Monday, November 1, 2010
Vacancy--For Squirrels: A Monday Journal
In a maple tree in the front yard, there is a knot-hole in the trunk about eight feet off the ground. A couple of weeks ago, a family of squirrels resided there.
I saw a little whiskered snout and beady eyes poking from the hole one morning, and when she saw me, she quickly retreated. A few days later, as I looked out of the front window, I saw this squirrel run up the tree trunk, and disappear into the hole.
Soon I noticed this same squirrel running along the ground with something odd clinging to her underside. It turned out to be a baby squirrel. Soon she ran with her special cargo up the tree trunk and into their little home.
I would leave small snacks of peanuts and cereal at the base of the tree, and every day all of it would be completely gone.
Last week, I saw four squirrels...mother and three small ones... chasing each other around and around the tree trunk. Soon, they ran down to the lawn and scattered in several directions. I never saw them after that.
Since then, the hole in our tree has been empty.
I wish I could tell these amusing little critters that they will always have a home in our front yard. Maybe, in the spring, I'll discover another furry brood has leased the space.
If you see a family of squirrels in need of a safe warm home this winter, please send them my way....