The animals along the boardwalk in Summerside, Prince Edward Island are very tame, especially the squirrels. If you happen to walk by their habitat when they are hungry,
they will take food from your hand.
Early walkers feed them so by midmorning, they are not too interested in food offerings. One morning last week, ten squirrels were very busy around the boardwalk but not interested in peanuts. Later in the day, they were hungry again, eager to take peanuts back to their nests.
Their breeding season is in February and March, so soon a new generation of the rodents will join life along the boardwalk. Meanwhile, we, the ardent squirrel enthusiasts, marvel at their squirrelly antics as they climb the trees,
grab for peanuts, chatter and play or argue with each other.
The claws are of particular interest due to their length and sharpness; they enable the sure-footedness for tree climbing. The toes, like fingers, curl around any food item, holding it in position to facilitate consumption.
These red squirrels have glorious bushy tails
and beautiful red colouring down the centre of their backs and tails.
The colouring on the tail is unique in its design around the perimeter.
Along the boardwalk, it is difficult to see their backs; most of the time they are eating, clutching the food, sat on their haunches.
Their squirrelly movement makes them difficult to photograph otherwise.
We look forward to the arrival of the young to the neighbourhood as they learn about the two legged animals who leave food for them.