Saturday, June 5, 2010
Back To The Forest
When I got well and good inside this quiet forest I saw an animal shape in front of a fallen log off to my left. It looked like it might be a squirrel of some kind, so I knew I had found my first friend of the day. Upon closer inspection I discovered that this creature was much bigger than any tree squirrel, and after a closer look I discovered that my new friend was a Groundhog. The first one I've ever seen inside the forest.
The particular tree squirrels I found here were two Black Squirrels that were chasing each other around a tree. The forest was actually very dark here, but it looked brighter high up in the trees. I like to call black squirrels the ninjas of the forest. A ninja dresses in dark colors to conceal himself and he moves like a ghost. A black squirrel does much the same thing in his forest home. Very hard to see, and even harder to photograph. You might want to click on the photo to get a better look.
I caught a few glimpses of these Chipmunks along the way, but they were always too fast for my camera. That is until this little one stopped just long enough for me to get this picture. Chipmunks are actually also a type of squirrel. All three of these creatures that I've shown are members of the Sciuridae family, which is the technical name for squirrels.
There were other creatures out here with me, but the squirrels were the ones I encountered most often. I'm glad they were because they are some of the most sociable animals there are. And for some reason the squirrels of this particular forest seem to have grown a little bigger than I usually see. It must be a good place to call home.