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Mammal Monday

There’s not much cover in Green-Wood this time of year.

Mammal Monday

This squirrel was first spotted with a mouth full of leaves. It was lining this arboreal snug.

The big leafy bundles in trees, sometimes mistaken for bird’s nests, are summer squirrel nests. (Actually, none of our birds build nests of leaves.) In winter, squirrels want something more substantial: a tree hole, an attic…. A squirrel nest is called a drey or dray, which the OED tracks back to E17 but throws up its hands when it comes to etymology: “[Origin unkn.]”

Mammal Monday

The signs of raccoons are everywhere in Green-Wood, particularly at the base of trees where they leave their poop piles. They sometimes also leave an impression…. We were surprised to spot this one sleeping in the rough on a chilly day. You’d think it would be snug in some tree hole somewhere waiting for the night.

Bat Outta Green-Wood

About three weeks ago, I was surprised by a bat in Green-Wood batting around in the early afternoon. It zipped about in a clearing for a moment or three.
It was an Eastern Red (Lasiurus borealis). Too bad I was in the bat’s shadow.

Just heard about a more recent sighting: warm days can bring them out, but is there enough for them to eat?

The Eastern Red Bat is not one of the species that migrate to spend winters in cave hibernacula. They will move to warmer climates, for instance into the southeast. But now that it’s so damn warm up here, too, will they stick around? When it does get cold, they can burrow into the leaf litter (huh!) and enter a state of torpor for short periods of time.

Mammal/Mushroom Combo Monday

A melanistic variation on the ubiquitous Eastern Grey Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis. These darker ones are said to tolerate colder weather better. Another notion has it that urban environments, with less predators, are also more likely to see greater numbers of both black and white variations of S. carolinensis. Our first example is digging up a nut or berry, but these squirrels are so successful because they’re practically omnivorous. The leftover-monger with snout in the hazelnut spread is from 2015 in Prospect Park. Besides scavenging our ample waste-food, gathering seeds, nuts, and fruits, and the occasional invertebrate and even vertebrate, they also eat mushrooms. Not sure if the small, tentative bite marks here, however, are squirrel. This mushroom was found in Green-Wood, which interestingly doesn’t have as high a density of squirrels as Prospect Park or the botanical garden in the Bronx (first picture).

Mammal Monday: Whistlepig

I’d just passed two woodchuck-sized holes under a tree when the lumbering run of a groundhog-in-the-fur caught my eye. The animal stood up for the best view in front of its burrow. Marmota monax, mammal of many names. Slightly easier to see if you click on this image to make it larger.

The children’s gulag is concentrating.

The lying jurist (I’m pretty sure the FBI thing is just a cover for Flake, Collins, and Murkowski: they’ll ultimately vote yes ~ the whole party is Trump’s now.)

Remains of the Night

Something got this bat, or else something else (a car?) got it and then something ate of it. I’m struck by the delicate structure of the rib cage.

The entomologist and curator Alex Wild said this on Twitter yesterday after the disaster in Brazil: “The loss of the Brazilian National Museum to a preventable fire? This is very much the future of science and museums in the United States if people like Trump succeed in holding power. Every spare cent eventually funneled away from public goods into the oligarchs’ pockets.”


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