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.

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