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Diamond Lake
Belding's ground squirrel
Spermophilus beldingi

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Adorable Belding's Ground Squirrel Kits at Diamond Lake

Adorable Belding's Ground Squirrel Kits at Diamond Lake
(+2 insets!)

Diamond Lake was the last place we stayed on our epic 25-day RV adventure and that's where we got to see these hopelessly adorable ground squirrels! In fact, there was also a group of bitty little chippers (chipmunks) that lived in a hole almost directly under our RV! All of these little guys were such fun for us to see and interact with.

One morning I needed to cut up some new bread squares for Pumpkin and just before I tossed the pile of crumbs in the garbage, a fine thought entered my mind…"Ooooooh, let's have some fun!" I popped out of the trailer and carefully poured the crumbs into the entrance of the little chipper's hole. I went back inside and realized that Pumpkin's nut and seed-treat container also needed refilling. "Oh my, look at all of these bits and pieces…whatever shall I do with them?!!" Out I went and I had to laugh because in the few minutes I was away, the pile of bread crumbs had diminished! "Busy little chippers, have some more!" Adding the pile of nut bits and seeds on top of the bread crumbs, I climbed back into the coach and peeked out the window. A little face was poking out of the hole, hard at work! I laughed and carried on with Pumpkin's food. A few minutes later Steve stepped inside, "HEY! There's a chipmunk out there eating a pile of stuff, it's so cute!" I told him what I'd done and we both looked out to see the cutie pie stuffing its cheeks with goodies! So adorable.

The little ground squirrels which I'm featuring today were really cool because we'd never seen them before. In fact, I couldn't be positive exactly WHAT they were. I figured they were some sort of ground squirrel but they were smaller than the ones that live on our property and actually, they looked totally different. Short tails, non-spotted coats, I wondered what they were.

Only, I couldn't tell. And I had no way to know. Why? No internet. Zip, nada, zilch. And that simply drove me batty! If there's one thing that I must have, it's the ability to do research on all of the things I'm curious about! And let me tell you, I'm a very curious little monkey indeed! I always have been and I always will be…the world is such a fascinating place with endless things to learn and discover!

When I was a kid I learned about the amazing place called the library. I would become so enchanted with this fantastic portal to knowledge that I started working at my school library in 4th grade and this continued through my senior year in high school. When the internet came to be, I thought I'd died and gone to heaven! To think…a research library the size of the world, available from the comfort of my home. What a sweet deal. The internet immediately became my favorite resource for investigation and I have always called upon it ravenously. But now…to find that I cannot have it whenever I want…well, let's just say it's been extremely frustrating. The fact is that I just can't stand not knowing something and having to just deal with it. ARGH!

I will say that within an hour of having an internet connection again, I made a beeline for "ground squirrels of Oregon" and just like a hopeless junkie finally getting a fix...ohhhhhhh the RELIEF of finally discovering what this little guy was: a Belding's Ground Squirrel!! LOL, you probably think I'm a little off the deep end but I can't help it…I just GOTTA KNOW! :D

I am also including two insets with a couple of other views. These are all youngsters and totally adorable (in case you didn't figure that out yet!) :D. And the reason we've never seen them before is because they don't live in our county and are found in a fairly small area in comparison to the very common California Ground Squirrel, found all over the western U.S.

Pam, do you guys have ground squirrels where you live? Monstrous little fellows, they are always trying to dig under our foundation, the stinkers! Yes they are cute but my opinion of them is not the best because they are so destructive and eat all of my flowers! Well, they were here first so I can't complain too much! I hope all is well with you today my dear! :) *BIG HUGS*

Marie-claire Gallet, Claudia G, aNNa schramm, Xata and 54 other people have particularly liked this photo

41 comments - The latest ones
Kawasirius club
Belles capture de ces petits rongeurs tellement adorables ! Vous avez un talent incomparable pour vous en faire de amis et pouvoir les photographier ! J'aime aussi votre volonté de connaissance ce qui nous permet aussi de savoir le nom de vos invités: des Belding's Ground Squirrel
Bonne semaine Janet !
15 months ago.
RHH club
Wonderful photo, Janet, of a critter I'd not even heard of and cute, too. I'm certainly with you on finding out what things are. Not only is the internet like a big library where you can usually find the information you're looking for, but there's always something new to learn. I'd have looked this one up and wouldn't have rested until I found it.

