[Tweeters] Silence of the Squirrels

Dennis Paulson dennispaulson at comcast.net
Sat Aug 9 13:03:28 PDT 2014

Jeff, you are obviously a friend of the squirrels who they realize means them no harm at all, even though you ate one once and then used it as a frisbee. But you were a Californian then--enough said.

Whenever I startle one in my yard, or occasionally when a cat has the nerve to pass through, or even on a few occasions when a Cooper’s Hawk has arrived, one or more of our Eastern Gray Squirrels lets out a string of very audible alarm calls, always accompanied by tail twitches.

I agree that they’re quieter than Douglas Squirrels and chipmunks and ground squirrels and marmots, all of which use their voices in more ways than just alarm calls.

Dennis Paulson

On Aug 9, 2014, at 12:01 PM, tweeters-request at mailman1.u.washington.edu wrote:

> Date: Sat, 9 Aug 2014 10:43:49 -0700

> From: Jeff Gibson <gibsondesign at msn.com>

> Subject: [Tweeters] Silence of the Squirrels

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> In my last squirrel post I forgot to mention one item - an update on Eastern Gray squirrel vocalizations, as not heard by me.

> Last November I posted my surprise at hearing an amazingly loud Gray squirrel blaring forth in my north Everett neighborhood - in more than 50 years here in the Puget Sound country, I'd never heard one say anything. Seemed weird, as I had heard other species of Gray squirrels.

> I figured that as soon as I posted about that, two things would happen. First, the eye-rolling of fellow tweeters would begin, by folks who hear plenty from Eastern Gray squirrels. Secondly, I myself would start hearing more Gray squirrels immediately, proving me to be a fool, or at least deaf and inattentive for my whole life.

> I did get some polite and very informative responses from several tweeters, which was nice, and yes they heard Eastern Gray squirrels all the time.

> However, I still haven't heard another E. Gray Squirrel, despite having seen many, and the ones in Port Townsend are just as quiet as those in Everett, or any place else I happen to be.

> Not being deaf ,or completely without awareness, I guess that just leaves a fool- in the silence of squirrels.

> Jeff Gibsonjust sayin' in,Wherever Wa

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