Leaving a Jan 2015 trip with the family to Smithsonian’s Natural History Museum, walking along the DC Mall I noticed this Cooper’s hawk stalking squirrels. There were actually two squirrels. The mother was up above in think vines, calling, tail flicking. The young one (born this Fall) was the prey of choice. It was amazing watching the hawk position itself such that the squirrel would then move into a more favorable position. I’m not sure what the final outcome was (after 15 minutes my cold dad had enough of hawk & squirrel watching). Video
The squirrelologists are back on campus, traps are open, collars are ready to be deployed, and collared squirrels are being followed. What could make a National Squirrel Appreciation Day better? Only an albino grey squirrel–I took this picture in a city park in Columbus, OH in late-Dec 2014.
Funny blog by Bangor Daily News outdoor writer John Holyoke on his long-term interactions with red squirrels while out deer hunting. What do you think, is he seeing the same squirrel? No no no!!!
Well lightning struck a second time…in a week. We found a second roadkill collared squirrel, quite to close the the previous. This one was found just steps away from where it had originally been collared.
Well we have collared around 40 squirrels, ear-tagged another 70, and no roadkill. Until now. One of our collared squirrels, 526, was found on Hills Beach Road with a fatal head strike. This is an interesting squirrel for a few reasons. First, it was collared about 700 m from where it was found dead. Its collar only worked for about a month, but this was its second, so we have quite a bit of information. Looking forward into digging into its history….