Friday, July 1, 2011

Camera Critters down by the coulee

Dick and Lindy like to take their daily walk at the coulee, where they meet other dogs out walking, and usually see many other different kinds of critters.

Photo by Richard Schear, copyright Kay Davies and Richard Schear
There are at least three of these critters in this photo, maybe five or six. We call them gophers in southeastern Alberta, but their real name is Richardson's Ground Squirrel. They come out in early-to-mid-spring for what seems like the express purpose of running around on our roads. They have underground burrows, many of which seem to be in the BMX bike park a block from our house. So far, they haven't caused too much havoc with the cyclists there. Lindy would chase these little fellas if she were allowed to do so, and more than once last year she put her head so far into a gopher hole she frightened her dad, who was walking her. He was afraid she wouldn't be able to breathe. She didn't do it at all this year.

Posted for the Camera Critters meme, hosted
each week by the very busy Ms Misty Dawn. Thanks, Misty!
To see other critters captured in the lenses of other cameras, please click


SquirrelQueen said...

Aw, he's a real cutie!
Have a great weekend!

VioletSky said...

aw, they looks so cute, what a shame they are such pests. determined little beggars, aren't they?!

Kay said...

I do believe we call them prarie dogs. We saw them at Devils Tower.

LivingSoAbundantly said...

I only saw one at first, but I now see there is one on each side of the one standing! What a cute photo! Maybe they were playing hide-'n-seek? Great post!

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Shobha said...

Cute one...
How did you capture ?

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow -- great picture. I tried hard to get a picture of a prairie dog when we were in Colorado; I think they look quite a bit the same, but now I'm not sure (since I didn't get a photo to compare)...but anyway they pop up everywhere like that. (And pop down as soon as I take out my camera.)