Friday, September 04, 2009

Squirrels in Trees, Again

As Val got out of her car when we parked in front of our house after we ate dinner at Globe Market last night, and I walked around the car to help her, we watched a squirrel take a 10-12-foot leap from the ground onto the maple tree trunk next to her car.
Amusing, but not exactly unusual, we were impressed and a bit surprised by what followed. I was born at Sisters' Hospital in Buffalo, and Val was born in Chicago (even though she spent time on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin), so, as Renee Roberts suggested after reading the story, maybe we need more time in the country.
Val and I listened to and watched the squirrel chew branches and leaves off the top of the tree, which is a little taller than our 2 1/2-story house, and loudly start to put them together building a nest; neither Val nor I have ever seen a squirrel build a nest before, and it was fascinating. The squirrel moved very fast from branch to branch, carrying the broken and chewed off parts he used and dropping parts that had too many leaves on them.
After 15 minutes or so of watching this, we went inside but made a beeline upstairs to the bedroom and computer room windows to watch more, and it remained fascinating. The squirrel finally stopped his work, but we are expecting the tree condo to be occupied soon.
Val, who took photos that we will try to post here, just noted that he probably has an in-ground pool and counter tops in the nest by now.


Blogger Ron said...

Lest you get too won over by these creatures, I will simply pass this along.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Kevin J. Hosey said...

Yeah, I've seen and read this, Ron. It's not like we think squirrels are cute as much as we really don't get to see the work close up like we did here.

Our rural friends are probably shaking their heads over this as I write.

6:14 PM  

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