A California ground squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi) was scurrying about at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park (CA) in late September.
Adult California ground squirrels are active for only a few months out of the year. Males retreat to their burrows early in the summer. Shortly after weaning her young the female ground squirrel also goes underground. Only young California ground squirrels are active in the fall and winter. Thus I assume this is a young California ground squirrel enjoying an acorn.
California ground squirrels eat seeds, nuts, mushrooms, insects and fruits.
I think this young ground squirrel is cute and decided to share. More complete information on the California ground squirrel can be found in my previous post – “California Ground Squirrel” on 04-02-2012.