Uinta Ground Squirrel near East Canyon Creek in the Wasatch Mountains

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Uinta Ground Squirrel near East Canyon CreekUinta Ground Squirrel near East Canyon Creek – Nikon D500, f8, 1/1000, ISO 320, -0.3 EV, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

Even though I am primarily a bird photographer I simply can not resist photographing the other creatures I find out in the wild. The same day I photographed the Green-tailed Towhee and the Yellow Warbler high up in the Wasatch Mountains I found a few Uinta Ground Squirrels there too. Uinta Ground Squirrels only spend a few months above ground and the rest of the time they hibernate or estivate underground so my window of opportunity to photograph this species is limited.

There were three Uinta Ground Squirrels in the riparian zone along East Canyon Creek and I felt that I had to take photos of them in the bright, clear light, they were so cute. The adult ground squirrel had the best light on it but it always stayed partially hidden in the lush grasses. All of the squirrels were so close that I had trouble fitting them into my view finder so I decided to leave my teleconverter on and take close up photos of the adult. I’m glad I did.

Life is good.



  1. Laura Culley June 6, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Patty, you’re right on target! All I can say this time of year is AWWWWW! Now, when the hawks are out hunting, I have a different verbiage 🙂

  2. Elephants Child June 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Super cute. And Patty is right. Love one, love them all.

  3. Patty Chadwick June 6, 2017 at 10:17 am

    They really are cute!!! If you like birds, you like wildlife…probably ALL wildlife, wilf flowers and wild areas…I love them all and appreciate your sharing pictures like these, too….

  4. Nicole Haller-Wilson June 6, 2017 at 8:53 am

    I feed my backyard birds sunflower seeds, however it’s really the squirrels I feed… they are lovely creatures!

  5. Bob mcphersons June 6, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Cool photos, MiA.

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