Daytime Visitors

26Jun12

We saw something odd hanging out of one our birdhouses a couple of days ago when it was quite hot. We looked through the binoculars but couldn’t make it out so I went outside to take a closer look and found out it was a Northern Flying Squirrel. Since they are nocturnal (rodents) it is very unusual to see them during the day. Perhaps it was just too hot inside the box. After taking a few shots another head poked out. It was a little smaller so I think it may have been a mother and baby. We relocated another flying squirrel to my husband’s blueberry farm earlier in the spring, birdhouse and all after something ate our bluebirds’ eggs. I suspected the flying squirrel and references indicate their diet consists of bird eggs, fungi, fruits, berries and nuts. Looks like we’ll have to relocate these as well. They have a furry parachute-like membrane that stretches from wrist to ankle which allows them to glide from tree to tree. Notice the bulging nocturnal eyes and flat tail that acts as an airfoil as well as a brake when landing on a tree trunk.

‘One Flying Squirrel’ © Denise Bush

‘Two Flying Squirrels’ © Denise Bush



5 Responses to “Daytime Visitors”

  1. 1 Terry Wilson

    Wow, really cool!

  2. 2 Cathie Bonetti

    So neat! I have never seen a flying squirrel before. I had no idea they were in New Jersey.

  3. What can I say but WOW!

  4. 4 MikeP

    They are cute… BUT… they can and do like chimneys. Before I capped mine one of these odd looking squirrels was attached to my dinning room drape. Caught him out of the corner of my eye…. then chaos ensued. Finally caught him and discovered that it was indeed a flying squirrel, big eyes and everything. Beautiful pics and the bonus…2 of them!!! 🙂

  5. 5 Deb

    Awwwwww…too cute! I’ve never seen them before!


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