Ekorre is ’squirrel’, Sciurus vulgaris. It’s a common Germanic word of unknown origin, c.f. Norwegian ikorn, German Eichhörnchen, Old English acweorna. As ek in Swedish and Eiche in German mean ‘oak’ the word has easily been associated with the tree, but that is a folk etymology.
The English word comes via Old French from Vulgar Latin *scuriolus, diminutive of *scurius, variant of Latin sciurus, from Greek skiouros, 'squirrel' literally 'shadow-tailed', from skia 'shadow' and oura 'tail'.
This little fellow has been visiting us for some days now. Here he sits under the bird feeder. Just like the deer he is gray in winter, but will soon hopefully put on his brown summer jacket.
This is my first blog entry since last summer. Will try to keep it up...