Of all the critters that have visited my backyard so far, this little girl is my favourite. I do apologize to the robin, the chipmunk, the blue jay and all the rest of the cute animals that drop by.
“I still love all you guys but look at her...”
Isn’t this little one the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?
She wasn’t sure of me at first, but it didn’t take her long to feel safe, so she started heading down the tree and then...
...jumped onto the sunflower feeder. She may be little, but she already knows where the food stash is --- and already being a pest at the feeders. But cute enough to get away with it.
She ate from the feeder for the longest time and then decided to see what goodies are on the ground. I inched my way closer to capture more photos. She hid in the grass for a second or two, as if I couldn’t see her, and watched me carefully.
As soon as I stopped moving, she settled down to eat.
Once in awhile, she’d lift herself up and check me out, but for the most part she didn’t mind that I was nearby. She wasn’t willing to give up the grub that easily.
In most species of squirrel, the young are weaned at around six to ten weeks of age, and this young lady looks to be about that old. Or rather, that young.
Once she was on the ground, I sat on the grass with my camera in hand snapping away happily. She was okay with me there as long as I didn’t move suddenly and startle her.
Look at this sweet baby face. I want to kiss the tip of her nose!
Baby animals are so darn adorable, aren’t they?