One thing that is a little disappointing about squirrels is that they don’t often show themselves until they are nearly full grown, at least in my yard. (And maybe wisely so, given how Trouble reacted to that little red squirrel.) Over all the years that I’ve lived so closely with squirrels, only a few times have small, most-definitely baby squirrels appeared in my yard. They usually show up when they’re right on the border between teen and adult.
So, I was ridiculously excited when I spotted a baby in the birch tree on Sunday. I tried to get photos but the little guy (or gal) was having such a hard time with traction that I couldn’t catch it still enough. It tried to go down the trunk of the birch head first, which lead to it skidding down the trunk and landing sprawled out in a leafy bush below. Then it scampered across the yard and disappeared.
Yesterday it, or another one, came back. I saw it skid down the fence and into the yard and it headed straight for the seed under the bird feeder. I held my breath as Tipsy approached it because I was afraid he would chase it away. I needn’t have worried! The baby threw itself in the air, legs flailing every which way and Tipsy ran off. The baby continued calmly to the seed and started chowing. I watched as another squirrel approached very cautiously, obviously curious about this strange, small newcomer.
This squirrel watched for a minute or two, then crept around behind the phlox and approached the baby. I caught the moment they sniffed noses.
Then the big squirrel joined the baby in chowing on the seed.
I went quietly out on the deck to get a little closer and I think the baby looked my way but didn’t run off. I didn’t try to get close enough to get a real clear shot because I didn’t want to scare it away.
I’m so excited to have a baby in the yard!
Here are a few more baby pictures from past years.
Aren’t they just the cutest little things?