One of most fun aspects of the animals in the backyard, which I have posted more photographs of in recent months, are the brown squirrels. There is one female squirrel in particular that knows I provide whole shelled peanuts every so often. If this one squirrel sees me outside or pop my head out the backyard slider, she will stand up on her hind legs and put her front paws on her chest like you see here. A bit like prairie dogs popping their head up when on alert. She will stand up locate me, move a little closer, stand up, and continue until she is a foot away or less. Sometimes she will use the rocks in the garden for an extra boost, still with her paws on her chest.
In this specific photograph, she understands the slider glass is closed, and is staring at my pup who is none to happy the little squirrel intruder is literally less than a foot away. At one point, the squirrel puts one of her paws against the glass, resulting in further growls from my pup.
Back to the ruling queen squirrel here. Last spring one of the squirrels took over one of the unused birdhouses in the yard and established a nest to give birth. It was probably this little gal. She had diligently gnawed foot-long sections of branches and leaves from the tree over her nest and comically struggle to get it all into the birdhouse through the small entrance. A repeated square peg in a round hole exercise unless she brought the branch and leaves in lengthwise. It all paid off as there is now a newer member of the squirrel family in the neighborhood.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO320, 185mm, f/5.6, 1/100 sec
Cameron Park (CA), Polite Squirrel, Brick Background. Cameron Park, CA. February 03, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.