Chickaree

Chickoree, Bear lake Trail, Rocky Mountain State ParkAlso known as red squirrels, chickarees are especially fond of pine seeds. To get at the seed, the cones are pried open, leaving a pile of debris that can be up to 3 feet across. Whole cones are stashed in middens for winter use, Often, several generations will add to the same midden over a period of 20 years or more.

Typically, a chickaree will be heard before it’s seen, making a loud rackety call when an intruder enters its territory.

Bear Lake Trail, September 3, 2009

Rocky Mountain National Park


Gallery: Bear Lake and Emerald Lake Trails – September 3, 2009

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