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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Spotted in our back yard...

We get some wildlife in our backyard.  We get lots of rabbits (to Bob's dismay - they eat his flowers), woodchucks, quail, turkey...We've even had a few deer.
Lately we've had something quite special though - the elusive tree fox!


These may look like your standard squirrels, and that is what we always called them, but according to Alaina, they are actually tree foxes.
They've been very happy in the back yard lately, because the maple tree has dropped thousands of seeds.  They scamper up and down the tree, run through the flowers and into the woods.  Those tree foxes are quite entertaining.
I have a feeling that the squirrels in these parts may never be called squirrels again...

26 comments:

Betsy Brock said...

Oh, that is so cute!

Wow...look at those huge tails! Amazing!

Terri D said...

That is precious! Mari, I have to tell you that every time we see a "silly boy" that is exactly what we call them now! And our yard is full of tree foxes! Alaina is adorable.

Jenny said...

ooooh I love that black squir ... er, tree fox. He's purty. Soooo cute, just like Alaina. What a little doll. xoxo

Kelly-Anne said...

Oh goodness! How precious these little ''tree foxes'' are! And Alaina is too sweet...:-)
Blessings to you, dear Mari!
Kelly-Anne

Simply Linda said...

Alaina is just to cute...thank you for the smiles. Have a great Friday, Mari. Blessings

Mildred said...

Forevermore, you all will call squirrels "tree foxes." lol
One of those things that sticks with the whole family!!!

Linda E said...

I like the new name, 'tree fox'and thanks to Alaina, I will probably call them that now too! Have a good Friday.

Kerin said...

Awww.... that is a sweet thing... 'tree foxes'.

~K.

Nancy said...

That is so cute, I like the new name..

Nancy said...

That is so cute, I like the new name..

Rebecca said...

We have "tree foxes" here, too! (And moles - or voles. Not sure which.)

Rebecca said...

Oh, wow! I commented and it posted! Yay!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

I like Alaina's version!!!

And it's cute to boot.

Stephanie said...

"Tree Foxes" My, how neat is that! I don't think I have ever heard of some squirrels referred to as "Tree Foxes" :) So cute, my friend!

Carrie B. said...

Haha!! This actually made me laugh out loud! Love it - and how adorable is that!! From now on when I see them in my yard this is what will be in my head. ;)

happy weekend Sweetie! xoxo

Sylvia said...

Finally managed to get back on to your blog Mari !! It's been weeks and weeks but I still kept checking. Good to catch up with what you've been doing!!!

Sola Scriptura said...

Tree foxes... I like that description! They are such cute little critters.

Cherdecor said...

That little girl is so smart to come up with that name! I mean, they sure look like foxes and they climb trees so who in the world would call them squirrels?!?!? Sheesh!

Judy said...

I like that...I think I'm going to be calling them "tree foxes" as well :)

Jean Stauffer said...

That's just adorable that she made up that name!!

We had a bear in our community this week. A woman who lives just a few houses down from my church office saw it walk through her neighbor's yard, across the street, through several more lawns! Later we found out it ended up in someone else's back yard, several streets away!! That is scary, knowing that children play outside unwatched. They say to be sure not to have bird feeders.

Bethany Carson said...

Fun name from Alaina! They must be neat to watch! We've had a couple squirrels visit our yard over the years, but our dog never lets them invade for long! I think they are a delicacy for her.

Ceil said...

Hi Mari! How interesting that you have grey and black squirrels. We only have the red/grey kind. I'be nevr heard of 'tree foxes' before. I was thinking you'd have a photo of a red fox with big toes or something! I'm such a city-gal.

Happy Father's Day to your husband :)
Ceil

Marsha Young said...

Well, those little tree foxes really ARE pretty foxy! :)

Dee said...

Oh I just love that... tree foxes, so cute. That name is definitely going to stick... :)

Brenda said...

That's funny...before I realized that was Alaina's name for them, I thought they sure look like squirrels to me!

Laura said...

Yes, those tree foxes. She has her own vocabulary!