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Bill Q wrote at 2007-06-24 15:32:02
I also have these squirrels in my yard in Northwest Ohio. Probably twice the size of a chipmunk, but definitely looks like a squirrel.

Bill Q

carolkate wrote at 2007-09-06 19:16:19
Hi, I am writing from Rutland, VT.  This July I saw one of these miniature red squirrels on my back porch, helping himself to birdseed, and I thought it was just a baby squirrel.  All of the descriptions exactly matched "my" squirrel.  Now it is September and this little creature is building a nest in my downspout, which used to be the favorite place for chipmunks.  I'm glad to know that I'm not crazy.

joan wrote at 2008-05-03 17:28:15
Forest Lake, Minnesota

We have seen a small squirrel in our backyard also.  Looks like a red squirrel but the red looks more like a stripe.  He is very quick.  I will try to capture a photo.

Joan Berry

DarJohn wrote at 2008-06-20 12:58:44
I live in Southeastern Michigan and have seen the same species of minature squirrels. I even caught one that was living in the attic.  It is slightly larger than a chipmunk, moves faster that a regular squirrel, is redish/orange in color and have a long bushy tail.  I've seen young squirrels before, and this is not one of them.  I've seen then frequently over the last 2 years.

Kacey wrote at 2009-02-21 18:51:07
re: miniature red squirrel with a black stipe around white belly.

According to folks raised in the mountains and foot hills of Appalachia, the "mini" squirrel is a small red squirrel called a " Fairydiddle " and is most common in pine treed areas.  I have one that eats on my back patio and at first wondered why I had a baby squirrel in January.  They are more agressive and much faster than the average sized red squirrel and what I have here is a little bigger than a chipmunk...and literally appears as a dwarf squirrel.  I reside in eastern Ohio on the West Va. and Pa. borders.

Kari wrote at 2009-02-28 16:34:00
I was so glad to see this posting. I have seen these little creatures from time to time from a distance, climbing on the back fence. At first I thought they were baby squirrels but when I spotted them in the middle of the winter I realized that was not the case. I have to admit that a part of me wondered if it was all in my head and my perception was off because they were so far away. I feed the gray squirrels on my back porch and to my amazement I spotted one of the miniature squirrels this week carting off an apple I had left. It was exactly as described, and exciting to see up close. I finally know it was not my imagination!

jojojo wrote at 2009-03-29 01:21:48
Its sounds like your talking of a red squirrel.  The bigger, brownish-red, 8-12 inches long are fox squirrels.

dee wrote at 2009-05-30 15:21:37
I have them too, I believe it's what Bonnie is talking about. Ours look like a cross between a squirrel and a chipmunk.........very, very cute. i have photographed many of them...they are easy to get up close to. Mine are redish, with busy tails, but very, very tiny..the size of a chipmunk.

Alexus wrote at 2009-06-24 21:42:40
We have several of these "miniature" squirrels in our back acre.  They are very dark (almost black) with almost orange bellies, very quick, and VERY brave!  We actually had one sneak into a hole in the screen of our bedroom sliding door one morning to pay us a visit!  About the size of chipmunks, they definitely have squirrel characteristics, with the specific squirrel ears and tails.  I would like to know if there is a specific genus or name for these CUTE little critters.

BTW, I live on an acre of tall pines and cedars that backs onto a wetlands in NW Washington State.

Gabrielle wrote at 2010-08-02 20:23:26
Yesterday I saw one of those little squirrels at my friend's place in Duvall, WA. As it was running around the fir tree it was making some very funny sounds like a baby bird crying for its mother. At first that is what I thought it was and than I saw this red bellied little creature somewhat larger than a chipmunk eating seeds from pine cones and run very fast.

Dee wrote at 2010-10-16 14:42:02
I am so happy to have found this information stream to know there are others with this same tiny creature in their yards.  My little guys showed up this Spring and I thought they were baby red squirrels, but then they did not 'grow up' over the summer months.  I have two in my yard and they are so adorable.  Since I have several chipmunks, too, I thought they might be a cross between a chipmunk and a squirrel.  Mine look like the larger squirrels, but their undersides are pure white and they move more like chipmunks than squirrels.  I'm enjoying them immensely and I hope they stay through the winter so I can enjoy them again next year.

