Mr. Gray was generally shy. But he was a true western gent, so after a few moments of aw-shucks and feet-kicking, he decided to give the new neighbor - my cam trap - a big welcoming hug.
In truth, this series is a nice example of a gray squirrel's reaction to an unknown object in its home range. Especially an object that seems to have eyes and makes sounds. After seeing the camera, he slowly approaches - likely lightly barking, flicking his tail, and stamping his feet along the way (a vid cam would catch all that, of course). Once he decides the cam isn't going to pounce, he gives it a detailed inspection. After that, it gets treated like any other old log or stump.
But here on my blog - it's all about the hug. A virtual hug that is - to all of you for following along and adding to the fun in 2012. I look forward to learning with you in 2013.
Have a very happy new year.