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Some of Rupert's Friends
Lens: Tokina 400 Camera: K 5 II S Photo Location: East Tennessee 
Posted By: mole, 10-29-2017, 05:51 PM

East Tennessee is blessed with many mammal species, including several of Rupert's rodent friends. Eastern Gray Squirrel is our most common species, but Fox Squirrel numbers are increasing lately.







We had a bumper crop of hickory nuts and acorns, great news for all the nut-gnawers. Here are several shots of Chipmunks, resting between nut-gathering expeditions, up in an old dying oak.








And finally, not a rodent, but a somewhat LARGER nut-eating creature. (One of the picnic areas at the home park is under a grove of mature oak trees.)

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Anyone care for a little picnic? Thanks for your comments & suggestions!
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A very good series, I take it the ones with the stripes in their fur are Chipmunks, would I be right?
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That Tokina 400mm is delivering great pictures for you...well done mole.
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Nice Series

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Rupert will be so proud that you have not forgotten Otis.
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QuoteOriginally posted by eaglem Quote
A very good series, I take it the ones with the stripes in their fur are Chipmunks, would I be right?
Correct! Also often called ground squirrels - they create very elaborate subterranean dens.


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That Tokina 400mm is delivering great pictures for you...well done mole.
It's a fine old lens, especially stopped down a bit.


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Nice Series
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Rupert will be so proud that you have not forgotten Otis.
Otis can stay in Texas, our squirrels are not nearly so bold!
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QuoteOriginally posted by mole Quote
East Tennessee is blessed with many mammal species, including several of Rupert's rodent friends. Eastern Gray Squirrel is our most common species, but Fox Squirrel numbers are increasing lately.
These are all fine pictures.

They say Fox Squirrels predominate in border areas - between woods and grassland. I suppose they might become more common over time in areas where man has made artificial border areas by cutting down trees and built houses.
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