High-pitched scolding sounds the alarm as I approach: There’s a stranger in the forest.

Who are you? Friend? Foe?

As the threat level subsides the trilling chatter fades. But black eyes still watch as I squat down with my camera.

Moments later the guardian is off and stillness folds around me again.

Red squirrel   Tamiasciuris hudsonicus


2 thoughts on “Intruder

    1. Yup, they are all that. One year we had 12 that visited us daily, coming into the yard from various places in our woods. Quite a kafuffle. This summer we have just three siblings (born last year) who have taken ownership. Sadly they recently destroyed two robin nests. The birds, also long-term yard dwellers, weren’t able to fight them off.


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