I think this rodent is such a cutie with the big bushy tail. The Red Squirrel is commonly found in Ontario, but we have them here. The bushy tail makes them adorable, but it plays an important role in their survival. They use it to keep them warm in winter, but it can work as an umbrella when it rains. It is a signal for danger or a warning to other squirrels. When jumping from tree to tree or running along wires, the tail helps them keep their balance.
Squirrels are such a nuisance to gardeners and homeowners, but they are also very entertaining.
Lots of folks call pest control on them, especially when they invade attics.
Seeing them in the forested habitat where they actually prefer makes them far more interesting to photograph. Those little ear tufts make the Red Squirrel such a cute little rodent. On Garden Walk Garden Talk, see another rodent, the Pine Marten.