Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Another New Friend Visits

Oh, what a handsome Devil!  I'm so very excited to have this Big Cypress Fox Squirrel visit the yard!  I'm still jumping up and down with glee.

I've never seen one before and I'm so happy to get a few photos.  The Big Cypress Fox Squirrel is only found in southwestern Florida - Hendry, Lee, Collier and northern Monroe counties, and maybe a part of Miami-Dade county.  And it's protected as a threatened species.  (There are other fox squirrel subspecies in Florida, the Sherman's Fox Squirrel and the Carolina Fox Squirrel)

I think his coloring is beautiful.  Love the white ears, nose and "hands".

Uh oh, he's on to me...

Just look at how big he is.  He's HU-GE!

(And yes, I know this birdfeeder is in a bad place, next to a tree *sigh* and we also lost the baffle.  Not that it'd do any good when they can just hop on over from the tree, haha!)

And just let me point out that tail ↑

It's spectacular!

Fun Facts:  They can be up to 27" in length and weigh up to three pounds.  Breeding season is coming up again, so I'm hoping he'll stick around and bring his mate.  

Regular Squirrely, he's so cute.  He says "Hey lady - I faithfully visit every day" and I say "Thank you, my friend - I love you too" 💖💖💖


FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Wow, what a handsome squirrel!

Thanks for sharing this visitor to your gardens.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Janice said...

Oh my gosh! I want one...he's beautiful. Lynn, I hope you're having a great spring. _Janice

Kate R said...

Hi Lynn! I saw this beauty when you posted it on Instagram and thought how beautiful it was! You have taken some really spectacular photos of him and he really is gorgeous, especially that wonderful tail. I have never seen one before so you must be extra special that he came to visit. Hope he comes back again!
- Kate xx

Susan said...

He's so cute! I've never heard of this particular fox squirrel. How lucky you are to have one in your garden. I hope he's a regular visitor!