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Just about every day, I see one of our local ground squirrels climb up on my back fence, and sit there, perched (probably on look-out duty while the others forage for food). I just looked outside . . .

And today there are TWO of them up there! And they had their tails crossed in a way that reminded me of holding hands. OMG THEY ARE SO CUTE! And, of course, my camera is set up in the bathroom for high-speed photography . . . I'm going to try and get some pictures anyway.

*runs to grab camera*

ARGH! They're too smart for me! They can see me walking around in the dining room. One of them ran away before I'd even set up the camera. I did get some photos of the other one, who was first hanging out in one of my empty terra cotta pots. The photos are fairly crap, though, since I took them with my small lens, and through a window. Still, I the squirrel is cute enough anyway for me to post this one photo:

Backyard Squirrel!

I think what I need to do for the future is set up the camera ahead of time, so I can sneak over and just snap the picture. Yeah. That sounds like a good plan for a day when I'm not doing other things with the camera.


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May. 9th, 2008 11:00 pm (UTC)
But that's not a ground squirrel. That's a squirrel squirrel.

It *is* cute, though. All squirrels except the ones in my attic are cute.

May. 9th, 2008 11:08 pm (UTC)
Nope. It's definitely a ground squirrel. It looks sort of squirrel-squirrelly because the photo is so bad . . . if you could see the whole little dude, though, you'd see the speckled fur, and the lack of a "proper" squirrel tail.

We have both kinds here, although I see the ground squirrels a lot more often, as they have a colony in the hills just behind my house. The red (and occasionally gray) squirrels only come in the back once in a great while, on vacation from the front yard. :D
May. 9th, 2008 11:23 pm (UTC)
Oh . . . and it's just occurred to me that what we call "ground squirrels" here (Spermophilus beecheyi, the California ground squirrel) might not be what you call "ground squirrels" in your neck of the woods; in a lot of places, that term is used to refer to any of a variety of species of chipmunks. Our ground squirrels are a lot "squirrel-ier" than those kinds of "ground squirrels." :)

To be honest, I think of them all as "ground squirrels." I'd call prairie dogs and marmots "ground squirrels," even though they're different genuses as well.

(Badgers are definitely not ground squirrels, but they're cute and furry too, so it seemed like a good icon nonetheless). :D

Edited to fix a somewhat unclear statement about chipmunks. :D

Edited at 2008-05-09 11:25 pm (UTC)
May. 10th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
That is cute! I've mentioned repeatedly how much I wish I could take and could afford a photography class and real, good equipment. There was something the other day that we tried to capture with our little digital camera and totally missed it. I forget what it was, but wildlife were also involved. They're quick! :)
May. 12th, 2008 07:53 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I could never get photos like this with my compact digital. And even this one was pretty lame; it would have been much better with the big zoom lens. (Which I've been too lazy to put on; soon though, I will. I'm thinking about doing some bird photography). So this is one case where equipment really does make a difference.
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