Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels on Saskatchewan Roads

Today, to remind myself and others that Prairie Nature is not all for the birds, another Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel.

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel -- I love the markings! © SB 

I love these long and skinny, striped and spotted guys and had fun recently watching (through my camera's long lens) a female moving her young across a grid road.

And watching a tiny 13-lined Ground Squirrel watch me... (They are very small, even if snake-like in proportions...)

And watching one standing on guard, Meerkat-style, in the grass at the edge of the gravel.

What fascinating little creatures we have in Saskatchewan.

Mother moving baby Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel -- as seen through telephoto, and enlarged.
The young one at left, apparently left behind, looks so bewildered...   © SB 

Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel on guard © SB 

What is this? A Thirteen-Lined Ground Squirrel.
Location: Near Muenster, Saskatchewan.
Photo Dates: Top and bottom, July 21, 2014; Centre, July 7, 2014. 


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