Very tame red Squirrel at Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve.
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Very distinctive animals. However, note the lack of ear tufts, they only have these in winter.
It's hard to say but it does look like the underside is not the bright white of an adult so this could be a juvenile, another reason why it has no tufts.
If they only have tufts in winter does that mean you could not be a member of the Tufty club in summer? I've never forgiven my parents for not letting me join as a kid!
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Thanks for the comments Graham.My wife thinks the ear tufts are exquisite, I must admit to not observing the lack of them in this squirrel.
We see quite a lot of them on the Undercliff of the IOW, although these images were taken in the middle of the island. Sadly we do see quite a few in our village that get run down, I have been supplying our local Red Squirrel expert Helen Butler with the corpses, she does autopsies on them. We also have rope bridges in some parts of the island.
I think I am too old to remember the Tufty Club!
David J Trevan
Your comment about being too old for the Tufty Club prompted me to look it up and guess what, it is still going! It started in 1961 and in the late 60s, early 70s had two million members (I wasn't one of them, sulk) and 25,000 local clubs!
It was superseded by the Green Cross Man (he was, of course, played by David Prouse who also played Darth Vader in the Star Wars films) in the 1970s but I for one don't find him as cuddly as a large red squirrel!
My comment to all young readers of this missive is pester your mums and dads to join the Tufty Club and stay safe on our roads.
David, it is a shame your red squirrels are not members, perhaps not so many of them would get knocked down!
I think I can hear the sirens of the asylum van outside I had better sign off and ....
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