Was sitting looking out my front window, one morning, when I spotted this little fellow crawling, head first, down the telegraph pole. Last I saw of him, he ran under my car, which is parked in the front. He may be still around. Maybe he's finding some cat, or bird, food in the back.
Grey squirrels are not native to Ireland, but have been imported some years ago from America. They have increased and multiplied over a short period, so that they now outnumber our native red squirrel. Some say they are in competition with the red squirrel for food and are crowding them out. Certain parts of Ireland a re kept sequestered from grey squirrels, so that the red squirrel is not threatened by them.
In turn, the grey squirrel is preyed upon by the pine marten, which also is on the increase in this country, having been nearly completely exterminated for their fur in the middle ages.
For more info re Grey Squirrels in Ireland see: link
So much for history lesson!
Last Edit: Sept 11, 2013 11:05:59 GMT -1 by Whisker
We have a butterfly bush out back as well Whiskers .. and wow ... it's amazing what visits that bush in the daytime. It's constantly busy with hummingbirds, butterflies, and something we're not sure what it is, LOL