Stand-up Lunch

Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi)

In other seasons, we often see Ground Squirrels digging for their food. In spring, lunch waves in the breeze, and the squirrels can eat standing up. They just have to fight the wind to get control of the seed-bearing stalks. It was probably spring when an 18th-century Scottish explorer first saw it and named it Spermophilus — lover of seeds. If loose dogs would leave them alone, the squirrels would probably eat up 90 percent of the standing foxtail seeds and radically reduce next year’s foxtail population.

Squirrel breeding season is in full swing now, and you can sometimes see tiny pups peeking out from cracks in the rocks. They are much more cautious than their parents. As they grow, they’ll gain in confidence and will show themselves more readily.

Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi)

More about them: Wikipedia Oxford In Chavez Park

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