Uinta Ground Squirrel Calling from a Lichen Covered Boulder

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Calling Uinta Ground SquirrelCalling Uinta Ground Squirrel – Nikon D810, f9, 1/640, ISO 500, -0.7 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I was very happy to photograph this Uinta Ground Squirrel calling from a lichen covered boulder last week in southwestern Montana. I like these little squirrels a lot and don’t get to see them all that much because they are really only above ground for a few months a year. I also liked it because it was on top of a orange-red lichen covered boulder and it was calling out loudly.

Maybe it was saying “I am not cold, don’t put me in the back or your vehicle!”, “Step away from the hot springs now!” or “I’m smiling already, take the picture!”.  Perhaps it was simply using its outdoor voice to warn other ground squirrels about the woman with the long lens peering at them.

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Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child June 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Mine. All mine. I was here first.

  2. dinahmow June 9, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    “It’s NOT ginger! It’s ‘Sienna Glow’!”

  3. Patty Chadwick June 9, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I can almost hear that ear-piercing whistle-squeak from here!!! Sure has its alarm face on….

    • Patty Chadwick June 9, 2016 at 10:01 am

      “Don’t put me in the back of your vehicle”…I wonder what was really going on with that baby bison…and where the heck its mama was…can’t figure put how those well-meaning, but unknowing folks got away with doing that if she, or a bull, were anywhere around…I still have a lot of unanswered question about that whole sad, unfortunate incident…

  4. Bob McPherson June 9, 2016 at 5:45 am

    Cute photo, Mia.

  5. Patrick June 9, 2016 at 5:00 am


    • Kathy Lopez June 9, 2016 at 6:05 am


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