Gray squirrel track:
Gray squirrel track:
Milling about on the lawn were both common phases of the Eastern gray squirrel.
Two crows got on camera as they ate turkey leftovers, but a gray squirrel got captured too.
You’re gonna have to look hard to see him though.
Trail cameras do pull of some nice ones, every once in a while.
Posted in Carnivorans, Marsupials, wildlife, tagged deer mouse, Eastern gray squirrel, Eastern grey squirrel, gray squirrel, melanistic gray squirrel, Northern raccoon, opossum, Peromyscus, raccoon, Virginia opossum, White-footed Mouse on March 14, 2015|
This week we had several visitors on the trail cameras. Keep in mind that one of these cameras has a messed up clock, so the time stamp reads that the video was taken in 2068. These cameras are pretty good technology, but they aren’t that good!
Let’s start small. Here’s a white-footed mouse or a deer mouse:
I can’t tell whether it is a white-footed mouse or a deer mouse, which is hard enough to do in the broad daylight. These animals are in the genus Peromyscus, and although we call them mice, they aren’t closely related to the mice that originated in Old World. New World rats and mice are more closely related to voles, hamsters, and lemmings than to house mice and Norway rats.
Then we got a light-colored opossum:
A good close-up of a melanistic gray squirrel:
And a large raccoon:
Because of the size of the raccoon, I am assuming that this one was a male. He was coming to inspect a pile of sticks and logs that I have anointed with weasel lure.
I got a better photo of a black squirrel on the trail camera this week.
Melanism in Eastern gray squirrels does have some advantage in heavily forested environments. I have a lot harder time seeing the black ones against tree trunks and branches, especially if the leaves are on.
However, if one of these squirrels runs out in the open, it is obvious to every hawk that might be staking out the area.
The really cold temperatures must be messing with the time stamp. Neither of these two videos came from 2068.
These are melanistic Eastern gray squirrel, and there aren’t many of them in West Virginia.
Two of them here, and you can see where black color is an advantage in deep cover: