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Milling about on the lawn were both common phases of the Eastern gray squirrel.

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I got a better photo of a black squirrel on the trail camera this week.

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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.

 

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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.

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Two of them here, and you can see where black color is an advantage in deep cover:

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The trail camera info listed the temperature on this photos as -2 degrees Fahrenheit.

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What you can get on a trail camera on a winter’s day.

 

 

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Captured by trail camera, not shotgun.

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I finally drew some blood before this year went out:

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Just need three more of them for a meal.

This squirrel was very fat, leaving off all the acorns that had fallen this year.

 

 

 

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Miley treed a squirrel today, but after it took to the trees, it let loose quite few alarm calls:

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I came across this little melanistic gray squirrel today, and naive as he is, he just sat there on that white oak branch and let me take a few photos and a few seconds of video of him.

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In this particular stretch of woods there are black variants and normal gray variants, but they come in more color variants than I can describe here.

Eastern gray squirrels have two litters per year. This one was born in the late winter winter litter.  Its mother is likely already pregnant with her midsummer litter which will be born some time next month.

As I mentioned, I did get a little bit of video of this squirrel before he darted off:

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We don’t poke them out of dreys, but the rest is pretty similar:

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As someone who has seen dozens of melanistic gray squirrels, I can say that this is one of them.

It is not unusual to find melanistic individuals with gray or brown banding on their hairs.

I have seen these black squirrels with red tails– and they definitely were not fox squirrels.   The tail was pure golden red like a golden retriever, not sabled like a collie, which indicative of a northern fox squirrel.

 

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