Red squirrels (Photo blog)
One of the cutest mammals in our forests is the red squirrel. I have been able to photograph them very often in recent years and this is a varied selection of my best images. Squirrels are 20 to 28 centimetres tall and can easily climb trees and jump from branch to branch. They have a beautiful bushy tail and in the winter they also get ear plumes. Squirrels do not hibernate in winter time but they are not very active on cold days and that is why they will bury nuts and seeds during autumn. They also eat mushrooms, berries and insects. The most common squirrel in Western Europe is the red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris) but their color can vary from reddish brown to gray or black. The lower abdomen is white.