May 10, 2010
In the big storms of February we got rather fond of one particular
squirrel that was so extra eager for food that it would wait just
a few steps from us as we came out the kitchen door to put a few
sunflower seeds down on the snow. Since this animal seemed somehow
daintier, more feminine, than the others, we called that one the
mid-April I noticed tails frisking in the upper branches of the
old and much-trimmed white walnut at the back of the house. Then,
on April 19, there they were -- several small squirrels -- even
smaller and daintier than the "girl squirrel," venturing
down the tree to get at the seeds. They would startle and bluff
each other, or approach slowly and touch noses, apparently to
identify each other.
one point I thought I counted five babies, but later we could
spot only three at any given moment (see below).
Here they are a day or so after making their first public appearance,
with mother not far off. Click on photo to enlarge.