California ground squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)

Gray Digger

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Watching from the shadows
Gray digger

The California Gray squirrel is common in California and Oregon and has invaded parts of southern Washington. A seed eater, it digs underground burrows and favors stump and brush piles. Families will live in a burrow complex. Although burrows may be out in open, more often they are in a somewhat protected area. They usually stay pretty close to the burrow and when disturbed head for the burrow quickly. They store seeds in the burrow when available, and hibernate in the burrow in the winter.

It is common for them to sit up and look. As here they blend in well, and sit perfectly still.

Additional information: see Wikpedia - California ground squirrel

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