Squirrels are pests, pure and simple, active and eating whatever they can. We try to protect our fruits and vegetables from them, but they usually win. Two sets of squirrels live in our yard: black squirrels in the coast live oak (quercus agrifolia) in the back yard, and grey squirrels in the front oak trees.
The past few days we noticed a tiny black squirrel eating on the ground, burying its head in the mulch and keeping it down. Most squirrels grab food and scamper to the safety of a rock or fence top to enjoy their booty. At least, that’s the behavior of squirrels that live to maturity.
Yesterday, we noticed two small squirrels on the ground at the same time. Here they’re huddled among giant chain ferns (woodwardia fimbriata) under an oak tree. To provide a sense of scale, the leaves of the coast live oak are 2-7 cm long. With the drought, leaf fall is heavier than normal, and most leaves are at the small end. The oaks and ferns are California native plants.
One of the squirrels scampered out. The babies are cute, even if they are pests.
I used a 100-400 mm lens at 400 mm on a crop-frame camera, in order to give them some space.