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Flying squirrel

Flying squirrel

Flying squirrel snagWhile working on clearing the pig pasture Wednesday, we flushed this flying squirrel out of its day-time hiding spot.  The squirrel scurried across the ground into the brush pile, but ten minutes later, B.J. caught it climbing up into a holey snag.  After deliberation (would the snag fall on the fence and ruin it?), we opted to leave the tree in place rather than cutting it down and forcing the flying squirrel to find a new home.

Flying squirrels are nocturnal, so day-dwellers are unlikely to see them.  I spent several evenings a decade or so ago staking out a spot where flying squirrels were known to live, hoping to catch a glimpse.  No luck then, so I was thrilled to see this wide-eyed rodent now.

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A friend of mine use to sell feeder piglets to her neighbors to raise money.

She had them free range through a pine forest on her property. She would find a downed tree every once and awhile from her boar up rooting the shallow rooted pines.

So fixing her fencing (electrical was the most successful fencing) was one of her main repeat chores.

Comment by Mona Thu Mar 28 10:18:50 2013
Our house in NH had a few resident flying squirrels. We would be sitting in the family room after supper and hear a thud against the kitchen window. We would go to look, and a flying squirrel would have sailed down to land on the birdfeeder and knocked it agai st the windowpane. Theybwould stare wide eyed at us theough the window. It was a solid 12 feet to the ground from there... We never saw how they left the feeder.
Comment by Deb Sat Mar 30 03:01:07 2013

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