Mother relocates to new apartment; takes kinder with her. Carries them across greensward & up tree trunk to new digs. Situation under control….
One of our homegrown Eastern Gray Squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) changed addresses this afternoon & made reasonably short work of carrying four sprats from their birth nest over the way to a spacious mansion in our enormous Silver Maple, overlooking the Great Peanut Feeding Grounds outside our back door. This is not a new phenomenon by any means, as we have watched our dear Lady Grey do likewise over the past two years. This time, however, the new tenant is one of Lady’s daughters, Brownie by name, who, at age three or thereabouts, has produced a few broods of her own over the past two years & who is a regular at our door.
This process fascinates me… adult keeps a firm grip on youngster’s stomach with her teeth whilst child grabs mother’s neck with that forearm. Tails go where they may. It will be interesting to see if Lady tries to move her current bunch to the old familiar place & finds it occupied. And by a close relative, no less.
While all this was going on, there were other peanut-takers about… Blue Jays in profusion, another Gray (Rupert, daughter of Brownie from two years back), mangy Little Red (squirrel), & little Ms Chipmunk, along with the occasional Cardinal & a Red-bellied woodpecker. Never a dull moment at all.
A picture of Lady Grey transporting her little black sprat Hedgy in similar undignified fashion was taken by Ray a couple of years ago & can be seen here. They trust us completely, it seems.
25 May 2013