Friday, May 30, 2008

Columbian Ground Squirrel

Camera Critters

Who Me?
You Talking to Me!

Columbian Ground Squirrel
(Spermophilus columbianus)

Click on the Photo for an Up Close and Personal Meeting


Look at My Fine Profile,
See My Steely Gaze.
Notice My ‘Ready to Pounce’ Stance,
And My Long Razor-Sharp Claws.
Don’t Mess With Me.


Photographed at Two Medicine Lakes in Glacier National Park.

The Columbian Ground Squirrel is common in the interior of the Northwest, in mountain meadows, prairies, and farmland. Sometimes it becomes a pest in agricultural fields. Normally very social, except when giving the Clint Eastwood 'tough guy' pose and 'Robert De Niro' quote. Males defend their individual territory within a colony setting. It has different alarm calls when it spots aerial predators, than for those on the ground. They may store food in the burrow during the summer for use when emerging in the spring from hibernation. They are large, dark gray above, quite reddish below and on the face, forelegs, and near the tail. Martha and I thought they were quite beautiful.

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Troy and Martha


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by Martha

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at Midnight in Coldfoot
in the land of the Midnight Sun

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32 comments:

AphotoAday said...

Super nice shots of this little guy...   Quite a character!

Neva said...

He looks very interesting!

The Texican said...

I love watching squirrels. They have such personality. All the other shots are great also. I just scrolled down and took a look at those beautiful sunsets captured by Martha. Great job.

Carol said...

he is such a cutie... i love the captions you wrote with each pic... you had me chuckling...

i enjoyed!

Erik said...

I stumbled across your blog reading comments on Fancy Sweden's blog. What a great find!?!

I'm glad I found your blog. Great photos and blogging. Keep up the great work!

Erik

fishing guy said...

Tom: Very nicely done, great squirrel pictures.

Cathrine said...

cute :)

LingoVise said...

these are super duper sweet! great captures.

Misty Dawn said...

Oh my gosh - this is a fantastic post! I LOVE the photos - they are spectacular, and then your giving some education too, makes this post GREAT!

Sue said...

Great pics of the wee guy! And thank you for the information on these squirrels.

Happy CC and have a great week ahead!

Mine is posted here:

My Life In The Urban Zoo

Me & my puppies said...

He's looking for something. Looks like me, got there and now can't remember what he came for.

the teach said...

Troy and Martha, my Camera Critters post was up about 5 minutes after you visited me... I'm sorry you missed it! Your photos of the squirrel are remarkable!! Were you hiding so he didn't see you? :D

AppleDebbie said...

Great photos... I really like the profile shot!

ratmammy said...

So cute!

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

too cute and nice of him to pose for you!!

Kittilicious said...

Oh he's just adorable!!! I'm always on the lookout for critters... don't get many in town, though! :-)

Duncan said...

A handsome little animal indeed, Troy and Martha.

david mcmahon said...

Nice work - I didn't realise they had such long tails!

imac said...

Great shots of your Critter, looks as tho he wants to be nosey.


Pop and see my CC.

Steven and Aisha said...

It's good to know something about this little creature. :) Really cute!

Tammy said...

He's cute! Are they more like a ground hog or squirrel?

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

I love photographing these types of critters... they are fun and have the best personalities in the world when you can get them to sit still... LOL... these are fantastic photos!
The Rocky Mountain Retreat

Shannon H. said...

He doesn't seem to mind getting his picture taken! Great shots.

i beati said...

lots of good info here and a willing model ahha sk

Carletta said...

What a wonderful photo!
You did a great job in capturing this little guy!

Teena said...

Great shots!

I played too :)

Corey~living and loving said...

WOW! those are stunning. What you shooting with. I'm in the market for good zoom, so I am always asking. You have a great eye. enjoy your photography.
happy CC!

andrée said...

A very beautiful and lively little thing. I love the photos in the large view. Those claws are awesome!

Sandpiper said...

What a little cutie!

Stacey Huston said...

I grew up not far from glacier.. we call these guys goffers..My parents raised on (before I was born) and It loved to ride in the car, on the dash.. It would stand up and whistle everytime a truck went by.. great post. thanks for sharing.

Marvin said...

It is a beautiful creature -- and very well captured in these photos. Great work.

Daryl said...

Adorable ...

Where did your brother stay for $600 a nite ... had to be near Times Sq .. surely not on the Upper Westside .. unreal ... its a wonder anyone visits NYC .. really the prices at hotels are out of control.

And thanks for sending him to read/see my blog!

:-Daryl