Red Squirrel

It was just few days ago when it was and as well felt like winter, how things have changed so fast. It was during one of those winter days I came across this red squirrel perched on a branch and eating the seeds from a spruce cone.

Until next moment,

Amar

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

The larger fauna tend to get most of the attention compared to the small. If they are small and common, even less. The red squirrels fall in the later camp, they are found across Canada, often the only mammal spotted or heard during hikes. Occasionally they come across fame when they or their cousins photobomb visitors photos. But for most part they go about their business when not concerned about being on the dinner plate of many predators who find them tasty. They are found year around, except when they are staying warm underground during cold days. Since I see them so often, I always wait to get their pictures when they stand out. That was they case few weeks back, while walking through the forest.

Until next moment,

Amar

Red Squirrel

Red Squirrel

When there is complete absence of pigment in the skin hair and eyes, the organism is called an albino. But if the organism has diminished amount of pigment, it is referred to as albinoid, as is the red squirrel in the picture. Its natural colours are visible in its eyes and various parts of its body. For this squirrel it challenging enough surviving in the forest in its natural colours, let along sticking out like this. There are number of defects associated with albinism as well, which can shorten the life span of an animal. But this squirrel is doing not to bad, first spotted last spring by others before my turn came last week.

Until next moment,

Amar