American chipmunk’s corn cob food, video

This video from the USA says about itself:

29 September 2016

Chipmunk shucks an entire ear of dried corn in record time and stores it away for cold winter days. That is not an easy task when the corn cob is bigger than you are! Admirable little rodents with an impressive work ethic and survival skills.

Red squirrel youngster eats corn cob

This video from the USA says about itself:

Cute Red Squirrel Kitten Eating Corn Cob

25 September 2016

Red Squirrel youngsters have left the nest box – always a blast as they explore their new world. This one tries tackling a hard ear of dried corn – it could use some lessons in technique from the chipmunks. While the Chipmunks are adept at rapidly cleaning an ear of corn and putting it into storage – Squirrels tend to try and eat it on the spot, usually just the soft interior.

Beaver in Dutch Friesland video

This 17 September 2016 video shows a beaver in IJlst town in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Young red squirrels in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

14 September 2016

Three baby Red Squirrel “kittens” are ready to leave the nest box in the Great Smoky Mountains. I’m the first human they’ve ever seen. It’s been a bumper year for squirrels here and in Florida and a little bit earlier than years past, typically they are not leaving the nest until mid-October. This nest box while built for screech owls is really a squirrel nest box for breeding and winter shelter.

Gray squirrels in nestbox, videos

This video from the USA says about itself:

Gray Squirrel Nursery – Life In Bird Boxes

9 September 2016

Squirrels have moved into bird nest boxes to raise their young in late summer. This actually works out OK since the birds won’t use them again until from late winter through early summer when the squirrels are not using them. A tree has grown too close to the Screech Owl nest box so once the young squirrels leave I’ll trim the branches. The flycatcher nest box I’ll move to a safer location after the squirrels are done with it. Squirrels deliver their young very early then care for them in nests for over two months as they slowly grow. It’s kind of relaxing to see the mother squirrels hanging out of the nest box.

This video from the USA says about itself:

9 September 2016

Restless Gray Squirrel Kittens (obvious baby boys) enjoying their last few days in the Screech Owl nest box. Their eyes are open and they are growing fast since there are only two instead of 4 or 5 kittens. Mother will have to move them soon because she can only get to the owl nest box by jumping from an overgrown branch to the roof of the building where the box is – if the boys get much bigger she won’t be able to make that long jump holding them in her mouth. After she moves them out I’ll cut back the tree branches and the box will be ready for the Screech Owls in December.

Gray squirrel babies open their eyes for first time

This video from the USA says about itself:

7 September 2016

Its Gray Squirrel Nesting season for 2016 in Florida – Three hours of squirrel kitten watching. One mother squirrel has two kits in the screech owl nest box in this video and another has very small kits in a flycatcher nest box in which I don’t have a camera. The birds are not using the nest boxes right now so this will work out OK – I’ll have the nest boxes secure by December for bird nesting season. These squirrel kittens just opened their eyes for the first time today.

Chipmunk calls in the USA

This video from the USA says about itself:

29 August 2016

Cluck – Cluck or Knock – Knock on wood sounds echoing loudly through the forests and mountains – these incredible sounds are made by [Eastern] Chipmunks and seeing is believing! After three years of documenting these loud sounds that carry for 100’s of yards through the forest and suspecting they were from Chipmunks, but not knowing how they could be so loud I’ve finally caught the little ones in the act. They put a lot of effort into these calls with full body involvement.

This loud calling typically starts in late summer – here in the Great Smoky Mountains it was August 29th. These calls have absolutely nothing to do with a warning call after seeing predators such as hawks as some scientists have concluded in limited studies mostly in the northeast, but likely have everything to do with Chipmunk communication, perhaps territory. These sounds will echo through the forest sometimes for hours with several joining in especially in October. Because Chipmunks are so small and the forest so vast it is very hard to actually find the source of these loud wood-knocking noises, but today I got lucky with one sitting on a pile of rocks at the forest edge – the Chipmunk seemed to enter an almost trance-like state for a few minutes.