This is a request for help finding three specific species of squirrel in the United States: the Fox Squirrel, the Western Gray Squirrel, and the Douglas Squirrel (pictured left, in a photo taken from Alan Bauer's photography website).
There are hundreds of squirrel species in the world, but the ones that I have most experience with are the Eurasian Red Squirrel (which lives in parts of the British Isles, including the Isle of Wight where I grew up) and the Eastern Grey Squirrel - the infamous rascal which has made its home in many cities throughout the US and Europe.
Rik, another sciuraphile like myself, noted that I haven't posted much about squirrels recently, and that's sadly because here in Tennessee the squirrels are treated as vermin which makes them especially wary of people and hard to interact with. But my interest in squirrels has not abated - I'm just lacking the opportunities. When I next visit my family on the Isle of Wight, I shall try and get some red squirrel photos to share, but in the meantime I'd like to call on the internet for help locating certain species.
There are three US squirrel species I've not yet seen:
- The Fox Squirrel is similar in size to an Eastern Grey Squirrel, but has the russet red colouration of the Eastern Grey Squirrel. It's range takes in the north east seaboard (New England and so forth), west as far as California, and allegedly into Texas as well.
- The Western Grey Squirrel is found on the western seaboard, particularly in California and Washington. They are far more shy than Eastern Greys, but beyond this I'm at a loss as to how to distinguish them from their more common relatives.
- The Douglas Squirrel is a small red-furred pine squirrel that lives primarily in the coniferous forests on the west coast of the US. They are small, like most other Red Squirrels, perhaps even smaller, and in the winter have ear tufts.
Do you have squirrels of these species living near you? Do you have photos or video feeds you can share? Can you describe ways to distinguish Western Greys from Eastern Greys, or Douglas Squirrels from American Red Squirrels? Where can I visit where I have a virtual certainty of encountering squirrels from these three species? Let me know in the comments!