We never had TV growing up so we spent a lot of time in the library. In fact, we moved away from one area for about 4 years and then moved back (Michigan to Iowa to Michigan) and the librarian remembered us. Referred to us as the kids who even read the gum wrappers off the street and that wasn't far from the truth.

For a while we lived in a small town in northwest Iowa and read nearly every book in the library including some that probably weren't very appropriate for our age. I went back there years later and our names were still in many of the books and in fact in some books we were apparently the only ones who had ever checked them out.

A very busy day with daughter-from-Belfast here and mostly family time. Going with the gang to Palouse Falls tomorrow and probably Steptoe Butte (there's something for you to look up on the internet). Palouse Falls is a remarkable place and one we've been to often. One of those places I'm always ready to visit again, though.

Better leave this and get to bed. Long day and I'm tired and have to get an early start tomorrow. Have a meeting of the Human Rights Committee before leaving for Palouse.
15 months ago.
RHH club
Have a great day and a great week, both of you.
15 months ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club

15 months ago.
 Maria W.
Maria W. club
Ĉarmaj sciuroj!!! Super fotoj!!! Bonan semajnon Janet:)))
15 months ago.
FotoArt club
Man muss genau hinschauen, damit man diese Kleinen sieht. Tolle Aufnahme Janet.
15 months ago.
 Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley club
An excellent shot Janet and thank you for posting to FFF.
15 months ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
Wow, two cuties.
Well spotted and captured Janet.
15 months ago.
neira-Dan club
oh que oui , absolument adorables , quelle belle prise

Diamond lake est proche de la côte je suppose ?
15 months ago. Edited 15 months ago.
Anji. club
Adorables !
15 months ago.
 Eunice Perkins
Eunice Perkins club
Awww! These are certainly adorable! I wish we had them over here. Wonderful pictures!!!
15 months ago.
Ruesterstaude club
Schön, Janet: Von Weitem kaum zu erkennen in ihrer Tarnfarbe. Man sieht, wie wachsam sie sind.
15 months ago.
Gudrun club
They are very cute, what a great catch!
15 months ago.
 Helmer Lortz
Helmer Lortz club
Da schlägt jedes Frauenherz höher…
15 months ago.
Boro club
15 months ago.
 Nicole Merdrignac
Nicole Merdrignac club
Superbe photo avec notes. Nicole.
15 months ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
So cute ! Wonderful pictures, Janet !
15 months ago.
cammino club
Lovely series!
15 months ago.
 Ron Masters
Ron Masters club
(PS. Back on ipernity after a 5-year lapse. Can't believe how time flies. Also had dropped out of photography altogether for a year or two, but a planned Danube cruise with the in-laws in September prompted me to replace my whole cumbersome DSLR kit with one do-everything travel zoom that supports 12x18 prints, if necessary. It proves to be an interesting challenge to push the technical limits.)
15 months ago. Edited 15 months ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
15 months ago.
grobi358 club
Oh, very cute!
15 months ago.
slgwv club

Thanks for tracking that info down--I tend to be an information junkie too! ;)
15 months ago. Edited 15 months ago.
RHH club
A very busy day. HRC meeting in the morning then Palouse Falls and Steptoe Butte with the gang all ending with a cookout here - brats and ice cream, a kids meal for sure. Wasn't very hungry so just had a small piece of leftover steak.

The weather was beautiful though quite warm and the kids had had enough by the end of the day and were getting cranky. Used to be able to deal with that but not so well anymore now that I'm in my dotage.

