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12 July 2008 @ 01:04 am
Ground Squirrels  
I'm quickly ticking away the squirrel species found in California. On the July 4th weekend trip, I found two more species that I could photograph. Here are the Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel and the White-tailed Antelope Squirrel.




Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel - on a fallen tree




... and where it really belongs: on the ground! :)






White-tailed Antelope Squirrel. If you see a squirrel jumping across the road with its tail up, in the Mojave - it is most likely going to be this one. I would have loved to get him out in the sun, but it quickly went away under the bush in rattlesnake country and the harsh sun wasn't encouraging me to stay out and wait for him. :)





 
 
 
Margaretrivendweller on July 12th, 2008 11:50 am (UTC)
The first two are chipmunks! We don't call them squirrels here :-)

Of course, we're probably wrong, too. We had a little guy around here earlier in the Spring eating the sunflower seeds. He drove the cats crazy!
Kathy Walkerkatbyte on July 12th, 2008 12:36 pm (UTC)
Yep, chipmunks is what I have always called them.

I am sure they are squirrels, but not to me.
Yathinyathin on July 12th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I thought they were chipmunks too when I photographed, but when I got back home and referred my "Mammals of North America" book I realized they weren't chipmunks, but ground squirrels. Apparently these squirrels are different from the western chipmunks in the sense that they lack stripes on their head. Here's the wikipedia entry for them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-mantled_Ground_Squirrel
Kathy Walkerkatbyte on July 12th, 2008 04:43 pm (UTC)
You are going to be much better educated on the animals than I am, that's for sure!! Good for you.
Yathinyathin on July 12th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
I thought they were chipmunks too when I photographed, but when I got back home and referred my "Mammals of North America" book I realized they weren't chipmunks, but ground squirrels. Apparently these squirrels are different from the western chipmunks in the sense that they lack stripes on their head. Here's the wikipedia entry for them: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden-mantled_Ground_Squirrel
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Yathinyathin on July 12th, 2008 04:33 pm (UTC)
There are about half a dozen squirrel species here which have stripes and most of the striped species are called chipmunks here.

Edited at 2008-07-12 04:33 pm (UTC)
gkozlovgkozlov on September 26th, 2008 05:17 am (UTC)
Excellent photos. What kind of camera do you use? And where have you seen golden mantles? Sierra?
Yathinyathin on September 26th, 2008 05:30 am (UTC)
I use a D300 and a bunch of lenses. Here's the full list: http://yathin.livejournal.com/profile

Gold-mantled were quite common in the Sequoia National Park and they were all over in the mountains of Utah and Arizona - at least they seemed to be when I drove out there during my summer vacation.
depontideponti on July 12th, 2008 02:25 pm (UTC)
Great pictures, please don't be apologetic about them...leave that to people like me!

Enjoy your posts very much indeed.
kejnkejn on July 14th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
squirrels in chipmunk clothes, sneaky bastards. :-)