Thursday, June 18, 2009
Denali - Red Squirrels
This spruce dwelling Red Squirrel is quite common in Denali.
When hiking in the woods they are real chatter guys. When I was searching for the beavers in the previous post, in fact, located the above fellow by his sound. After watching him for awhile, he would go to the exact branch location to chew on a spruce cone. As you can see I was able to get quite close. If you look closely you can see pieces of the cone in the air flying as he devours the seeds.
During this time of year the Red Squirrels are cutting and storing green spruce cones. They also create "middens", which are basically the accumulation of the remains of the cone scales and storage area for caching cones. Some of the middens are right good size.