27 June 2015. I believe it's a Rock Squirrel.
Actually it is apparently a California Ground Squirrel. Add a new mammal to my life-list.
yes, California Ground Squirrel with that pale shoulder area and spotted body.
Do Rock Squirrels and California Ground Squirrels overlap in range at all?
According to the fourth edition Peterson Field Guide Mammals of North America no, they do not.
I have the Princeton guide by Roland Kays and Don Wilson; I like it a lot. From that it looked like the ranges don't overlap but maps in guidebooks aren't always reliable.
Did you get Vladimir Dinets' new book (Peterson Field Guide to Finding Mammals in North America)? My copy just arrived - finally! - the other day but I haven't opened it yet.
I also own the Princeton guide and enjoy it quite a lot. The frustrating thing about mammal guides is that there are always some taxa that have inferior quality illustrations on the plates.
I haven't purchased the Dinets book but took it out from the local library. I feel it suffers from trying to cover too much so does not go into a lot of depth, but that being said, it's a tough subject to get detailed on!
I believe that's the one I refrenced. Fiona Ried, 2006?
I missed the reference but yeah that's the one.
I'm sorry I meant that I used the book confirm my ID of the animal...I did not refrence it in a post. That aside, it's one of my favorite Field Guides. I really enjoy it.
I really appreciate you all confirming the ID. I'll be posting some bird pictures from Texas soon that I hope folks will comment on as well.
Was this taken in the Pacific Grove/Monterey area?
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