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Eastern Grey Squirrel - Sciurus carolinensis

Frequent species seen in all parks in and around Montreal all year long. Not very shy, frequently begging for food. Don't feed wild animals!

Common Names

  • Eastern Grey Squirrel (en)
  • Ardilla de las Carolinas (es)
  • Écureuil gris (fr)
  • Grauhörnchen (de)

Taxonomy

  • Rodentia
  • Sciuridae
  • Sciurus carolinensis

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Where & When to Spot

Eastern Grey Squirrel can be observed almost everywhere, in all parks in and around Montreal. Even long the streets in between parks.

Observation Logs

On every park visit, we maintain a log of species spotted and identified. If you maintain a similar list, please consider sharing it with Muuuh Wildlife Photography: Share Logs.

LocationSpringSummerAutumnWinter
Champ des Possibles, Montreal 1 0 0 0
Park Angrignon, Montreal 5 2 2 4
Park Mont-Royal 3 0 0 3
Park Pointe aux Prairies 4 0 0 0
Rapids Park Lachine 1 0 0 0

Times a species has been spotted, identified and logged while visiting this park. A species is reported only once / park visit. Only parks listed which we visit frequently all year long. Consult the page animal tracking about how we log observations in field.

How to Identify

Distinguishable from the other squirrel species due to the fur color which usually is grey on the back. Two variants can be observed, the not uncommon dark variant with a dark brown almost black fur and the white variant which is very rare. Note that the white variant is not an albino.

Photos

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Rare observation made in Park Mont-Royal, Winter 2018

Park Mont-Royal - 2018-01-28

NIKON D500; TAMRON SP AF 150-600mm F5-6.3 VC USD A011N; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/50; Aperture f9.0; Iso 125;

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-10-30

NIKON D7100; 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6; Focal Length 300mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f5.6; Iso 1600;

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Adventurous

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-03-04

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 450mm; Exposure 1/800; Aperture f6.0; Iso 560;

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Probably heterozygote melanistic as this individuum is dark-brown.

Park Angrignon, Montreal - 2016-01-17

NIKON D7100; 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3; Focal Length 600mm; Exposure 1/500; Aperture f6.3; Iso 800;

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Eastern Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

Park Mont-Royal - 2016-01-02

NIKON D7100; 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6; Focal Length 140mm; Exposure 1/320; Aperture f5.6; Iso 280;

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