The Whiteness of the Squirrel

Sciurus carolinensisThis Gray Squirrel obviously isn’t very gray. It has been seen out and about in Prospect Park lately. Several “white” — or ivory — squirrels have been noted in the park and Park Slope in recent years, but they’re not all that common here.Sciurus carolinensisLike the black squirrels also seen, these are all variations on the basic Sciurus carolinensis.

4 Responses to “The Whiteness of the Squirrel”

  1. 1 Paul Lamb November 30, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I plan to be in the area in late January/early February. Will I possibly see the parrots and the white squirrels?

    • 2 mthew November 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

      You should definitely see Monk Parrots at Green-Wood. This white squirrel does tend to stick out, though… I had seven Red-tailed Hawk sightings in Brooklyn today (some probably the same bird, but max of three at once)… unless maybe we get some snow?

  2. 3 Beverly Seaton November 30, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    We have a small cadre of these guys out here–where the usual squirrels are gray, no reds or blacks. When I first saw one of them, running, I thought it was my white cat. Same thing when I saw our all white skunk running. Some of our skunks are black and white, and some are white and black.

    • 4 mthew November 30, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      Where are you, Beverly? The Red Squirrel a whole other species, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, found across Canada and in the eastern and Rocky Mt woodlands of the U.S. (none in Brooklyn that I’ve ever seen).

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