Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Flying Squirrel

One of our hardest working trail volunteers, who asked not to be credited so I'll just say it was "RS", took this picture of a Southern Flying Squirrel eating suet at his home in Shelton (it was dark out). People are often surprised to hear we have flying squirrels. The squirrels are very small and nocturnal, so even though the they are common, most people never see them. Earlier this fall, a resident from Pine Rock Park noted a family of flying squirrels there, and said he could find them with a flashlight by listening for the sound of falling acorns. Soon after learning that tip, my son heard acorns falling on the driveway as he headed out for the school bus at dawn. He looked up, and sure enough, there was a little party of flying squirrels. A neighbor of mine also noted flying squirrels at her bird feeder a few years ago, but as much as I checked my feeders in the dark, I never saw any.

3 comments:

RS said...

Just a point of clarification: In the phrase "Southern Flying Squirrel eating suet at his home in Shelton", the home referred to belongs to RS, not the squirrel. Said squirrel lives in a high-rise elsewhere in Huntington.

Anonymous said...

The video is no longer available by clicking on the link.

Teresa said...

Hmmm, the link is working for me.