Foxy Foxy

Who doesn't love a redtail?

Who doesn’t love a redtail?

I admit to being terrible at recognizing faces.  One of my sisters, someone I know from work, even the President of the United States could walk by me on the street and I’d be completely sqturday squirrel logooblivious to them.  Unfortunately, the same weakness applies to trying to get to know my local squirrels.  I know there is one with tinges of brownish fur down its back and tail, the rest just look like a bunch of identical grey squirrels to me.

However, just this past week there’s been a new squirrel on the block that has been making his (or hers for all I know) presence known… and there is no way in hell I will ever confuse this squirrel with any of the others.  That’s him up above there… a picture I took just yesterday from my brand new and much improved camera I got for Christmas.  He is definitely a young squirrel, most likely born sometime this past year, and from my observations, he’s still getting pushed around by the other bigger squirrels at the feeding tree.  But no doubt, they are all just jealous of that tail….. look at it!!!

Have all the bullies gone away yet?

Have all the bullies gone away yet?

That tail is unmistakably unique among my neighborhood squirrels… it is bright orange!  He is so cute, and because of the flamboyant orange color, I have taken to calling him Foxy.  Here is a picture I took of him on Christmas morning with the old camera sitting in one of the trees next door…

What, you've never seen a grey squirrel with an orange tail before, buddy?

What, you’ve never seen a grey squirrel with an orange tail before, buddy?

I do hope this guy’s blaze orange tail that makes him so pretty doesn’t end up coming back to haunt him by limiting his ability to camouflage himself from predators.  At least right now, his tail is the same color as the few straggling leaves left in the trees.  Here is a picture of him that shows off just how bright Foxy’s tail color really is…

No, I'm not dying my fur... why do you ask?

No, I’m not dying my fur… why do you ask?

And it’s always possible that because he is still young, Foxy might end up growing out of his beautiful orange tail as he enters squirrel adulthood next year.  I kinda hope that doesn’t happen, because I look forward to seeing Foxy and his magnificent technicolor wagger for years to come when I take a break to watch my squirrels.  Here’s the first of what I hope will be many appearances for Foxy as The Nest’s featured Saturday Squirrel!

I need to get an agent...

I need to get an agent…

About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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27 Responses to Foxy Foxy

  1. merbear74 says:

    He is adorable. Nice shots of him.

  2. Bethany Karn says:

    oh, Foxy! you are bee-you-tee-ful. and delishous too, I’ll bet.

  3. Twindaddy says:

    That is a pretty cool looking tail.

  4. Lynda says:

    That baby is beautiful, sure enough!

  5. Mental Mama says:

    He’s a cutie. Apparently I’ve been spending too much time out on the back porch smoking while on break – yesterday one of ours got up on the porch with me and took a nice long drink out of the heated bird bath. I wanted to get a pic for you but I was afraid if I got my phone out of my pocket that he’d take off.

    • You’ve got to be really stealthy to not scare them off when taking their picture. Mine usually start scurrying when they hear me opening up the window… and trying to get a picture while standing in the yard with them is nearly impossible… especially since my yard is covered with crunchy oak tree leaves…

  6. Awwwwww. What a beautiful little guy. I’ll have to start watching for any red tails in my neck of the woods. I love their sweet little faces.

  7. Christie1111 says:

    I really suck at recognizing peoples faces. I wonder if there is a name for that. I won’t ask on the Bored because ‘people’ will just Google it. That is a very interesting squirrel. Love the tail color!

  8. Aw, Foxy is adorable! Nothin’ cuter in the world, in my opinion, than a little squirrel.

  9. Oh he is so sweeet and I am so glad Santa got you a nice new camera! 🙂

    • I am too! Usually Santa wastes his money buying me gifts I never use… but this gift will definitely be put to good use and benefit not only me, but everyone who loves seeing my humble photos!

  10. youngatfifty says:

    He is such a little cutie . I think so too, he is a toddler and his tail colour should fade off to tan as he grows. I love your pics and admire your photographic skills ..its not easy capturing these slippery guys.

    • I’ve missed many more great photo ops than I’ve actually captured due to how quickly squirrels can alter course and scamper away. This camera takes pictures quicker than my old one did, so hopefully not as many great shots will be lost!

      Even if Foxy’s tail faded to tan, that would still set him apart from the rest! I just don’t want it to go grey like the rest of the gang…

  11. gpcox says:

    Great shots of a unique crittter. I’ve always gotten the biggest kick out of the ones here at my house!

    • They are fun to watch… and I never really appreciated that until I moved someplace where they were plentiful! Squirrels were few and far between in my old neighborhood, which had few trees and was overrun by stray cats…

  12. Trisha says:

    I’ve never seen a tail that color, at least not a squirrel! Foxy is the perfect name. Makes me wonder if the squirrels in your area have a thing for cross species breeding. First, a squirrelfox and now a squirrelcoon! Hopefully, they go for a cat or dog next so they start becoming more tame. 🙂

  13. reocochran says:

    I like this gray squirrel with orange tail! He does need an “agent.” 🏺 🍊🥕

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