it, and it was a gray blur.


Well yesterday, I was talking with my sister on the phone. I see the next door neighbors tree with some sort of activity in it. Thinking it was crows (they love that tree, and roost in it at night) I look up. I keep watching thinking it was birds or crows.....and poof. I see a redish color up there.
Im wondering what the hell is that? Finally see the tail. A freaking red squirrel. Ive not ever seen one like that here.
We have squirrels. But not in my neighborhood.

I wish I got a photo.
Just unusual for me to see that here. Wonder if that is what has been sending my dog out at all hrs of the night? Could be. Gray squirrels are not rare at all here in my city, or surrounding areas. But Ive never seen a red one.
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It may be the wildfires displacing animals. The animals run from the fires - if they're lucky enough to survive the run and the fire, then they need a new home. You may start seeing more "wild" animals around.
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Thats what I was thinking as well, Ginger. Its just sorta cool to see something you dont see everyday.
Well with the winds we are having there wont be as many leaves in the tree. (they all are in my back yard.....grrrrr) So maybe if that squirrel takes up residence there he will be easier to spot.
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Wait til you see a black squirrel. I live in NYC and the first time I saw one I thought it was a giant rat.
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Ive seen photos of them. Dont think I'd want to see one in real life tho.....
I HATE rats. At least squirrel's have a cute tail. haha.


Ive tried to spot it again, but no luck. We had big winds here yesterday so that might be the problem, or he's just moved on. Still cool to me tho. Unless he takes up residence. A traveling squirrel is ok by me....lol
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Wait til you see a black squirrel. I live in NYC and the first time I saw one I thought it was a giant rat.
I'm from Southern Louisiana originally. We have giant rats. They are called Nutrias.
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**We have giant rats. They are called Nutrias.***
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. God no.


if Im not mistaken are they not from south america? I think Ive read we also have them in CA but in central area.....just no. no no no.


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https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conserva...Species/Nutria
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We have nutria here in Oregon. Most folks here think they look like Beavers with mutated tails.

True fact: Nutria eat mostly roots and tubers. You can "feed the nutria" carrots. However, Nutria have very poor vision, like moles do, so all they see is light and shadow. I thought it would be fun to feed the nutria. It was not. Being surrounded by Beaver-sized rodents who are trying to crawl up your legs because they can smell the carrots is an experience I'd rather not repeat.
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I just looked up nutrias. They're adorable!!! I would toss food at them to keep my distance.

I was in London many years ago (I want to say circa 2002 -- scary that post-2000 is now in my head as "many years ago"!) and we went to the observatory in Greenwich. The squirrels there were especially friendly and would take food out of your hand. I fed one an orange tic tac and it ran away after.
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I just looked up nutrias. They're adorable!!! I would toss food at them to keep my distance.
They are a nuisance and are actively destroying a lot of the Louisiana wetlands.

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They are a nuisance and are actively destroying a lot of the Louisiana wetlands.

https://www.nutria.com/site10.php
That's too bad. I have hand plenty of experience with invasive species. Not a fun time.
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Yup, 4Bobby - same in Oregon. Most people don't think of Oregon as marshland, but we do have a lot of wetlands - thus why we're called the Beaver State. They're also displacing the Beavers.
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Flying squirrels are mostly nocturnal. They are fun and drive dogs absolutely nuts.

I live in the mountains and feed everything. Birds, bears, turkey, possums, squirrels, annoying field mice who would rather live in my house, owls, deer, whatever. I have some apple trees for those who like apples, lots of berry bushes, and a variety of other growing things that help feed the critters. All bread and fruit and veg that is getting a little too stale for me gets chucked off the balcony into the woods where first come, first eat. Rescue dog comes with a half a bag of food that we are not going to use? It gets spread in the far field.

I have moved my wood pile. It was up against the house, right outside the bathroom window. The turkey liked climbing up and looking in. Nothing like trying to take a dump and looking out the window to find a bunch of voyeur turkey staring back at you....
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I have moved my wood pile. It was up against the house, right outside the bathroom window. The turkey liked climbing up and looking in. Nothing like trying to take a dump and looking out the window to find a bunch of voyeur turkey staring back at you....
I despise turkeys. I got chased by one in Salt Lake City several years ago on a city street. They are evil creatures (as are geese) and I look forward to Thanksgiving every year.
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Not a wild turkey fan either. They are ALL OVER the place here. In the suburbs, city, everywhere.
Makes taking walks a bit nerve wracking.
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Not a wild turkey fan either. They are ALL OVER the place here. In the suburbs, city, everywhere.
Makes taking walks a bit nerve wracking.
Oh I love Wild Turkey!



It's not my favorite but it's pretty good
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