SZ5885 : The Last Hazelnut

taken 9 years ago, near to Alverstone, Isle of Wight, Great Britain

The Last Hazelnut
The Last Hazelnut
A successful trip to the Alverstone Mead Nature Reserve, on the Isle of Wight. Hazelnuts soon went; at one point, 50 in 45 minutes! All this, and only about six squirrels were at work.

I really wanted a close-up of a squirrel approaching a nut, so kept back three from my 'reserve' supply, in a screw top plastic container (with the top off!), beside my foot. Meanwhile, I was reviewing my video clips, when I heard a noise. Thinking that it was the 'working party', nearby in the reserve, I continued looking at a video. I then looked up, to see a squirrel making off with my container!

Thinking that swearing at the squirrel would probably have little effect, I set off to follow it. Problem was that I wanted my container back, squirrels are generally only attracted by food, and my last three hazelnuts were in the container! Resigned to losing the container, I could only laugh as the squirrel struggled off, and shinned up a tree. As he scampered along a branch, one nut fell out; seconds later, a second nut fell out. Sitting high up in the tree, the squirrel tried frantically to get the final hazelnut out of the container. He shook it, he scratched at it with his paws; still no joy. Then a dog ran along a nearby footpath, and frightened the squirrel which dropped the container. As luck would have it, the container fell where I could both see, and retrieve, it. Amazingly, the last hazelnut was still inside!

And so, finally, the above picture was still possible. I'd like to say that it's the same squirrel, but with three of the same colouration, I can't be certain.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 6 December, 2011   (more nearby)
Wednesday, 7 December, 2011
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Rivers, Streams, Drainage  Woodland, Forest 
Place (from Tags)
Isle of Wight 
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 5806 8519 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:39.8098N 1:10.7931W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SZ 5806 8520
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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Alverstone  Mead  Nature Reserve  Red Squirrel  Sciurus Vulgaris 

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