Backyard Squirrels in Winter

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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.

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

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Red Squirrel feasting on bird seed

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Red Squirrel raiding the suet in a wire mesh woodpecker feeder

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One of a dozen Gray Squirrels visiting 2 backyard bird feeders

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Gray Squirrel digging through snow for bird seed

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