Do you remember pictures of red squirrels I took last year in Poland and posted for you? If you don't, you can click here to refresh your memory. Today Anna took some pictures of British grey squirrels and I wanted to share them with you, so you can compare the two species. These photos were taken at the Jephson Gardens in Leamington and squirrels were 'posing' quite happily as they were fed with cashew nuts. Cashew nuts for squirrels?! I think that's ridiculous. I would rather eat them myself than share them with squirrels. Well, I wasn't there so they had a very good meal, the whole package between 9 squirrels.
Grey squirrels can adapt to the open and they are commonly found in urban parks and gardens, collecting much of their food from the ground. They eat catkins, flowers, rosehips, fungi, shoots, bulbs, bark and may even rob nests in spring, taking both eggs and young birds. However, their most important natural food is tree seeds. Squirrels eat them as they ripen or store them for hard times, burying them just below the surface of the soil in numerous small caches. Because grey squirrels eat the same food as red squirrels and use the same types of habitat, they have out-competed red squirrels in many locations in the UK. I like grey squirrels, but as I said before, I think red squirrels look more cute with their fluffy, funny ears. What do you think my dear Atria?