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Great story.  Nice to know red squirrels are good for something!

Jane

On 1/25/2014 9:05 AM, Alison Wagner wrote:
> Good Morning,
>
> Resorting to feeder-birding this frigid morning, I was watching the
> usual suspects at my house (Chickadee, Jay, Junco, Goldfinch,
> Carolina Wren....) when a resident mole came out.  It was to be
> expected, coming from a nearby stonewall where I’m sure it has quite
> a network of tunnels and nests.  But what took me by surprise was the
> red squirrel that charged from under the deck, tackled the mole and
> wrestled with it for a moment, doing a sort of mammalian “Eskimo
> roll”  and then sprinted back under the cover of the deck.  A quick
> look through the binoculars indicated the mole was a goner.  Within a
> minute, the squirrel was back.  It tossed the mole a couple of times
> and then hauled it back under the deck.  In the past, I’ve seen a
> Merlin wrestle a Blue Jay (a fairly even-looking match with the
> falcon eventually triumphant), Barreds in the yards reducing rodentia
> populations, a Sharpie chase passerines around a serviceberry bush,
> the remnants of Shrike strikes, and an intimidating, lurking Goshawk
> that has even led me to seek shelter.  This is the first mammal vs
> mammal episode.
>
> Stay warm, keep the feeders full and......
>
> Enjoy WILDLIFE!!
>
> Ali
>
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