I didn’t think we were going to have squirrel babies in the yard this year. A few weeks ago, something tragic happened to the first one to fall or venture out of the nest. After that, I began seeing babies in other areas but none here. I thought maybe the moms had decided this wasn’t a safe place for their young’uns.
Then, on Sunday, the little one at the top of the post showed up. I think it may be the littlest gray squirrel to ever show up at my house! I worried about it out there all alone.
It looked so little and maybe kind of skinny too. But it’s a fast learner. It came right up to the deck where the food is and seemed to know right where to go to get away, unlike the little guy that got stranded on our deck cover last year.
It even took a peanut from Don and ate it. Usually, it seems like it takes the babies a couple of weeks to learn to eat peanuts.
I started putting sunflower seeds in the boxwood planter in the corner of the deck, so the baby could easily get to the seed and also be partially hidden while it ate.
Yesterday, I looked out and saw two noses and two sets of paws in the boxwood!
And, yes, a butter knife is stuck in the edge of the planter. Why? I have no idea. This is just the random sort of thing you find when you live in a house full of boys. Most of my spoons are currently missing and there’s no telling where I will find them.
Baby squirrels are so fun to watch. They often move in unison, like one is copying the other and one always seems to crowd the other one, who then seems a tad annoyed. Typical siblings!
I’m so glad there are two. It makes me feel better to think of them together.
I will try to get more photos of the pair when it’s not so dark out, which could be challenging with our current forecast. Of course, that’s probably changed since I looked at it an hour ago. We seem to be in a pattern of hard to predict weather. But, whatever the weather, it will be brightened by these two little cuties!