The Squirrel In Norway

Below you find some information about the red squirrel in Norway. 

Some information I collected during the last years, observing the red squirrel from my photo blind, while other information I collected by reading articles, books and Encyclopedia.

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The red squirrel occurs in most parts of Norway. This little rodent is very popular among wildlife photographers. It’s a small, beautiful fellow, very often easy to approach and can be very comfortable around humans. Sometimes when I’m working on my photo blind the squirrel comes down from the trees and sitting just 3-4 meters from me, eating his nuts and seeds.

The color of the fur has a range of different colors. In summertime the fur is mostly red and brown, while in wintertime the fur gets much thicker and get a grey color. You also find some squirrels which are very dark in color, but they are very rare. The underside of the squirrel is always white.

I personally have never seen a squirrel with dark fur at hour place, but one of the squirrels has some black color along the tail.

The squirrel is day active and spend most of its time high up in the trees, but you can find it very often down on the ground, searching for food or switching trees. The menu of a squirrels contains nuts, seeds, shoots and buds, leaves, flowers, but also bird eggs, insects and larva.

Furthermore, the squirrel hoards its food and collects seeds and nuts for the winter storage. I observe this collecting and hoarding all the time. I lay out some nuts and seeds and the squirrel put them in the mouth, running around and digging them into the ground on many different locations.

The squirrel lives and sleeps either in hollow trees or has a den, build with branches and filled with moss and grass, on some branches high up in the trees. It also can move into bigger bird boxes or even under the roof of your house.

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The reproduction happens in early winter and until 6 young squirrels are born in late winter.

I once have seen the mating of two squirrels and was hoping to see small young squirrels’ late winter, but unfortunately, I never saw them.

Alfred Lucas