Sunday, December 27, 2015

Eastern gray squirrel with white ear tufts

Visiting friends in Ann Arbor yesterday.  They live in a great area with woods and a tree-filled golf course behind the woods abutting their back yard.  The house has an upper level deck with bird feeders and yesterday the tufted titmice, black-capped chickadees and one white-breast nuthatch were busy.   

Cleaning up the spilled seeds on the deck below was this [probably] juvenile Eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) with white ear tufts.  I looked through gray squirrel photos on Google images and a couple did show squirrels with white ear tufts.  Additionally, there were photos of completely albino gray squirrels.  I took these photos through the picture window with my iPhone camera.

This little squirrel was so cute and the first I've seen with white ear tufts.

1 comment:

Jerry said...

I have one of the palest red squirrels coming to my feeder. Ghostly white with a tinge of orange along the back. Shows up early in the morning so it really pops against the dark background! Nice post, Cathy!