Sunday, June 7, 2015

Playing Hide and Seek with the Ground Squirrel Who Lives at Mission San Miguel

Squirrel at Mission San Miguel, © B. RadisavljevicAs I was taking photos of the olive press at Mission San Miguel, I was focusing on the west wall of the mission and suddenly noticed this ground squirrel on this old stump. I always enjoy seeing some wildlife, so I took the squirrel's picture from a distance with my zoom. I didn't dare get closer for fear of having him disappear.

Squirrel at Mission San Miguel, © B. Radisavljevic
Squirrel Prepares to Hide

Sure enough. As I began to cautiously approach the squirrel, he became nervous. You can see him preparing to hide. As I suspected,  he disappeared into his hole in the stump.

Squirrel at Mission San Miguel, © B. Radisavljevic
Squirrel Can't Resist a Peek to See If I'm Still There

But I kept watching. Sure enough. Soon I saw his head sticking out again to see if the coast was clear. He decided it wasn't when he saw me, and then he disappeared for good -- or for as long as I was there.

Squirrel Hole in Stump at Mission San Miguel, © B. Radisavljevic
Looks Like He's Gone for As Long As I'm Here

After he made his final dive into his hole. I came by to see what I could see inside. Not much. It was too dark.

If you ever visit Mission San Miguel, if you enter at the west entrance, look to your left for the stump. Many you will see this fellow, too.
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