Another Delmarva Fox Squirrel

I got a chance to slip over to Blackwater NWR again yesterday (yay!) and was rewarded with another sighting of the large yet elusive Delmarva Fox Squirrel.  And finally in a tree and not scampering around on the ground!

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Delmarva Fox Squirrel


The Delmarva Fox Squirrel was listed as endangered in 1967.  After a rigorous recovery plan and range expansion, the Delmarva Fox Squirrel was finally removed from the endangered species list in November 2015.

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Their big, bushy tail grows to 15 inches long.


After many years looking for even just a glimpse of this very shy squirrel that is found only in the mid-Atlantic region, it wasn’t until this year I was able to sight and photograph them several times, for which I feel fortunate.

It is gratifying to the see the protective efforts of many has been a success for the significant growth in population of the Delmarva Fox Squirrel.

And, as squirrels go, they can’t help but look cute!



32 thoughts on “Another Delmarva Fox Squirrel

  1. What a great find Donna, you were rewarded well for your persistence and with lovely photos to match. I wonder why a squirrel needs such a large bushy tail? God must have a reason, maybe it just identifies them in their own peculiar way. We don’t have the delight of squirrels here in Australia as our trees and seasons are not quite squirrel friendly.

    • Thank you, Ashley, I was! I never realized you didn’t have any squirrels. They can be quite cute but do play havoc with bird feeders, sometimes in a really comical kind of way trying to get to the seed. You can buy squirrel-proof feeders now. Still, I do find them fun to watch. 🙂

  2. It’s always great to learn that another endangered species has returned from the brink. And, it’s always a thrill to find a less common species to photograph as well as you did!

    • Thank you, Jerry! A car came along at that moment and I took my eye off him; luckity-split he was gone when I looked back. It was magical; I was excited and hoped I did well with the photos. I am super pleased! 🙂

  3. Wow what a cool squirrel! Thanks for educating me, I didn’t even know it existed. I used to have more common fox squirrels in my yard, now I only occasionally see one, the Gray Squirrels seem to be dominating the neighborhood.

    • Thank you, Lisa! Their tail is so pretty, of course, like a fox’s. They get 30″ inches long from head to end of their tail. Pretty big squirrel and definitely cool! 🙂

  4. The only thing I know about squirrels is that some of them get fat on my account with the seeds I feed my birds! 🙂
    Nice post Donna.

    • Thank you, Tom! We have those two squirrels in our region too. I have seen both and have yet to get a photo of either!! It’s always been when I didn’t have my camera…. 😦 The locals are very protective of both small colonies, no one reports publicly exactly where they are, so you gotta be in the know. 🙂

    • Thank you, Reed! It was luck, I had gotten out of the car along the drive and was standing still photographing Eastern Phoebes, when I saw him dart out of the corner of my eye. 🙂

  5. Your fox squirrel looks quite a bit like our ground squirrel, but maybe not. I don’t look too kindly on ours since they like to tunnel into the steep bank our house sits on. Come to think of it, yours is much cuter! 😀 That huge fluffy tail just for starters!

    • They do resemble the grey ground squirrel….on steriods, lol. Huge, stocky squirrel, 30″ long from head to tail tip. No, I wouldn’t take kindly to them tunneling into our bank either. We had that issue many years back with beavers doing the same thing. Rick was lucky he didn’t get hurt when he was cutting the lawn and his tractor caved into a huge den!

  6. Though they can be pests, which is probably more due to human fault, I like squirrels. What a fine bushy tail! It is always good news to hear about a species that make a comeback after being on the brink of extinction and great that you got the photos..

    • I feel bad the squirrels get such a rap as a pest; but then again, I’ve never had to deal with one. It does feels neat to get to experience a sighting the DFS in person because it’s a recent comeback. I’m always on watch for one when I visit the refuge!

    • Susan, no. He was in the trees strip on the right side after passing the Woods Trail parking lot and then the dike on right. There’s a pullout on the left across from that area. There are also Wood Duck boxes within that tree line/swampy area. I actually saw two DFS in there but focused on the one that scampered up the tree to sit. Looked back and the other one was gone!

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