Black Beauty


Once you go black, you never go back.

This week’s Saturday Squirrel comes to us from longtime Nest follower Jennifer at the blog Jenn’s Midlife Crisis.  Jenn is an avid photographer who often shows off her work on her blog, and she was kind enough to get some sqturday squirrel logopictures of one of the awesome ebony sciurines in her neighborhood just for The Nest!  Above is my favorite picture from the set she sent for me to use on my much-beloved Saturday feature… and that dark furred little guy is just too cute sitting there eating his nut!  I have never seen a black squirrel in person before, which is a shame since they are such beautiful creatures!

Black squirrels are actually a genetic subset of the common grey squirrels you see on my blog all the time.  They are most commonly found in the northern U.S. and especially in Canada, where Jenn lives.  I’ve only featured a black squirrel once before, which one of my co-workers took a photo of on a trip to Canada and which inspired one of the few paintings I have done.


I don’t have to pose in the nude, do I? (This photo also taken by Jenn)

Thank you so much Jennifer for allowing me to feature these blacked furred cuties on an episode of Saturday Squirrel!  If you have a camera and know of a squirrel who needs a little SS exposure, feel free to send your photos to me, and both your squirrel and your blog will get a Saturday shoutout!

Have a great October weekend, and smile if a black squirrel crosses your path this Halloween!


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

  1. fanrosa says:

    Dang it all! Tuesday I saw a black squirrel eating McDonald’s fries (don’t judge!) in the parking lot across the street from my mom’s doctor. “Ha!”, says I, “that will be a good one for the Nest!” I was ready to go over and try to get a picture, but a car came down the street and he ran under a (parked) truck.

    For some reason, my mom didn’t understand why I wanted to wait around until a black squirrel came out from under a truck with his fries and made me leave….

  2. markbialczak says:

    In Syracuse, the black squirrels and greys both abound now, Bill. I see more and more of the black variety each year, it seems. Anecdotal. They seem to segregate themselves, black and grey playing in separate spots as I walk the blocks with Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle. I wonder if they don’t get along, or what? I leave the study on this to you, my friend.

  3. Aww ES! How gorgeous is this little dude? I did not even know black squirrels existed… but now I’m intrigued! Absolutely beautiful – thank you for educating and for sharing! 🙂 Love it… Mother Hen

    • Besides grey, red, and black… there are also very rare white squirrels who are largely confined to manmade colonies and used as tourist attractions (Like the nearby Olney, Illinois). Then there are the vividly colored and magnificent squirrels of Eastern Europe and Asia… like cats, squirrels come in so many pretty colors!

  4. Mental Mama says:

    We have those little fellas here in my neighborhood, but every time I see one close enough I don’t have a camera with me. Great pics!

  5. NotAPunkRocker says:

    Oh, how pretty! 🙂

  6. Great shots. Remind me of little tree-climbing skunkettes 🙂 All they need a white stripe, then all the other tree critters will fear them! Cuties.

  7. Thank you SO much! I’m honoured that you shared my backyard squirrels (and that you called me a photographer !) My yard is ruled by the squirrels this time of year – black, gray and red – and they all seem to get along, especially when they’re taunting me. Squirrels rule! 😉

  8. youngatfifty says:

    never knew they existed, cuties yes !

  9. draliman says:

    What a handsome fellow he is!
    I like your banner.

  10. gentlestitches says:

    Love the jet squirrel. It is comic heaven here at the moment. Shane and I went into town and celebrated by going to our best comic shop. (Minotaur) We have Hellboy, Dead pool, Walking Dead, Naruto and Uncle Scrooge.
    Your new banner is wonderful and you are guaranteed I noticed it all. Hellboy quotes Poe so we got some of his stuff too. Your Rainbow D Looks great with his rainbow trail. Looks like possum again for tea on Dinkum Island. 😀

    • Ha! Good old Uncle Scrooge! Good to see he’s still around in the comic shops!

      Thank you for noticing the new banner! You can practically smell the boiled possum as soon as my blog loads now! 🙂

  11. Ally Bean says:

    We had a black squirrel behind our house for a few weeks last Spring. I thought that he was so cool, but he moved on. I figured that when all the drab gray squirrels stared at him, he felt uncomfortable around here. You know how judgmental suburban squirrels can be.

  12. gpcox says:

    I have never seen a black squirrel. I wonder if we even have any in Florida?

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