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Friday, April 26, 2013

Squirrels on the California Shores

During our spring break in Central California, squirrels were seen almost everywhere.
To watch these cute animals was a pleasure!
They were not in my garden digging out bulbs and making a mess with pine cones.
These shots were taken at Pebble Beach.
It is prohibited to feed them, but it was obvious that these animals were used to getting treats from people. 
They were begging.
Feeding squirrels is bad not only for them, but is dangerous for people too. In the area shown at the end of the post, one man was bitten.

 I needed to run away because this one was heading straight for me! 
I think she could sniff the almonds in my pocket.

The following pictures were taken at Morro Bay, California.
  Birds and squirrels: Peaceful coexistance.
  The squirrel was so close to these boys, it could pick their pockets:
" Which pockets? I am just bathing in the sand..."

  Cute as cute can be:

  "Oh, how much I would love to chase those squirrels..."

***Copyright 2013 TatyanaS


  1. Funny that those grey squirrels even are going to the beach. They look very cute.

  2. Ahhh!!! I'm a native of CA and this is my part of the state! I'm not surprised the squirrels were so bold. They're shameless beggars! Great pix. :o)

  3. Incredible, who would have thought you'd find squirrels at the beach.

    The fourth from last photo is my favourite photo both amusing and beautiful.


  4. I had never seen squirrels on the beach in CA...quite cute.

  5. Those are squirrels? They're enormous! What on earth is in the peanuts that they are so huge?

  6. I never heard of beach squirrels before! Here we have to be careful of sand crabs, not squirrels after your treats! Your photos are gorgeous, as always.

  7. Those squirrels are cute Tatyana, I would never have imagined seeing them on a beach though. Great shots of the rocky shoreline.

  8. How very strange to see Squirrels in this situation. Reminds me of when we went to Gibraltar, having monkeys climbing all over us searching our pockets, their huge teeth made you feel rather vulnerable..

  9. Like many other comment-ors I am surprised to see the squirrels so close to the beach. I have not seen that here in Oregon any of my trips to the coast. They looked happily fed :)Cheers, Jenni

  10. Seems like such an odd place for squirrels! Love the ocean scenes. So tranquil.

  11. Wow, those are some squirrels, look as big as dogs!


  12. Hmmm, it's a beautiful place, but it sure seems like an odd place for squirrels. I thought all squirrels lived in trees!

  13. It is funny to see squirrels on the beach, it is almost (repeat almost) as if they were photoshopped into the beach scene.

  14. Squirrels on the beach! Never thought of such a thing. What do they eat there? Maybe the scraps people leave?

  15. Thank you everyone! These are GROUND squirrels!

  16. such chubby squirrels, they are well fed, lovely photos Tatyana,
    I get the large black back gulls where I live, they go in the field next to me but I have never seen them in my garden though they do make a heck of a noise if they land on the roof, Frances

  17. How funny. They're so dang cute, aren't they? I would have a hard time not wanting to feed them. Beautiful place.

  18. Hi Tonya. Beautiful photo's. By the way I mentioned you and your blog in my post today.

  19. Love these photos! I'm always amazed at how many ground squirrels there are at some of our beaches. They are definitely bold little critters! Destructive too! I actually saw one in our garden a couple of years ago, and almost panicked, as they can cause more ruts in the soil than gophers. Thankfully it didn't find anything it wanted here, and moved on...or maybe it went back to the beach! ;)

  20. I enjoyed reading all the comments. Thank you everyone!

  21. Wow, that is crazy! I never would have thought. So they actually live among the rocks?? I'm only familiar with the grey & red (fox) squirrels who eat nuts, bulbs seeds, etc. so I'm wondering what they find to eat on the beach??? Other than the treats they are fed by humans?? SO interesting...

  22. I've never seen squirrels on the beach before. What a strange sight! Thanks for sharing, that was definitely a first for me.

  23. They are adorable. And well-fed apparently. Or is their fur very thick?


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