A few days ago, my sister and I were walking over the yard, when she asked if any birds had built in the nest box. I told her that there was a nest in it, but that I had not seen any birds coming or going. She said "How do you know that no birds raised in there?" So I pulled down the front of the box and in order to see inside the nest and look for clues of birds raising in there. I was shocked to see two Flying Squirrels peering out at me! I could see only their heads, and my very first thought was, "What kind of strange birds is this?"
All the squirrel pictures are from the Internet, as I did not have a camera with me.
The two were nestled in spoon fashion and as soon as I opened the door, one of the squirrels flew out like a flash! They were so small and I thought it might be around on the back side of the utility pole where the box was mounted. No, he was not there. My sister looked up to the top of the pole in time to see him sail into the nearby trees, a distance of about 12-15 feet away.
I thank the photographers who made these pictures! I'm afraid I won't be able to make any!
I know nothing about these cute, furry creatures, except I know that when my cousin tried to tame one for a pet, he got a very painful bite! Isn't that right, Kenneth??
On another note, the Bluebirds are raising their secord family of baby birds in the church.
I hope your yard is as exciting as ours!