August 03, 2010
Red Squirrel Sightings
One of my fathers dreams had been to introduce Red Squirrels to Eriska and he investigated the opportunities in great depth. However he always led me to believe that the lack of progress was the fact that you needed a habitat of over 400 Acres and due to our limited size Eriska was unsuitable. However it was later suggested that the cost of £30,000 had been more of a hurdle a slightly more convincing argument-.
Anyway this week my mother reported the sighting of Red squirrels on the island. Allegedly she had been driving out the driveway and had been confronted by an image crossing before her, as she slowed the car it had stood up and its bushy tail and pointed ears had immediately made her identify it as a red squirrel,. Naturally this was all reported to me and unsurprisingly I was slightly dubious, mostly because I knew it was one of my fathers dreams and because there have never been any records of them on Eriska or even near Eriska but also due to the lack of photographic evidence.
So the next day I was recounting the story to a guest in the Conservatory over breakfast with a gentle request to keep their eyes open and they rather smuggly immediately told me that the squirrel had not only been spotted by a Beech tree on the lawn the day before but also by a beech tree on the far-side of the island the following afternoon. So now the quest for photographic evidence is required before we are overrun by the new Red Squirrel Invasion!!
Is this our October challenge, some photos for Dibleys Blog? I hope Red Squirrels are as obliging as Sea Eagles and otters. Still there is a lovely beech tree outside Novello.....!
Posted by: G&T | Aug 17, 2010 1:21:03 PM