Friday, April 15, 2011

The Black Squirrels Are Baaack

 It's been a while since we saw one of the black squirrels of Brooklyn Heights, but here's one we saw a couple of days ago in a tree on Cadman Plaza West.

First reported in the Bronx, in 2006 there were reports that black squirrels had moved into Boerum Hill, and McBrooklyn saw them in Cobble Hill in 2007. (Ditmas Park Blog sees them in Ditmas Park.)

While the Washington Post said a sizable population started when "18 Canadian squirrels were released at the National Zoo during the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt," the Brooklyn Eagle Almanac noted them on Long Island in 1881. 

There's a snow white squirrel in Prospect Park.

Photo by MK Metz

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