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Old 07-17-2019, 12:36 PM   #1
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Red Squirrels

I seem to see & hear much less red squirrels in the Adirondacks lately - is something going on?
Is it just me - I've been spending more time below 1,500' lately but I've been higher too.
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:13 PM   #2
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Same here. We live at about 1500'. Last year we were overrun with the little rascals but not one has shown it's face this season. Same with the chipmunks although a couple have been seen. It could be predators. I saw a fisher in the early summer and our dog is often running into the woods barking up a storm. Our garden has been void of the usual culprits too.
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:23 PM   #3
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+another. Same spots this year as last year, but thus far have seen no red squirrels nor chipmunks. Still seeing chipmunks at home (Southern Saratoga county) but maybe fewer grey squirrels.
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Old 07-17-2019, 02:34 PM   #4
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"The Red Squirrel is abundant and of little conservation concern throughout most of its range. However, since the conifers on which they feed produce seeds in approximately 3-5 year cycles, squirrel populations fluctuate in response to these seed and cone production cycles. When their target food sources produce a large “cone mast,” squirrel populations increase. Since squirrels are also important avian nest predators, when squirrel abundance is high, nestling survivorship may be low for several songbirds within the squirrel’s range. In montane forests of the North- east, prey items include eggs and nestlings of the Bicknell’s Thrush, a species of high conservation concern."

https://vtecostudies.org/wildlife/mammals/red-squirrel/
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:30 PM   #5
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Great info, thanx for posting!
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Old 07-18-2019, 10:27 AM   #6
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This is interesting guys, had not thought of it until now, here in the SW corner of the park, definately not seeing Red Squirrels like in the past! Chipmunks either.....strange and I agree with you something is happening!
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:07 AM   #7
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These guys might have something to do with it?
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:45 AM   #8
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We rent a place in Eagle Bay every summer since I was a kid, over 50 years ago. Chipmunks and reds are everywhere sometimes, lately not so prevalent. Our wives were out by the fire last summer and said they smelled a skunk. In the AM we could find some of the mink tracks in the sand. All the mustellidae have scent glands, skunks are best known for using them, but the little guys can be sensed with the nose, and they do a number on small rodents.
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Old 07-19-2019, 01:09 PM   #9
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I have seen a few chipmunks recently
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Old 07-22-2019, 07:35 PM   #10
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Ive had to trap Chipmunks in my yard this year because they are over crowding the place, undermining my driveway and entering the house. I live just outside the park though.
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Old 07-23-2019, 03:02 PM   #11
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Way fewer squirrels and chipmunks at the birdfeeder so far this year. Last year I relocated 22 chipmunks. This year I've only seen one. I do hear some very close barred owls at night though, so that's what I attributed it to. Interesting about the conifers.
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