Sunday, December 26, 2010

New Squirrel

Arriving back at Buckskin Mountain State Park this afternoon after our drive from Surprise, we were in need of a little bit of leg stretching.  So, we took off on a hike and while climbing up the Lightning Bolt Trail we spotted what looked like a chipmunk on the canyon wall. After returning to camp, down loading the photos, and pouring over identification books, I came up with the identification of a Harris's Antelope Squirrel.  They look and act like chipmunks, holding their tails straight up when they flee.  This one is feeding on a mesquite tree bean. The strange thing is this is the first squirrel we have ever seen here.  We didn’t see any in the four months we were here last year.  

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