Red Squirrels in Autumn

red squirrel eating a nut

Being back on the Scottish mainland recently gave me the opportunity to find and photograph red squirrels. This time of the year they are busy finding and storing food which combined with the lack of leaves on the trees makes them easier to observe.

Five Facts about red squirrels

  1. Red squirrels are native to Europe and parts of Asia, but can also be found in North America.
  2. They are smaller than their grey squirrel counterparts, with reddish-brown fur and tufted ears.
  3. Red squirrels are known for their agility and acrobatic abilities, able to leap up to 20 feet between trees.
  4. They are primarily herbivores, feeding on nuts, seeds, and fruits, but will also eat insects and small animals.
  5. Red squirrels are threatened by habitat loss and competition with grey squirrels, which can carry a virus called squirrel pox which deadly to red squirrels.