Saturday, February 4, 2012
D ~ Douglas Squirrel , Tamiasciurus douglasii
Our little native squirrel most often found in the deep woods feasting on the seeds of fir and hemlock cones. They are a perfect example of selective camouflage. The upper side of their body blends in with the tone and color of the tree bark. The underside is a pretty golden rust color that resembles the color of the wood inside the broken trees and branches.
Douglas Squirrels gather mushrooms and hang them to dry in branches. When you find terrestrial mushrooms hanging up, you will often be warned off by the sassy scolding of its harvester.