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Red Squirrels Eating Snow

1-11-17-red-squirrel-eating-snow-049a2569Red Squirrels have very efficient kidneys, so most of their water requirements are supplied in fruit, buds, fungi and other food that they eat. They are said to rarely drink free-standing water or eat snow, even when it is available. However, both the scat and the chewing marks in the snow surrounding the scat in yesterday’s Mystery Photo were made by a Red Squirrel.

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12 responses

  1. Aimee Moffitt-Mercer

    Thank you Mary! I love this site of yours.

    January 11, 2017 at 8:22 am

  2. Aimee Moffitt-Mercer

    Mary, I don’t see a yellow donate button anywhere…

    January 11, 2017 at 8:28 am

  3. Aimee Moffitt-Mercer

    Actually! I found your donate button, but it wasn’t at the end of your donate link, it was after I clicked on view full site.

    January 11, 2017 at 8:30 am

    • Thank you for looking for it, Aimee!

      January 11, 2017 at 5:31 pm

  4. Alice Pratt

    It’s good to recognize who’s been “scattering” about.

    January 11, 2017 at 8:35 am


    Hi Mary. Thanks again for all your fun and interesting information. I did not guess the red squirrel. Attached is a picture I took recently, we think it was an owl that got a small rodent. What do you think? Happy New Year, Judith Abbe

    January 11, 2017 at 8:59 am

    • Hi Judith,
      Wordpress does not allow your photo to come through. If you don’t mind, could you send it to me at Thanks so much!

      January 11, 2017 at 5:30 pm

  6. Barry Avery

    I see my Grey Squirrels at my bird bath getting a drink

    January 11, 2017 at 9:13 am

  7. Share this most interesting post and lovely photo. So many of us adore these red creatures 🙂

    January 11, 2017 at 10:06 am

  8. Debbie Shewfelt

    Our Red squirrels in CA always drink from bird baths & fountains!

    January 11, 2017 at 9:17 pm

  9. collette59

    I put out water for the birds all winter and do see the red squirrels use it too; admittedly I do not know how often or how much they drink. Thanks, as always.

    January 11, 2017 at 9:52 pm


    I have also seen a squirrel drinking  from our birdbath on a very hot day. Thanks for the cute picture.

    January 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm

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