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Mammal Monday

This feature of the blog is sporadic, for there’s a rather limited selection of diurnal mammals to be found with any regularity in the city.
But baby Eastern Chipmunks (Tamias striatus) should carry you through the weeks.Cute, right? Don’t be deceived by anthropomorphic mammal-philic charisma. Without regulating predators like coyotes and foxes, small mammals like these chippies become, as they say in the groves, problematic. Chipmunks are hosts for a pallet of tick-born diseases, and they are extraordinary good predators themselves, meaning their population explosions become problems for birds and others.

Mammal Monday

Ondatra zibethicus: muskrat! As busy as the proverbial beaver.Thoreau reveled in calling them “musquash.” (See Geoff Wisner’s collection of HDT on animals.)

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Senator Susan Collins says the President has assured her he won’t be asking his Supreme Court candidates about Roe v. Wade. Two things: 1) Trump’s record on lying tells us he’ll say ANYTHING to try and get what he wants; and 2) the list he’s using is from the Federalist Society, an organization openly dedicated to transforming the American court system. The people on the list have already been asked about Roe.

Also, Senator Collins seems to think it’s legit for someone — who will in all probability have his case(s) in front of SCOTUS — pick another of the justices.

Mammal Monday

Sciurus vulgaris.I think it’s ice-cream…

Mammal Monday

This European or Brown Hare (Lepus europaeus) was as big as most of the dogs in Göteborg. We were surprised to see it on a backstreet one evening. I think some of the locals were, too. The species has been expanding its range in Sweden.Red Squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris).Like our Eastern Greys, which have become invasive in other parts of Europe, these are very active in parks. Eastern Cottontail back on the homefront, in Prospect Park last week.

Pond Life and Death

Felis silvestris

University of New Jersey researchers studying the rare tree cats of eastern North America asked me to hold onto this photo until now. I snapped it last year and was all set to bring it to your — my motto here is “if I see something I say something” — when I stumbled on their study of this deadly invasive species.

April Fools! At least partially…

Mammal Monday

Procyon lotor being diurnal? Questionable but not unheard of (other than being rabid, I mean). Still, a good rule of thumb with all wild animals is to keep your distance. I let my telephoto get close.

Underneath two hickory trees, and getting some of the last of the nuts I think.


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