1. hello! here's a thread about the tiny squirrels that lived in my window in the winter of 2009. meet our protagonist.
4. we had these weird windows that had an inside and an outside pane, with a few inches of space in between. in the cold months people would use that gap space as a cheapass beer fridge. I had happened to have the inside pane closed and the outside pane open a crack. piece by piece, she built a nest.
@prehensile I wonder if mom moved them to another, larger nesting location--it seems odd that they'd all leave the nest in a few hours on their own for outside adventures. I'd have to dig into squirrel behavior to figure that out. I know some mammals move nests fairly frequently, and with birds basically as soon as the kids are able to get out of the nest it's effectively impossible to keep them in and the parent(s) switch to "try to keep an eye on them and keep them fed while they work out how to fly" mode. this is a really interesting and very cute thread, thank you! 💚 also, may I follow you? :)
@troodon that's pretty much what I think happened. the kids were still barely able to move around on their own when they all left.
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@prehensile @troodon Squirrels will move nests for any variety of reasons: Too small, too noisy, maybe there’s a predator that’s moved in nearby. She had probably been building a new one during the day and moved them out one by one while you were in class :) Once they are fluffy they are ready to go out into the world!
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