Red Squirrel – 4/25/24

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 4/25/24

Observation Time: 9:00 a.m.

Observation Location: Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary

Common Name: Red Squirrel

Scientific Name: Tamiasciurus hudsonicus

Comments: I encountered this red squirrel perched on a branch just a few feet from the boardwalk through the wetland at Moose Hill Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. It was surprisingly unafraid of me, and posed while I took these photos.

Red squirrels can be easily distinguished from other North American tree squirrels by their smaller size, territorial behavior, and reddish fur with a white underbelly. Red squirrels are somewhat larger than chipmunks and lack chipmunks’ distinctive stripes.

More Information: Wikipedia