A rare sight on E, W & W today - a land mammal! I don't post these that often as we simply don't have any native ones so the only time I see any is whilst on vacation. These are California ground squirrels - Spermophilus beecheyi.
The squirrel above was one of a number living in a rock pile in Monterrey at a site where people go to see rather different mammals (of which more later). The animals below were further south and as you can see living in different quarters. I assumed at the time they were a different species.
The Monterrey animals were much more chilled out with humans than the sentries above, presumably due to prolongued overexposure thereto? This gave me a great chance to get a good look at these little chaps.