We took a ride to the Kaibab and slowly drove FS205. We started from
Highway 89a and headed south to Highway 67. We saw quite a variety of
critters, including chipmunks, deer, slow elk, squirrels, Kaibab
squirrels, and mountain jays. We also got a few pictures of fossils
along this road. At one point along the way a squirrel ran across the
road and it looked like it had an apple in its mouth. As soon as it got
acoss the road it went up a tree. Of course this is what you would
expect. What we did not expect was for the squirrel to drop what it had
in its mouth and head back down the tree. The first picture shows the
squirrel as a blur heading downward. It stopped and sat on the tree
limb and allowed us to get some good pictures, moving back and forth,
facing right and then left and back and forth. If you look closely at
the first picture you should be able to see what spooked this squirrel.
If you have a problem seeing the cause of this poor squirrel's
quandary, the last picture is an enlargment of the cause of this
squirrel's decision to retreat toward the ground. The squirrel stayed
at this level and we got some good pictures. After a couple of minutes
the squirrel started barking. We thought it was barking at us. It
wasn't until we had uploaded the pictures to our computer and had the
large screen that was saw what it was barking about!
We saw more Kaibab squirrels that day
than we saw all last year. We are including some of the pictures taken
Hope you enjoy seeing our good fortune.
Can you see
the blurry squirrel and the reason for it's retreat?
What a hoot!
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