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Home invasion

Posted: April 15th, 2013, 2:18 pm
by BillMcGighan
Just a short one here, but I’m required by law to drag the story out cause I’m an old guy.



A few years ago, I mounted a Bluebird nesting box in the forest, where no self-respecting Bluebird would be seen. I did this because it becomes a nest box for Titmice, Chickadees, or White-breasted Nuthatches.

In winter it often becomes a snug, White-footed Mouse home.

In March, I clean it out for the spring birds.


I checked it today and it had an odd round ball of woven grass in it. Cautiously I scratched lightly on the “ball” at the bird entrance, trying to emulate a curious bird or mouse snooping around.


The resident responded defensively by quickly poking its head through and biting off the end of the twig (glad I didn’t use a finger.)




The box:


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The Ball:


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The nose:


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The defender:

Although we live on the edge of the range of some populations of Northern flying squirrels, I’m reasonably sure because of size and location, it’s a Southern (Glaucomys volans), maybe “saturatus” (ssp).


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Re: Home invasion

Posted: April 15th, 2013, 4:05 pm
by Tamara D. McConnell
That is all kinds of adorable.

Re: Home invasion

Posted: April 15th, 2013, 7:39 pm
by Antonsrkn
Really cool to have that living there, hopefully you will see it a bunch of times in the future.

Re: Home invasion

Posted: April 15th, 2013, 8:46 pm
by AndyO'Connor
Pretty freakin cool. Thanks for sharing.

Re: Home invasion

Posted: April 16th, 2013, 4:18 pm
by gbin
Very neat! Adorable, even!

Gerry

Re: Home invasion

Posted: April 19th, 2013, 5:13 am
by dbh
Do you have bird feeders out and do you see the Flying squirrels on your bird feeders?

David

Re: Home invasion

Posted: April 27th, 2013, 6:33 pm
by BillMcGighan
David
Sorry for the delay.
Been traveling/camping and away from internet access.
Do you have bird feeders out and do you see the Flying squirrels on your bird feeders?
Rather than have a small feeder and fight the Gray Squirrels, we have about 20 feet of deck railing that we line with seed several times a day. We get all the day birds and squirrels and some night visitors: Flying Squirrels, Opossums, Raccoons, etc.

We feed them all.

Occasionally a hawk feeds on them!


To you other fine folks.
1. They are cool.
2. They are adorable.
3. I need to buy an infrared game camera to get some night pics!

Re: Home invasion

Posted: June 18th, 2013, 12:43 am
by dery
The only memory I have of seeing a flying squirrel was back when we lived in Bay county when family friends who owned H&H Boat works had one as a pet. The animal had quite a personality in addition to cuteness.

Re: Home invasion

Posted: June 25th, 2013, 4:30 pm
by Chris Smith
Awesome!

-Chris

Re: Home invasion

Posted: July 18th, 2014, 11:44 am
by rtdunham
BillMcGighan wrote:...we have about 20 feet of deck railing that we line with seed several times a day. We get all the day birds and squirrels and some night visitors: Flying Squirrels, Opossums, Raccoons, etc....
They're regular nighttime guests at the feeders on the walkway railing outside the dining room at Natural Bridge State Park in KY. Sometimes they're extremely skittish; other times I've stood just a few feet from the feeder as they "fly" in and scurry around. Interesting to watch.

Re: Home invasion

Posted: July 18th, 2014, 10:40 pm
by PrimitiveTim
brb I'm building a bird house right now in hopes I get flying squirrels!

Re: Home invasion

Posted: July 19th, 2014, 4:32 am
by BillMcGighan
Be sure to make the hole about twice the size for a small bird.
You could easily get a Yellow Rat living there as well, Tim!




RTD
They're regular nighttime guests at the feeders on the walkway railing outside the dining room at Natural Bridge State Park in KY.
That's worth noting for anyone on this forum. :thumb:

Re: Home invasion

Posted: July 20th, 2014, 7:20 pm
by PrimitiveTim
Bill, a yellow rat would be pretty cool too! lol I like all the animals pretty well.