Monday, January 28, 2013


A squirrel I don't feel like killing!

A few days ago, the kids ran up to me yelling "There's a mouse in the tree! There's a mouse in the tree!"

Bemused, I followed them to the front yard, machete in hand (as always), wondering what they'd seen.

Instead of a mouse... I found this guy. A flying squirrel! I didn't even know they were native until after I took a few pictures and identified it online. (Sorry, animal lovers... I'm a plant guy. I don't know every local rodent - so sue me!)

I suppose this is yet another benefit of keeping some creature habitat in your yard: Flying tree mice!


At January 28, 2013 at 7:34 AM , Blogger Kimberly said...

That's awesome...I had no idea!

At January 28, 2013 at 2:58 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome-ness! I must keep an eye out.

At January 28, 2013 at 3:16 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

I know... I'm always amazed by what shows up around here. When I first moved to this area, I didn't know the animals... or the trees... or what was edible. The house was a weedy foreclosure that had been over mowed and fertilized for years... then abandoned. Now, after a few years of leaving piles of sticks around, "forgetting" to mow for long periods, and planting lots of trees and plants, I'm finding all kinds of things. This guy might've showed up regardless, but I'm hoping the welcoming atmosphere of my anti-lawn has helped. :)

At January 28, 2013 at 5:00 PM , Blogger Leon said...

ahh... that's what the cat was carrying around may be...

At January 31, 2013 at 9:05 PM , Blogger said...

"Anti-lawn"....I like that. Never heard it put that way.
I, too, am going to keep a sharper I out for flying squirrels (who da thunk?).

Around here, it seems that the more lawn we get rid of, the more cool critters we are attracting. And for the most part, we've had more of the good guys than the varmints.


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