Friday, October 16, 2015

Albino Squirrel

I put this photo on Facebook a few days ago and asked if anyone had a different idea and no one did so I'm going with Albino Squirrel.  Albinism is a lack of pigment that causes hair, or fur, or feathers to lack any coloring.  We found this guy while birding at nearby Brush College City Park.  We are used to hearing and seeing squirrels in the parks where we bird so don't always pay close attention. But the odd lack of color in this squirrel caught our attention.  I believe it to be a Eastern Gray Squirrel, which is a non-native squirrel that has been introduced and is very common in the urban areas of the Willamette Valley.  You can bet in future bird walks at Brush College we will be keeping an eye out for this particular and unusual squirrel.

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