Go nuts for national SQUIRREL month!

It is difficult not to love squirrels – they are just simply AWESOME!DSC_0392

Big bushy tails, relentless nut foraging, endearing nut hiding/losing – what is there not to love?!

My love of squirrels was fuelled three-fold during our recent trip to California, where the State just seems to be overrun by these adorable little critters.  Unlike here in the UK, where the invasive eastern grey squirrel has banished the indigenous red squirrel to a few small parts of the country, meaning that for most of us, a squirrel = a grey squirrel, California boasts being home to a multitude of different species, and also to many types of chipmunks and marmots.

Here as just some of the squirrels (and some other cute rodents) we met in our trip…

Western Grey Squirrel (Yosemite Nat’l Park)DSC_0884 DSC_0887

Californian Ground Squirrel (Yosemite Nat’l Park, Cambria, Lassen Nat’l Park, CA)DSC_0770DSC_0531DSC_8512DSC_8508DSC_1069DSC_0746Douglas Squirrel or Chickaree (Lassen Nat’l Park, CA)

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Golden-mantled Ground Squirrel (Lassen Nat’l Park, CA)DSC_0090DSC_0080

Yellow-bellied Marmot (Lassen Nat’l Park, CA)DSC_0534DSC_0543

Chipmunk (Lassen Nat’l Park, CA)DSC_0042And remember, if you are visiting any of the US’ fabulous National Parks, DON’T FEED THE SQUIRRELS (or, indeed, any of the critters living there)! This is why…

Obese Squirrel

Obese Squirrel (Resident at Yosemite Lodge)

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