Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sunday Squirrel

Douglas' Squirrel, Tamiasciurus douglasii.

This Douglas' Squirrel was at a bird feeder in a nature reserve. It looks to me a youngster, born early this summer.

The Douglas' Squirrel is the native diurnal squirrel in this part of British Columbia, and lives in forests that contain stands of coniferous trees. Much of its former habitat in the Lower Mainland has been cleared, and in suburban areas you are much more likely to encounter introduced Eastern Grey Squirrels, which can be grey, black, or intermediately coloured. I've written about the two species previously. Take home message: Douglas' Squirrel is much cuter.

1 comment:

Earl Cootie said...

Oh, yes. Diminutive size. Contrasting red belly. Trill sounding like a dying alarm clock. Definitely cuter.