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 (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)
Climbing on a flower rack (27 KB)
Sitting on a flower rack (17 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)
 
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)
 
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 (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)
 
"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 (35 KB)
Squirrel eating (36 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 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)

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. Hares are seen here especially in early spring and summertime, eating the clover in our back yard. A hedgehog is also an annual visitor in the warm summer evenings, sniffing about in the grass.
Mouse grabbing a peanut
Mouse
Hare
Hedgehog