Saturday, July 29, 2017

King Cynic of the Senate.

I cannot tell if #Trump is more like Commodus or Nero, but I can claim that the King of Cynics in the Senate is
Senator John McCain.

Quite willing, fearing his certain and near fate, to implode the welfare of his people to stab at thee, #Trump.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Death chirps while escaping

This poor fellow stood still too long. I hit him near his hole opening and he emitted a single death chirp as he struggled into the hole. Died mid escape. This proves that often they are critically injured yet able to get into cover.

This demonstrates my theory that Richardson's squirrels are hardy enough to escape despite injuries. You can't tell how many you've hit until you come back next time and observe empty or inactive burrows.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Ground Squirrel Calls

Richardson's ground squirrels have 4 distinctive chirps. This is their interpretation.

Normal chatter: when talking amongst themselves the tone and cadence sounds like animal talking. Aperiodic communication, uneven tone. They are not alerted to your presence.

Oh shit!: If they let out a half-chirp and the no more sound as they dive into the hole you startled it and it crashed for cover. The local squirrels are aware of you.

Stranger Danger!: If they take cover near hole face and freeze, then they let out a periodic squeak about every 3 seconds. That means they think they are in hidden and are warning other burrows of danger. This is the perfect situation to fix them and shoot. If you can approach from concealment it's a straight shot.

Hey You!: If they are standing or squatting on back legs and emit a squeak - squeak in rapid progression they are calling to other squirrels to find them. They are not alerted to danger but they will detect any noise or movement.