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Window shopping squirrel!

September 21st, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Its been so wet recently that, in the absence of any real scenery due to low cloud, all there has been for our visitors to do is to shop.

However I really thought that window shopping was an exclusively human wet weather pastime. That is until, twice in one afternoon, we had a window shopper at About Canada, Banff in the form of a squirrel.

He had a proper look around, left to look at other stores, then came back to have another look around the Gallery. I believe he had left his wallet in the car as he didn’t buy anything that day.

I was left wondering if it is THE Banff squirrel. Do you recognise this squirrel?.

That night it snowed and today Banff is beautiful again for our guests, and squirrels.

(Having read the following I am pretty sure it was a squirrel not a chipmunk)


The first thing is to recognize that a chipmunk is different from the only squirrel that is similar, Golden-mantled Ground-Squirrel (right). That colorful squirrel is widespread in wooded open country throughout mountainous western North America. Although the Golden-mantled Ground-Squirrel has black-and-white body stripes, as do chipmunks, it lacks any stripes on the face. It is not a chipmunk, but is in a genus (Spermophilus) with many other ground-squirrels.

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