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Old Apr 11, 2010, 6:11 PM   #1
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Fox Squirrels are not native to California and they have been here for some time, but this is the first time we have had one in our yard. It has become a regular visitor and we have noticed that there seems to be something odd about this one, in that it doesn't use its paws to hold its seeds - it first picks one up in its mouth, then places it between its wrists for shelling. I don't know if this is normal for seeds of this size, or if it has a problem - I did manage to get a shot of a seed in this position and one of its nails which look overgrown, but it has no trouble scampering up and down trees.

Hand held , Sony A550 with Minolta AF Reflex 500mm, 1/80 sec, f8, ISO 1600, under heavily overcast skies - rather surprised they came out as well as they did (some pp needed in PSE6), as I have not shot at this high an ISO before.

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These two pictures of a California Ground Squirrel I posted in another thread last year show how one expects the "hands" to be used:

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Old Apr 12, 2010, 6:19 AM   #2
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Our Fox Squirrels never come to the feeder, but I will keep an eye on the ones I notice in the woods, to see if this is normal behavior for them. Have not really paid attention...
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Interesting observation, Pen. I don't know if this shot will help any, it was taken in 08 with a cheep lens and in jpeg so, the IQ is pretty poor. I've seen them use there paws both ways, I'll see if I can find any better photos.


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Old Apr 15, 2010, 11:57 AM   #4
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Thanks, GW - the photo is good enough to tell that it is obviously a normal handling behavior - the seeds are probably just too small to grasp with the "fingers."

Mole, our Fox squirrels are not common at feeders either, which probably is why I haven't observed this before.

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Great series.
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Great series.
Thanks for looking and commenting. It was good to get an answer - GW really came through with the goods!
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