Ken K wrote at 2010-11-05 13:45:43
I live in Northeast Ohio. I have these same things. Regular squirrels are not seen much here just these tiny Chipmunk-squirrel looking creatures. They are very mean to my cat and are very loud highpitched screechers. Every thinks I am nuts. They say they are baby squirrels. They are not. I see them all the time with no regular squirrels. It's just odd

Bill W wrote at 2010-11-11 22:07:51
I began seeing these small red squirrels in my back yard last year. I also thought that they were baby red squirrel. I saw another today (11-11-2010) at my bird feeder. I hope that the aggressive gray squirrel does not chase it away. We live on 6 wooded acres in SE Wisconsin.

Kris wrote at 2011-01-03 17:55:48
Finally, some info about this tiny aggressive bright auburn red squirrel with the snow-white belly in my Southeast Michigan backyard!  Waits until bigger fox and grey squirrels knock the top off of my deep, tall, cylindrical bird feeder, and climbs right in and sits on the pile of black oil sunflower seeds, eating to her heart's content!  Like some of you, I also wondered why we would have a baby squirrel in November and December; but it never grew!  I thought it must be some kind of a dwarf squirrel.  This little gal is so aggressive!  She chases all the other black, grey, and fox squirrels away.  We call her Ferocious Phyllis! (at first she was Ferocious Phil til we got a closer look at her.)  The other squirrels are starting to realize they are three times bigger than her and they are finally beginning to hold their own now.  Thanks so much for sharing your sightings.  I thought I had a one-of-a-kind!

Diane wrote at 2011-01-03 17:58:19
I'm in southeastern part of Michigan and spotted one of these little devils last spring.  It's still around and terrorizes anything that comes around the bird feeders.  I found a dead sparrow below one feeder with blood on him and wouldn't put it past that little Tazmanian devil to have killed it.  He chases the larger squirrels away and isn't happy if they just leave the yard, but he cont. to chase them well beyond.  

I'm so disappointed in the birds leaving not having seen them at my feeders for a few weeks now.  I got so much joy out of feeding them and watching them dance in the sky above my yard.  The only critter I see is this little squirrel.  He's a speedy little guy and one can definitely tell it's him if he's chattering at another critter that's upset him.

I'm wishing my little guy would move on.

Diane wrote at 2011-01-03 18:19:45
Aha!  I found the answer after googling red squirrel and finding great info and a picture at wikipedia.  

These little guys are called the American Red squirrel, chickaree and/or North American red squirrel. The picture at wiki is what is in my back yard AND as I've noticed, VERY territorial.  The one in my yard has chased the birds and other squirrels away being very quick and downright nasty.  

I wish he'd move on.  So there tis folds.

Thomas wrote at 2011-01-03 18:38:36
I live in south central Wisconsin, and I have been seeing what I thought to be baby squirrels in my yard. When they didn't seem to be getting any bigger, I thought to myself, maybe I have been mistaking chipmunks that looked like squirrels. So I decided to look them up, and to my suprise miniture squirrels really do exist. Thank you for this posting, now my friends and neighbors won't think I'm crazy when I tell them that we have miniture sqirrels in our neighborhood.  TTT from WI

Kris wrote at 2011-01-06 17:12:28
Here is a link with info on the North American Red Squirrel.

Sandra wrote at 2011-01-24 18:18:36
For Jeff Dykes; We also have these tiny squirrels in our backyard. I have not seen them before last summer (2010) They are all different colors, one is red, one is dark brown & I haven't seen the other but my husband said there were 3. They are not chipmunks or babies, no more than 7-8" high sitting up. I have some pictures but how do I send them? I would appreciate any info you have on them?  

Cheryl Pace wrote at 2011-04-27 16:11:39
Hi Jeff:  In response to Bonnie's question about red squirrels, I have one coming to my yard in the Cleveland,Ohio area.  I have two pictures I can send you and I will keep trying to get better ones.  I can email the pics to you if you will send me your email address.  Thanks, Cheryl

Tom wrote at 2011-05-15 19:53:35
Bonnie:It sounds like a red to me. this spring we have a new tenant moving in our big maple tree.What a charachter non stop entertainment.She was hangin around all last week after I moved bird feeder to maple tree. This morning I caught her in the act of moving her babes from a tree next door.That was Cool many more stories I,m looking forward and hopfully will see the Babes.

Jessica wrote at 2011-12-23 20:03:34
I live in SW Ontario, Canada  close to NY border.  I've started seeing them only for about 8 months now, showed up in April, and they are still hanging around     Super cute, just saw one chasing a normal squirrel across my complex. The big squirrels are afraid of them it seems.   Very fast and very cute  

winter bird feeder wrote at 2012-01-07 17:23:14
1-6-2012 - For several years now we have had a dwarf red squirrel coming to our bird feeders.  He is slightly larger than a chipmunk and is only about 1/3 the size of the regular red or gray squirrels in our woods which is in an eastern Cleveland suburb.

