It’s happened again. All my regular squirrel visitors have moved on and left my yard to the new generation of squirrels, who will be here until the next batch of babies come out of the nest and then they, too, will move on. I feel like I’m running a squirrel frat house!
I’m not really sure where this bobtailed squirrel fits in to the picture though. It wasn’t a regular in my yard but it visited a few times a couple of months ago. Now I see it every few days and it’s comfortable enough to eat out of the feeder on the deck. I’m wondering if it’s an older baby born earlier this spring. I’ve named it Thumper because it looks like a rabbit when it runs.
While I already miss Shorty, Tipsy and Ratty, I’m enjoying the new faces. The overall personality of this year’s batch of squirrels seems to be friendly and tame, although a bit more…well, squirrelly than the previous generation. The first day that all the new ones showed up, I was afraid to go out in my backyard! There was a lot of chasing, squeaking, chirping and jumping going on. My yard was teeming with reddish-brown bodies and bushy tails.
Then things calmed down and it was nap time. I’ve seen several squirrels napping in the past week, although this was the only close enough to get a photo of.
I’ve never wanted to hold a squirrel as much as I wanted to hold this little sleepyhead. It was so cute and so very sleepy!