Yes they are cute, Clicker......... even more so when you see them scampering up and down these tall pines in a spiral. They are so fast.
The problem is, where there are squirrels, red or grey, there are Pine Martens..... The smaller, lighter red squirrel can get out to the very tips of the branches where the grey squirrels can't reach and hence the grey squirrels get caught first by the Pine Martens.
Research has also shown that the scent of a Pine Marten is built into the red squirrel's DNA, and once smelled, the red squirrels beat a hasty retreat. The grey squirrels don't have this advantage and fall more readily to the Pine Marten - so hopefully the trend will start to reverse.
Regarding the green wire - it was probably attached to a feeder, there were a lot of them about.
I was in Scotland for three weeks, and while I kept roughly to my itinerary, I frequently got lost. There was an occasion when a closed road caused me to take a 150 mile detour round a couple of large lochs and even longer glens. I didn't have a clue where I was.
What really tickled me was the road classifications. This is the A838, a single track road with passing places.