Friday, October 27, 2017

UNUSUAL COLOUR-VARIATION SQUIRREL PHOTOGRAPHED NEAR POWER HOUSE

This "red" squirrel was recently photographed by Eva Maar Thresher near the bridge on North Creek, just north of the spruce grove across the path from the Power House.

Eva contacted Ontario Nature for help with the I.D.

Here is what she was told ......

"In fact this is not a Red Squirrel (Tamiasciurus Hudsonicus), which are indeed smaller and have more orange and grey fur, as well as a white eye ring. 

This is an unusual red variation of a gray squirrel.

Gray squirrels have some colour variability, for instance the black squirrels you see are actually black-furred gray squirrels and you may have heard of white squirrels sighted at Trinity Bellwoods Park, also gray squirrels, or you might have also seen black squirrels with white-tipped tails, yet again also gray squirrels. The photo you took shows a rare occurrence of a rather red-furred gray squirrel."

SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT IT AROUND THAT AREA.  GOOD LUCK.

3 comments:

Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre said...

Spotted this little guy yesterday in the park and made the faulty assumption it was a red squirrel - very informative, thanks for sharing!

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