For the first time since I started the feature in the Fall of 2012, my weekly Saturday Squirrel post coincides with the biggest sciurine holiday of them all, National Squirrel Appreciation Day! Celebrated every January 21st since 2001, it is a time for reflecting on the many positive qualities squirrels bring to our lives. It is a time to love the species rather than curse its existence. It is a time to celebrate the happiness and joy that we humans can get from these very special arboreal critters that can be found almost everywhere on earth!
The Nest will honor this most glorious occasion by recalling some of our favorite Saturday Squirrels from the past, so you can get to appreciate their beauty and humor one more time! And we may as well start with the squirrel who appears in every Saturday post because he was incorporated into my badge for the feature….
The Who Me? Squirrel!:
The Who Me? Squirrel was one of my first sciurine photo successes. I loved how he was looking directly at me with his left paw up to his chest. He is (I believe) the only real squirrel I ever worked into one of my comics…
This adorable young squirrel with the fiery red tail was frequently seen in my yard around New Years 2014. I thought I’d lost him when the unmistakably bright tail quit appearing, though I learned that these tail color variations are more a case of fur molting (See: Squirrelcoon) and Foxy undoubtedly grew in his normal grey tail to become indistinguishable from the other squirrels…
One of the first photos I took with the new camera I got for Christmas 2013… I may never take a more awe-inspiring squirrel photo than this one featuring a squirrel jumping from a rock onto the nearby tree trunk. I don’t know what setting my camera was on at the time, but whatever it was worked…
The Defender of the Realm:
Leaping Squirrel may be my best photo ever, but the Defender is far and away my favorite Saturday Squirrel post I ever wrote. You really have to read it for yourself to appreciate how magically I wove together reality (My outside air conditioning unit being stolen) with this adventurous little squirrel I took a lot of photos of playing with sticks in my yard in the ensuing days. It is sciurine storytelling at its best…
Is there anything cuter than a squirrel standing on his hind legs, belly facing you? No, there isn’t, is there…
OK, maybe a smiling squirrel holding a couple pieces of corn is cuter. He’s only happy because you appreciate him!
And then there is my favorite squirrel of all time… Wilson the park squirrel who I featured in a four part series last February. I got so many great pictures of him wrangling leaves from the abundance of piles around the park to build a very extravagant nest for himself in a nearby pine tree. That squirrel you see running in my new header with the mouthful of leaves…. that’s Wilson!
And of course there are others standout squirrel photos I should mention….
Big Mouth Squirrel:
And of course that can lead to………
However you choose to appreciate our fine, fuzzy friends with the bushy tails on their special day, please make it a good one! A remember… not just January 21st, not just Saturdays…. but EVERY DAY should be Squirrel Appreciation Day!
Have a great NSAD weekend everyone!!!