HELP! - Tough squirrels from Glacier Park, Big Pine CAsquirrels
Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:08 PM
By range these should be Douglas's Squirrels. They are a pretty good match until I get to their bellies and eye-ring. Douglas's Squirrels should have a golden/orange/buff belly, and a buff colored eye-ring.
These squirrels have a white belly and white eye-ring which makes them a better match to the Red Squirrel but they are out of range for a Red Squirrel.
According to Kaufman's field guide there is some overlap in range and they are best seperated by the color of their underparts and eye-ring. This is all well and good except the area I saw them in does not fall into the overlap area. Red Squirrel's range does not come into California at all.
Too confuse matters more, the dark squirrel is a very good match for the Mount Graham sub-species of Red Squirrel.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:11 PM
This is a sicky picute but the sillouette shows the slightly tufted ears these squirrels had.
Posted 24 August 2012 - 06:13 PM
This is the dark squirrel. This squirrel was a dark charcoal color.
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