While stopping for lunch the other day, movement on a nearby tree caught my eye. This hollowed-out hole has been in this tree since we moved here last year. In strong storms last year, the top of this tree fell off just above the hole. We always figured this was one of the many discarded woodpecker holes in the woods. But lo and behold, someone climbed out.
This youngster was quite small compared to the adult squirrels we commonly see scampering about. I’d estimate this small squirrel was maybe 5-6 long. It wasn’t very sure of its footing and it never ventured more than a few inches from the entrance to the nest inside.
It made one quick climb to the top of the hole and then from one side of the tree trunk to the other, not sure of how brave it could safely be.
Not soon after it ventured out, it was time to head back in to the safety and warmth of the thick nest inside. No time was wasted in scrambling back indoors.
Only just barely could I make out a little gray head, peeking out from within. After the last look it took outside, it curled back up and was done for the day.