Our neighborhood is relatively new, and as a consequence, the trees here, while numerous, are still very small.
In contrast, the trees in the older, more established neighborhoods around us are much larger, and form a virtual forest throughout the surrounding subdivisions. Because these large trees are a prime habitat for Fox Squirrels, these surrounding neighborhoods support a good sized population.
Naturally, as the trees in our neighbor continue to grow, and our suburban forest becomes lusher, we expected an increasing number of Fox Squirrels to migrate in from the adjacent neighborhoods.
The individual in these photographs is truly a pioneer. I photographed him in my neighbor’s front yard, after he paused to examine some type of food item he had discovered in the Bermuda Grass lawn.