A wildlife diary of the western Isle Of Wight's beautiful countryside!
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Red Squirrel foraging
Still no Water Voles first thing - only Water Rails squealing and a Common Snipe grating as it flew overhead.
It was still early, gloomy & raining when I checked 'Squirrel Copse'. 2 Red Squirrels were out and about, including 'Red' who was foraging in the leaf-litter. This is an extended bit of video footage to show the foraging and feeding behaviour. Red Squirrels must spend a lot of energy in the Autumn 'scatter-caching' their food. Their hoards are widespread and small, usually containing only a few acorns in each.