Two squirrels were chasing each other around and around the trunk of a large green ash. They continued this torrid pace for at least two minutes. I was expecting them to quit from exhaustion. I found out that they had a very high level of fitness.
Now my interest in watching the chase was to see how it ended. Was there going to be big squirrel dust up? Was one squirrel going to escape? Would it end up in a draw?
Well it ended in a draw. One squirrel ran into the upper branches and the other squirrel did not pursue.
Red squirrels are very territorial. Usually they just chatter at one another. You hear the chattering going on and again you wonder when they will be out of breath.
So the territorial squirrels can get very physical in claiming their territory.
I wish these characters would chase each other far away. They are a nuisance at my bird feeders.
How about you? Have you seen squirrel fights? How do you control squirrels at you bird feeders?
|Photo by Angella Maclean|