Have to give them credit, though. Even the littles did the hike down to the upper falls at Palouse, a rather steep descent and then the same back up and that at the end of a fairly long walk, at least for little legs.

These little guys raised my spirits, though, seeing them again. Would love to see them in person. Glad you identified them for me or I'e be scouting the internet trying to find out what they were. Can't let them go unnamed.

Speaking of which, have a wildflower with very unusual large yellow blooms to identify and a huge wasp (?) probably about two inches long. Thought first it was a hawkmoth but it definitely was not that. Too tired to look tonight.

Like Steve's reference to people who need to know things as information junkies. That's me, for sure. Some of my students years ago referred to me as the "Encyclopedia" though I think that exaggerates the importance of what is often mere trivia.

Better go and get to bed. Exhausted. Couldn't resist a peek, though. The yellow flower was Blazing Star (Mentzelia laevicaulis) and the wasp was the Western Cicada Killer. Now I can sleep without worrying about that!
15 months ago.
RHH club
Have a great day.
15 months ago.
 Karen's Place
Karen's Place club
They are SO cute!
15 months ago.
Zulma club
They always look like comedians to me, planning their act and punch lines!! Great capture my friend. Happy to see you around!! Hugs!! y besos.
15 months ago.
tiabunna club
Well, thank you for educating me, Janet. Like you, I had no knowledge of these little animals, now I have the benefit of your homework and these great images. I take it that, with the benefit of handouts from camp ground users, these are totally upfront with people around.
15 months ago.
trester88 club
Sind sie süß mit ihren großen Augen! Ihre Tarnung ist so gut, dass sie hoffentlich nicht von einem Greifvogel gefangen werden. Eine hinreißende Serie!
15 months ago.
 Jenny McIntyre
Jenny McIntyre club
Oh they are so cute Janet - no wonder you fell in love with them. I know what you mean about wanting to learn more and how the internet is a wonderful thing. This afternoon I was watching the Tour de France (a famous bicycle race in France) and the cameras were showing some amazing buildings as the cycle race was going through the countryside. I went onto Google to find the route for day 4 and it was from Rheims to Nancy! So I thought I'd look up the route on Google Earth - I was so shocked when I realised I hadn't downloaded the app!!! So I ended up having to download it, then try and find the places on Google Earth. Well that's 2 hours of my lie I'll never get back!!! I had so much trouble trying to download the app that I ended up missing a lot of the race!!! I'm going to go and get my world atlas down from upstairs and just do what I need to do by looking it up in the book!!!!
15 months ago. Edited 15 months ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
What adorable little creatures................and you seem to have had so much fun with them! A wonderful set of images Janet..!!
15 months ago.
ROL/Photo club
WAOUuhhhhhhh very beautiful this two Ground Squirrel
excellente photo
15 months ago.
polytropos club
They are so cute!
15 months ago.
Ruth club
This is a wonderful photo Janet, they are very cute, I’ve never seen them before.
Regarding myself and the dreaded mosquitos, we have a few species here in the UK but it’s the ones in the hot climates that bother me. I’d didn’t know that I had such a bad reaction to them until I first went to the Canary Islands many years ago. Africa was by far the worst and I would never go back. Everything that’s ever had a nibble here at home, mainly midges, have never had any adverse effect of me, maybe just a small red mark and that’s it. Good job that I’m not really a great fan of hot places.
15 months ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Awesome trio!

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15 months ago.
 Susanne Hoy
Susanne Hoy club
The squirrels are so cute! I love them.
15 months ago.
sunlight club
Niedliche Tierchen !
15 months ago.
X-pose club
Good shot! Nice twin
14 months ago.
 Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨*
Valeriane ♫ ♫ ♫¨* club
14 months ago.
 aNNa schramm
aNNa schramm club
haha they are sooo curious
13 months ago.
 Claudia G
Claudia G club
Trop beau ce petit duo !
13 months ago.
 Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet club
AWWWWWWW, so cute, Janet ***************************
3 months ago.

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