The Rewarding Experience
Of Calling Spot
January 2, 2012


There is a particular thrill in socializing with a "wild" animal. In this case, a squirrel, one that I've come to know over the years.

Her official name is Tiny Scoiattolo Jr., as named by squirrelmama, a squirrel rehabber, after one of her first squirrels. However, for practical purposes, this squirrel's common name is "Spot," after Spot's attribute; that is, her spot.

So the first factor is identifying the particular squirrel by her spot.

On sighting, the question is, Does she have her shoulder spot?

Is this Spot?

I don't have an immediate answer. A number of the squirrels here have bushy tails.
It's Spot

Ah! There it is. Her spot over the left shoulder.

She knows me, and I know her.

I have sunflower seed and peanuts prepared (for once), which I distribute outside, and so I call her. I toss the food and grab my camera.

"Good Spot, I've food for you!"

Spot pausing to calculate her next jump

And here she comes, calculating her next jump down the tree outside the living room sliding doors.

A final jump, and she breaks out into a run. (Squirrels move quickly. Note the motion blur.)

Spot jumping

And so Spot (aka Tiny Scoiattolo Jr., as her official name) comes calling.
Spot enjoying a peanut

Spot or Tiny alternates between sunflower seed and peanuts. If peanuts, she often takes one onto a bush opposite the door to eat at leisure.

She's an incredible squirrel!

Photo note: I used a Pentax K20D, with the SMC-DA 55-300mm lens, for these photos, for which the first was taken 30 December 2011, with the final one on 24 Dec. 2011 (as it is really tough to focus on a fast-moving squirrel).  

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