Moving Day by artwhiz47

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.

Hamburg, NY
25 May 2013

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Comments

  • Marvin Collins
    Marvin Collinsalmost 2 years ago

    That’s a beautiful shot Sheila, and I learned something I did not know about squirrels. When I first looked at this I thought she sure had swollen cheeks…………lol.

  • Thanks, Marvin. As I’d seen this phenomenon before, it only took a second to realize what was going on, but the two-tailed squirrel remains a marvel. Love the notion of swollen cheeks… but that would be the Chipmunk!!

    – artwhiz47

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you, Larry. It happens every year, one way or the other…….

    – artwhiz47

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful nature capture Sheila …

  • We didn’t see her moving Number One… did see Number Two going up the tree in tandem with mum, but didn’t have the camera. But since we knew there were almost certainly more to follow, I did get shots of Three (this one) & Four (the smallest of the lot). After which they were all out running around on the huge tree trunk. Finally Brownie ushered them all into the hole, & that was that. They will be a source of entertainment for a while, but eventually Brownie will most likely produce a second brood, & this lot will be on their own. Thanks, Tom.

    – artwhiz47

  • Roy  Massicks
    Roy Massicksalmost 2 years ago

    Lovely image Sheila – your garden must be a work in progress ! Enjoyed your write-up too. Don’t forget, a weeks rent in advance, four weeks bond, and NO PETS will make you a wealthy woman…..lol !

  • Our garden is a MESS! But that’s another story, & we rely on our resident rabbit to keep it weeded. We do require a lease for the Maple Tree Mansions apartment… as we say here, First/Last/Security Deposit. So far Ms. Brownie is in arrears, but we won’t press the point. We figure the entertainment value more than makes up for hard cash. Thanks, Roy, & for favoring this twisted pair!

    – artwhiz47

  • EdsMum
    EdsMumalmost 2 years ago

    She is such a good Mum, Mom Mummy… shirley

  • She is that! Last evening she came down for a few peanuts, keeping one eye on her sprats milling about above us. Such a crew. Thanks, Shirley.

    – artwhiz47

  • (Tallow) Dave  Van de Laar
    (Tallow) Dave ...almost 2 years ago

    well that’s something I have never seen before. Great shot Sheila?

  • Until two years ago when we watched Lady go through this (& she did it again last year), neither of us had ever observed this behavior either, despite growing up with squirrels in profusion in Lewiston & Youngstown, & living with them here for almost 40 years!! The four sprats are plenty active up in the big tree now… haven’t figured out what to do with peanuts yet, but Brownie has been down for her share several times! Thanks, Dave, & for the favorite. I was lucky to get this shot….

    – artwhiz47

  • John44
    John44almost 2 years ago
    Very nice composition Sheila
  • Thanks, John… this was truly a Point & Shoot & Hope For The Best shot… I was really pleased with the results!

    – artwhiz47

  • peaky40
    peaky40almost 2 years ago

    Fantastic wildlife shot Shelia!

  • And our Fantastic Wildlife thank you for comment & favour!

    – artwhiz47

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepalmost 2 years ago

    How wonderful!! Excellent work!

  • Thanking you, Gena! As I said elsewhere, this was one lucky shot!! Not much margin for error. And thanks for the favorite, too.

    – artwhiz47

  • Deborah Downes
    Deborah Downesalmost 2 years ago

    Great timing and shot, Sheila. Fascinating moving process, one I’ve never had the pleasure of witnessing.

  • I’m sure there are plenty of people out there who HAVE seen this behavior, but as I said somewhere, in all our decades & decades of observing wildlife, we had never witnessed this kind of thing until just two years or so ago…. I still think the fact that our lady squirrels perform right under our noses (literally) speaks to their trust in us. They are still wild animals to the core, & they are not complacent about the dangers that surround them, but we humans are part of their everyday world. I like to interact with them, but not to make pets of them! Seems to be working…. Thanks, Deb, & for the fave.

    – artwhiz47

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