Backyard Squirrels in Winter


Squirrels become habituated to bird feeders in winter, to the point of becoming a nuisance. Gray Squirrels will travel considerable distances from their preferred woodland habitat of mature deciduous trees to eat bird seed. Red Squirrels have a smaller home range, but can dominate feeders too, especially if their habitat of choice is present in the landscape – mature coniferous trees such as Norway Spruce.


Red Squirrel in its escape tunnel in deep snow near a bird feeder


Red Squirrel feasting on bird seed


Red Squirrel raiding the suet in a wire mesh woodpecker feeder


One of a dozen Gray Squirrels visiting 2 backyard bird feeders


Gray Squirrel digging through snow for bird seed

Photos by NB Hunter. © All Rights Reserved.

11 thoughts on “Backyard Squirrels in Winter

  1. Love this post and pics! I just published a post that includes links to this post and your ABOUT page, and a personal thank you. I didn’t include photos, out of respect for your copyright. Let me know if you want me to change things in any way.

    • Great! Not real active at the moment due to abnormally cold and snowy weather. Published that post to maintain my sanity, not expecting to generate much interest with it because it’s such a common scene around here. Glad you enjoyed it, and many thanks for the visit and links. I have many shots of red squirrels through the seasons and will feature them again sometime this spring or summer.

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