We live in the vicinity of a natural conservation area in a peaceful suburb of Helsinki, the capital of Finland in the northern Europe. A wide untouched forest nearby provides a broad terrain for many wild animals like elks, foxes, raccoon dogs and others. Puttering around our neighbourhood there are also smaller animals like hares, muskrats, mice, moles, hedgehogs, bats and many birds as well as squirrels, of course.

Squirrels (Sciurus vulgaris) have been our frequent visitors for a few years (they climb up to our balcony every now and then) and we've been observing them from close range. In spite of the fact that these furry rodents are rather annoying pests from time to time, it's been fun to watch how they behave, quarrel, play, eat and breed, each animal being individual.

The following amateur photos were taken during these few years the squirrels have shown an interest toward us . . . or is it only the food?

 
Squirrel hanging down a rope (24 KB)
Baby squirrel (25 KB)
Squirrel climbing down a tree I (18 KB)
Squirrel climbing down a tree II (18 KB)
 
Squirrel climbing up a rope (20 KB)
Coming up... (67 KB)
...going down (40 KB)
Baby squirrel (34 KB)
Baby squirrel (41 KB)
Squirrel climbing down a wall (28 KB)
 
Baby squirrel sitting (75 KB)
Baby squirrel (26 KB)
Squirrel's back (55 KB)
Baby squirrel (23 KB)
Baby squirrel looking (28 KB)
Squirrel on a tree branch (20 KB)
Squirrel climbing on a tree (76 KB)
Squirrel relaxing (24 KB)
  Squirrel climbing on a tree (41 KB)
"My house and I" (66 KB)
Baby squirrel on a stump (38 KB)
Squirrel eating on a stump (36 KB)
Squirrel sitting on a twig (15 KB)
Tree squirrels (35 KB)
Tree squirrel (29 KB)
Resting on a branch (27 KB)
Squirrel on a branch, eating a spruce cone (30 KB)
 
Youngsters on the ground (57 KB)
Naughty squirrels - fighting (67 KB)
Stretch-squirrel (61 KB)
Dashing here... (58 KB)
...and there (45 KB)
Squirrel stretching (10 KB)
Upsetting a flower pot (10 KB)
Hopping on a carpet (28 KB)
Digging peanuts into flower pot (36 KB)
  Looking down (29 KB)
Stuffing peanuts (37 KB)
More peanuts... (15 KB)
Collecting hazelnuts (36 KB)
Stuffing...again (21 KB)
Baby squirrel (14 KB)
Black-tailed squirrel (20 KB)
In the autumn sun I (24 KB)
In the autumn sun II (31 KB)
 
Squirrel sitting (31 KB)
Baby squirrel (117 KB)
Mother squirrel (23 KB)
Keeping a lookout (29 KB)
Sniffing squirrel (48 KB)
Squirrel looking (47 KB)
Squirrel observing (16 KB)
Squirrel looking down (15 KB)
Baby squirrel looking back (31 KB)
Squirrel "meditating" (38 KB)
Squirrel among fir branches (37 KB)
  Squirrel hiding food (57 KB)
Baby squirrel lost in thought (34 KB)
Mother squirrel (31 KB)
Squirrel sitting on a carpet (73 KB)
Squirrel standing up (25 KB)
Squirrel sitting on a rock (19 KB)
"I wonder if these guys have anything for me?" (44 KB)
Squirrel on forest path (34 KB)
Sitting on a stone I (40 KB)
Sitting on a stone II (40 KB)
Tiny, sleepy baby squirrel (46 KB)
 
Squirrel sitting (18 KB)
Squirrel looking at camera (20 KB)
Curious (?) squirrel (17 KB)
Suspicious squirrel (13 KB)
Squirrel-boy looking back (23 KB)
Squirrel looking at camera (28 KB)
Squirrel looking at camera (43 KB)
Squirrel looking at YOU (32 KB)
On a railing (16 KB)
  By the drinking cup (38 KB)
Curious-looking squirrel (32 KB)
On the flower box (32 KB)
Looking up (19 KB)
Sitting on a railing (25 KB)
Forest squirrel I (42 KB)
Forest squirrel II (46 KB)
Ear-tufted squirrel (22 KB)
Squirrel on forest path (35 KB)
Persistent squirrel (44 KB)
 
"Thinking" squirrel (38 KB)
Baggy trousers-squirrel (32 KB)
Squirrel with big ear tufts (26 KB)
Squirrel eating (31 KB)
Squirrel eating (22 KB)
Winter-coated squirrel I (35 KB)
Squirrel eating (36 KB)
Winter-coated squirrel II (17 KB)
Winter-coated squirrel III (31 KB)
 
Squirrel profile (22 KB)
Baby squirrel close-up (21 KB)
Mother squirrel eating (36 KB)
Squirrel face (11 KB)
Eating squirrel (39 KB)
Squirrel and peanuts (21 KB)
Squirrel face (42 KB)
 
Squirrel looking down (26 KB)
Mother squirrel drinking (25 KB)
Baby squirrel (20 KB)
Eating from a bowl (22 KB)
Eating close to camera (38 KB)
Eating on the floor (16 KB)
Squirrel eating (11 KB)
Squirrel munching (25 KB)
Mother squirrel eating (26 KB)
Baby squirrel sitting (38 KB)
Baby squirrel eating (27 KB)
  Squirrel eating (38 KB)
Squirrel drinking (50 KB)
Squirrel eating (66 KB)
Squirrel gathering peanuts (37 KB)
Squirrel-boy eating (19 KB)
Squirrel-boy eating (19 KB)
Squirrel eating (36 KB)
Squirrel with white tummy (20 KB)
Sitting in a flower box (11 KB)
Eating sunflower seeds (28 KB)
Fetching peanuts (30 KB)
Carnivorous squirrel - eating a bird (46 KB)

These photos of grey squirrels were taken on the grounds of the botanical garden of Montréal, QC, Canada.
Grey squirrel sitting
Grey squirrel running
Grey squirrel grabbing a pod

These black squirrels posed for us in Toronto, ON, Canada:

Squirrel sitting on a stump
Squirrel on the move
Squirrel looking at camera
Squirrel leaning on a tree

 

A little mouse (Apodemus flavicollis) once climbed up a rope to our balcony. The following pictures were taken one winter day when the mouse was exploring the balcony and got a few nuts. Once while taking a walk, we saw another mouse, trying to hide from us under some leaves.
Hares (Lepus europaeus) are seen here especially in the early spring and summertime, eating the clover in our backyard.
A hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) is also an annual visitor in the warm summer evenings, sniffing about in the grass.
Mouse grabbing a peanut
Mouse
Mouse hiding under leaves
Hare
Hedgehog

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