Richardson’s Ground Squirrels

Farmer’s don’t like Richardson’s Ground Squirrels much, they dig holes that could break the legs on livestock and eat grains and the shoots of plants, I can understand those concerns. But I have to say… I love them, they are fun to watch and photograph.

Richardson's Ground Squirrel

Richardson’s Ground Squirrel – Nikon D200, f16, 1/250, ISO 400, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light

I photographed these Richardson’s Ground Squirrels (Spermophilus richardsonii) in Glacier County in Montana.

Richardson's Ground SquirrelRichardson’s Ground Squirrel – Nikon D200, f6.3, 1/1500, ISO 400, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 200-400mm VR with 1.4x TC at 400mm, natural light.

They might be “varmits” to some but to me they are another wildlife subject that I get a kick out of photographing.



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About Mia McPherson

I am a nature lover, wildlife watcher and a bird photographer. I first become serious about bird photography when I moved to Florida in 2004 and it wasn’t long before I was hooked (addicted is more like it). My move to the Salt Lake area of Utah was a great opportunity to continue observing their behavior and to pursue my passion for photographing birds.


  1. Those little ears make this species adorable!

  2. Very cute photos Mia, I love Richardson’s Ground Squirrels!

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