Red Squirrel

The Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus) is pretty common in the Great Smoky Mountains. This one, on the Rainbow Falls trail up the side of Mount LeConte, was kind enough to pose for us.

The classic identification marks are all visible here; reddish-brown back, white belly, white rings around eyes. Some will have ear tufts in season, though this one has only the faintest wisps of tufts.

Early March 2008.

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johnmnichols

johnmnichols - Mar 12, 2008 8:14 am - Voted 10/10

Great Close-Up

The wildlife around LeConte is incredibly tame. On the Alum Cave Trail, I have had squirrels beg from inches away and have had deer walk within 5-10 feet - all due to the crowds this area sees. Despite that, LeConte is still one of my favorite peaks in the Smokies.

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Mar 12, 2008 9:59 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Great Close-Up

Thanks. I was amazed how easy it was to fire off a bunch of shots of this guy---I just lay down on a rock while my daughter squeaked at it.

runawayreignbow

runawayreignbow - Sep 22, 2008 5:25 am - Voted 10/10

awesome visual

It's sooooo adorable. Amazing close-up. Kudos!! :)

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Sep 22, 2008 10:25 am - Hasn't voted

Re: awesome visual

Thanks, glad you liked it! Wish I could just lay down on the snow for a similar closeup of grizzlies, wolves, and the like. :)

TyeDyeTwins

TyeDyeTwins - Dec 20, 2009 12:44 am - Voted 10/10

This one....

This one is the best shot a squirrel up close on SP......Nicely captured Arthur Digbee.

Arthur Digbee

Arthur Digbee - Dec 20, 2009 9:14 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: This one....

Glad you liked it!

This one is my personal favorite squirrel on SP, though.

Tomek Lodowy

Tomek Lodowy - Nov 26, 2010 5:54 pm - Voted 10/10

:)

hehhh :)

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