On the HSU campus.
Douglas' squirrel midden
Douglas squirrel scat, seed cache, and midden feeding sign. From Cybertracker eval Nov 2013.
I surprised this Douglas squirrel, causing it to drop the cone it was feeding on. Below the squirrel's perch, I found this small midden pile. The tree had plenty of dropped cones around it. There was also a standing dead snag tree next to it, which might be a possible location for a cache or nest.
I guess it's just Otospermophilus beecheyi, but it had pointy ears.
The tracks of a Douglas squirrel in a puddle deep in the Redmond Watershed.
Clear tracks in a drying puddle on a forest trail. No other squirrel species found in these mature, second growth forests.
The Douglas Squirrel, scientific name Tamiasciurus douglasii, is a pine squirrel found in the Pacific coastal states and provinces of North America. It is sometimes known as the Chickaree or Pine Squirrel, but since Chickaree is also used for the American Red Squirrel and Pine Squirrel for the genus Tamiasciurus, these alternative names are better avoided. Variant spellings of the common name are Douglas' Squirrel and Douglas's Squirrel. The Native Americans of Kings River called it...