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Douglas Squirrel

Douglas Squirrel
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-03-22
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-24 12:54
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Tamiasciurus douglasii

The Douglas Squirrel – also called a Chickaree– is the species you are most likely to see in the forests of western Washington and Oregon. These bold little animals are very vocal and will often bark, growl, or whistle at (i.e. ‘scold’) those they perceive as intruders, including well-intentioned hikers and naturalists.


Douglas Squirrels are 11-14 in length (28-36 cm). They have brown fur on their backs and orange or orange-white fur on their bellies. A black line may run along the squirrel’s sides, dividing the dorsal and ventral fur.

The ears are tipped with black tufts and their is a ring of light-colored fur around the eye.

Habitat and Range

Douglas Squirrels live in coniferous forests from British Columbia south to the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.

Old tree cavities excavated by woodpeckers are used as nests by Douglas Squirrels in the winter (they do not hibernate). The squirrels make dreys out of abandoned crow nests and use these in the warmer months.


The primary food source for this squirrel is nuts from conifer cones, including those from fir, pine, spruce, and hemlock. Piles of Douglas Fir cone scales at the base of a tree are evidence of Douglas Squirrel feeding.

Green cones are clipped from trees by Douglas Squirrels in the autumn. The squirrels then stash the cones in caches called middens. Hollow spaces under logs or rocks are common places for middens. A midden serves as a sort of pantry in winter, when food is otherwise scarce for squirrels. Hundreds of cones might be piled in a midden and these may accessed for several years.

Douglas Squirrels also east mushrooms, berries, and seeds.


Owls, Northern Goshawks, American Martens, Bobcats, foxes, Coyotes, and domestic cats all eat Douglas Squirrels.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-24 15:51]

Hi Manyee,magnificent capture of this gray squirrel in the dinner break time,the details and the colors are truly beautiful,nice and tender position too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2014-03-24 17:34]

Hello Manyee,
This is the first time for me to view this beautiful squirrel. I have been to California one time, but never saw this cute little fellow. It's body shape and features remind me a lot of a Red Squirrel, but the colors of it's coat are completely different.
Perfectly photographed and displaying exceptional detail and just the right exposure. Thank you for sharing this attractive image with us.

Hello Manyee!
A perfect shot; great DOF,impressive POV and superb clarity.I am seeing this little squirrel for the first time. Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Mr.Manyee Desandies,
Very elegant posed with cute sitting pose attractive me.Nice sharp focus on subject.Good clarity and POV.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Very cute in its posture and a very nice pic too.
best regards

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