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Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 2:01 pm
by Ironwood
I was watching this squirrel one afternoon. I could see he was working on something real serious like. Turned out to be a green Sweetgum ball. I've never seen that before. I was just wondering if anyone else has observed a squirrel working on a sweetgum ball?

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Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 3:11 pm
by jbullard1
I was beginning to get concerned about you Gene Good to see you still posting
Jerry

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:12 pm
by jv
That's neat

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 4:20 pm
by quigleysharps4570
Haven't seen the reds around here do that.

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 6:41 pm
by Ironwood
Thank you Jerry. I haven't been very active lately. Hope to be doing some posting in the future. Getting old is a real pain sometimes! :lol:

Thank you Turkeyjv

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 8:31 pm
by Todd Macko
Pretty sure he's just using it as a toothpick!

;)

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 13, 2010 10:30 pm
by FireCloud
Never seen one eating a sweetgum ball myself. Are there any acorns available? The squirrels here never eat anything but acorns 24/7 simply because I have so many.

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 6:38 am
by Ironwood
Todd, I didn't think about that! :thumbsup:

FireCloud, Yes, in season, the squirrels have lots of acorns. I'm sure you understand tree squirrels have a varied diet, consisting of nuts, seeds, fruits, fungi, insects, and green vegetation along with other things. Not to mention, black oil sunflower seeds from my bird feeders. :)

Looks like my oak trees will have a good crop of acorns this year as usual. The acorns are starting to fill out nicely.

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Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 7:18 am
by quigleysharps4570
Curious as to what camera you use Ironwood? Sure takes good pics. :thumbsup:

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:42 am
by Ironwood
Hi Quigley, The camera I use most of the time now days is an Olympus E-410 DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. I've had the camera for a couple of years or so. It's not the latest by any means. I have a couple of lens for the camera. One lens goes from wide angle to slight tele. The other lens goes from about a standard lens opening to about 10X telephoto. The DSLR cameras are much like the film 35MM SLRs. However the DSLRs have lots more features.

I've been doing photography for about 60 years so I've accumulated a few cameras over the years. Here's a photo of the E-410. I took the photo with another digital camera. My little Cannon S3IS. I think the squirrel photo was taken with the S3IS and the acorns were taken with the E-410.

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Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 8:19 pm
by FireCloud
The squirrels here just eat acorns!

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Sat Aug 14, 2010 10:02 pm
by STILLHUNTER
I seen a big ole grey eatin a pear out from under my moms and dads pear tree the othere day, He sure was tearin that thing up!!!! :pop:

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 6:52 am
by Ironwood
Stillhunter, We toss out the bread ends, and toast that isn't eaten at breakfast, for the birds. If I can find it I have a photo of a squirrel sitting on a post with a whole slice of toast. :lol:

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:21 pm
by Honey Bee
Great pics Ironwood my father has sweetgum trees and the squirrels stay in them

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 1:36 pm
by Ironwood
Thank you Honey Bee. Glad you enjoyed the photos. I've seen Chickadees and Gold Finches getting the seeds out of the sweetgum balls in the winter. That was the first time I'd ever seen a squirrel working on a green one.

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:40 am
by merrillcd_mem
I saw one a month ago running across the backyard with a small green tomato in it's mouth. The tomato was twice the size of it's head. The next day I went to pick up all of the branches on the ground before I mowed. I found 3 half eaten maters.. They also destroyed half dozen sun-flower plants in one weekend.

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 7:23 am
by FC
One of my favorite spots to wear squirrels out is around cypress trees. I usually have to wait for them to desend from the treetops where they're eating cypress balls thou ...

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:04 am
by Ironwood
FC, I have a huge Cypress tree in my back yard. That tree has never had any cones. Got any idea why it hasn't made some.

Merrill, It's sure hard to keep squirrels off of sunflowers. I feed black oil sunflower seeds most of the year and sometimes I get some volunteer sunflowers. Here's one that made it most of the way to maturity.

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Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:33 am
by FC
I have no idea why it wouldn't Ironwood unless it's a male/female type thing. Couldn't be age related since yours is huge and I've seen other much younger trees growing nowhere near water put balls on

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:40 am
by Ironwood
Thanks for the reply FC. I might have to do a little research.

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 5:07 am
by terry08
Ironwood, I started out many years ago with an Olympus OM-1, then purchased an OM-10, from there I got the OM-2N, next was the OM-3Ti. Now I am looking at the E450. Wonder how long it will be before it becomes obsolete. :lol:

Re: Squirrel with a Sweetgum ball

PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2010 12:34 pm
by Ironwood
Terry, Sorry but the E450 is already obsolete. :( Olympus came out with the E600 August 30, 2009. It's a doozie too! I wonder how grainy the ISO 3200 will be. Sure would solve a lot of those early in the morning and late in the evening shots. That is if there is only a little graininess.

Just think, when I got my first 35MM, Kodak's Kodacolor print film was only ASA 25! Ektachrome slide film had and ASA of 85. Kodak's TriX black and white film, one of the fastest films at the time, was only ASA 400. :lol:

Here are the specs on the E600.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/O ... y_e600.asp