Travis wrote at 2012-03-15 23:18:21
We have a pair of dwarf squirrels on our property. They are grey; not red like everyone else here is describing. When I first saw them last spring, I thought they were babies, but neither one has grown.  

Mandy wrote at 2013-02-09 18:18:17
We have one of these miniature squirrels living in our yard. One day I saw 3 of them between our yard and our neighbors yard. We've watched "our" squirrel for the last year and it has not grown at all. I have quite a few photos.

Karen wrote at 2013-02-10 20:52:43
It's funny, all these responses are talking about 'miniature' squirrels the size of chipmunks.  Down here in Florida, all our squirrels are about that size!  I'd always wondered how people could ever bother eating squirrel - there'd be nothing to eat - until I was up north one year and saw your squirrels.  OK, yeah, I get it - those guys are sizable!

I can only assume you all are seeing some of the 'normal' squirrels I grew up with down here, and they seem tiny to you guys - the way your large squirrels seemed like giants to me.  Suppose it's all about what you're used to.  A miniature squirrel to me would mean something the size of a hamster!

Bird lover wrote at 2013-05-20 22:57:41
We have had these little squirrels visit our yard in northern Iowa for more than 20 years. Some are gray & some have a reddish stripe down their back. They're cute, fast & fun to watch. They love our bird seed & sometimes stay around all winter.

Todd Isaacs wrote at 2013-06-05 11:36:43
I have also seen these squirrels in my yard. They appear to be miniature red (fox) squirrels, but with tufts of black hair on their ears. They are half the size of a fox squirrel and twice as fast.

Chris wrote at 2014-05-21 11:06:53
I live in Powell, Ohio and saw a mini red squirrel for the first time yesterday.  Tiny thing in my tree and a bird was hassling it.  It climbed to the ground and ate bird seed.  Very fast for its size!

Brad S. wrote at 2014-08-07 04:21:42
Wow, I didn't realize there were so many people who don't know their wildlife! Lol - Anyway folks, yes this little guy with the true red fur, black side stripes, and snow/cream white belly is indeed the North American Red Squirrel; aka - a "Red Jimmy" by some. Now, the much larger "reddish-brown" squirrels that nearly everyone on here is calling a red squirrel is in fact the Fox Squirrel - I know, I know, a couple of you got it right. BTW, the black squirrels we have, in the Eastern U.S. anyway, are actually the black phase of the Eastern Gray Squirrel. - everything here is factual; I work for the Ohio Division of Wildlife

Neva Tweed wrote at 2015-03-02 15:40:01
I live in brook park ohio near Cleveland last summer 3 small squirrels came down the fence playing I thought they were baby's they never got bigger this winter the lived in one of my bird houses they made the hole.bigger I think they are so sweet.I hope the stay I contacted someone and they said they are pine squirrels

lisa wrote at 2015-10-30 22:33:35
Spotted one this morning up in a tree n my yard in Oswego NY which is located in Upstate NY on the  southeastern shore of Lake Ontario. It was about the size of a chipmunk. I was looking for more information on these little guys. I have never heard of them before.

Callie wrote at 2015-11-27 17:01:49
I live in East Lansing, Michigan. I saw one of these tiny squirrels in my yard several times this week. He crawled through the cage of my "squirrel proof" bird feeder to help himself to a fine Thanksgiving meal. So cute!

Dianah wrote at 2016-05-18 14:30:23
I am so happy to have found this email stream to confirm I am not 'losing it.'  This tiny squirrel showed up in my yard four summers ago and continues to visit now and then.  I don't see it often.  Today is the first time this year.  I put shelled bird seed out under my locust tree and this little guy/gal has joined the feast.  Mine is quite small, just a big bigger than a chipmunk and has a snow white underside and otherwise looks like a cross between a 'regular' squirrel and a chipmunk.

lorene wrote at 2016-06-09 11:23:03
I am happy to find this site to read and learn about the tiny squirrels! Ours showed up a few weeks ago and I was confused as to what they were!  I live in Grafton, Ohio on a busy country road.  I rarely have any squirrel residents since the traffic (fast cars) shorten any life span of visiting brown or gray squirrels.  So far so good with these quick moving cute critters.  I feed the birds year round so plenty of seeds for the squirrels.  I finally was able to observe one eating this morning and did notice it chased off a chipmunk hence the territorial behavior.  I will look forward to watching them, (I spotted a shy companion in the bushes), this summer!


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