Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Nut House... Literally

Early this evening, I was able to get a couple of photos of Mama Squirrel in the birdhouse that her family has chosen to call home. I was able to get pretty close with the 'tail' photo (she couldn't see me coming), but had to stand a bit further back while taking the other as Mama S. was getting quite nervous as I approached.

Last weekend, we actually watched Mama S. move her babies, one by one (five, by our count) from the birdhouse to a makeshift nest in the oak tree next to our deck. Alas, that only lasted a few days. I went out one morning to find all the twigs, leaves, and nesting material laying at the base of the tree. We weren't sure where they'd gone, but it's now apparent that Mama S. carried her babies across the yard and back up into the birdhouse. Once the babes are on their own and Mama and Papa S. have moved out, we need to refurbish the birdhouse... It's gotten quite shabby looking over the past fourteen years (and not the good shabby!)...

Here's one of Mama S's relatives who came to visit me on the deck this afternoon. Actually, he/she came for a handout of peanuts rather than to visit, but that's okay... Maybe I'll have 'baby' pictures to share with you before long...



Anonymous said...

That is so funny... her little eyes peeking out of her very cute shabby house...lucky little Mama S and her babies have a nice place to live. I just love watching those funny little creatures..

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Hi Donna!
How adorable is that? I love to watch the little creatures, they can be so entertaining! I always make up their dialog when my husband is around so they are talking. He probably thinks I should be in that Nut House!
hugs, Sherry

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Donna!

Awww... that is so cute! It's a sweet little home whether for a bird or a squirrelfamily! It's amazing how the Mother could squeeze into the hole!
It's nice to see a mother's instincts take over.

On a side note, to reply to your commnet on my blog, I think you and your daughters would love going for facials together, or doing some other type of spa day activity. It's fun! I never did anything like that either, but my daughter has been so encouraging in getting me to try new things.

Thanks for your kind comments!


Twiggy said...

your blog is so pretty, I've just found you and will definitely return :)

Cindy said...

How adorable! She saw that cute little cottage and wanted it to be her home...just like us!

JoAnne said...

He must be related to the little guy that took up residence in one of our birdhouses. The pictures are adorable! Thanks for sharing.

Rue said...

That is soooo cute :) I love watching the squirrels. They're such interesting animals.

Have a beautiful night!

{oc cottage} said...

That is just THE cutest thing!You are so lucky to be seeing all their little comings & goings! Your latest makeover is awesome! You have been as busy a Mrs. Squirrel!!!!


regina barnett said...

How fun. I hand raised two baby squirrel about a year ago. They were so much fun. When they because bigger adults size. They became a handful. I set them free. One stay around for the longest... atill one day. I found him ran over. That's what i was afraid of when I decided to set them free. But wild animals can't be caged up.. they were so unhappy being in cages. They enjoyed climbing the trees. The other one I never saw him again he left for good.

Rosie's Whimsy said...

How interesting! I would be so entertained to have that good fortune :-) Rosie