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By Alan Crowe (Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 12:28:11 PM EST) wildlife (all tags)
Went for a walk and heard a strange noise overhead.

I try to go for a walk every day for the good of my health. A disused railway line has been converted into a cycle path. Walking through the cuttings is peaceful as the traffic noise from the city flies overhead unheard.

Yesterday I heard a noise that I couldn't recognise. Like a crow's caw, but a lot less shrill. If it hadn't been coming from high up in a tree I might not even have wondered what bird was making it.

Looking closely I saw it was a squirrel, barking. His tail twitched every time he barked. I see lots of squirrels in Edinburgh but they have always moved silently. This is the first time I have heard one call out.

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Squirrels can be noisy. by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 01:06:00 PM EST
Especially if they're protecting their territory. We have one who lives above the awning of our house, and he barks and chatters every time one of our cats wanders into the patio.
inspiritation: the effect of irritating someone so much it inspires them to do something about it. --BuggEye
I think especially by ana (2.00 / 0) #2 Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 01:13:22 PM EST
when adults are signaling danger to young ones.

Regular, or decaf abomination? --Kellnerin

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Yeah by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #3 Sun Feb 18, 2007 at 03:56:19 PM EST
They used to yell at our cats all the time. Back when we had cats. :-(
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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That might explain it. by Alan Crowe (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Feb 19, 2007 at 12:27:26 AM EST

I usually see squirrels in Princes Street gardens or the Botanics, both places with lots of humans, and lots of squirrels feeding on discarded chips or nuts brought specially to feed them. Not places where a squirrel could hope to stake out a territory.

The cycle path has embankments with undergrowth that runs wild. I can imagine a squirrel staking a claim to a territory there.

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