I was strolling the yard yesterday, looking for whatever small critters caught my eye, when I walked over to the front of the house where we have some shade-loving wildflowers planted. A couple of years ago I put up a new hollow log nest box in that bed, but have had no takers, so I assumed there was a design flaw of some sort or that perhaps bees or wasps had taken over.
I periodically check all our boxes by gently tapping on the sides or looking inside (on the bluebird boxes with opening fronts) but had never seen anything in this particular nest cavity. So, as I walked by yesterday, I gently tapped the sides, but didn’t bother to look at the box as my gaze was on a fallen log just beyond where I thought I saw something move. After a few seconds, I turned and was pleasantly surprised to see something quietly staring back at me.
I was only about two feet away, so I slowly turned, pulled my phone out and snapped a pic. The little guy didn’t budge, so I stepped out in front of the box to get a more straight-on view. Again, I snapped a few images, and it just quietly stared back, not twitching even a whisker.
I didn’t want to startle the squirrel, so I walked away without looking back until I was about 20 feet from the pole. When I glanced back, the flying squirrel had pulled back into the hole but was still keeping an eye on the bipedal interloper.
I have reported before on the flying squirrels that visit our bird feeder out back and, though I have not seen them lately, I suspected they were back at it as the sunflower seed seems to be disappearing quicker than usual. Last night, I turned the porch lights on just before heading to bed, and there was a flying squirrel hanging on the tube feeder, stuffing itself. I guess I show my bias when I am happy to share with these smallest of NC’s tree squirrels and much less tolerant of their gray daytime cousins.
What a treat!
I agree. Always fun to see these guys, and this one was particularly close and cooperative.
I love your blogs! I have long ago given up in trying to outsmart squirrels on our feeder. I now consider them quite cute. We use twice as much seed now that we find them “cute”, but I’m also not running around trying to chase them off, which is much more relaxing. A
On Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 10:46 AM Roads End Naturalist wrote:
> roadsendnaturalist posted: ” Every night in the woods, when most humans > are safely indoors, strange creatures emerge from their lairs and leap into > the air, swooping silently among the trees.~Michael Farquhar I was > strolling the yard yesterday, looking for whatever small critters c” >
Oh my gosh, how cute!! What a pleasant surprise for you to find. Loved your pictures.
Thanks, Mary Kay.
What a cute baby…
They are beautiful creatures and that face is so expressive.
We had a pair of them for pets when I was a little kid. They are so cute!
We had them as program animals when I first started at the museum, and they were great fun, but would almost always run up under your shirt during a program.
I was only five years old when we had them but I remember they did NOT make good pets. 😉
Love these photos! Lucky you to have this perfect little visitor.
Thanks, Mary. Like I said, always a treat to find one!