25 January 2009

He's inclined toward progress

Mr. Tilty is doing fine. This should set the record straight for anyone who has been worried about him (and that includes me).

He was seen out and about during the last snowfall a few days ago and today, I am happy to report, he was back atop his regular nestbox. Weaker squirrels often get picked on and I'd feared he might have been evicted. But no, he has not been thrown out by some cruel rodent landlord or by a contentious roommate wanting to crack nuts privately, late into the night; rather, Mr. Tilty has been sharing his living quarters, as squirrels - even warring ones - often do in the winter because friendship is the greatest warmth that acorns can buy when the temps drop to single digits.

I admire him for the one habit he has displayed, which I find particularly endearing - sitting atop his nestbox, even in these frigid temps, basking in the sun. He takes it all in, crooked angle notwithstanding. Sitting up there, he is full-bodied and apparently happy, his nose sticking almost straight up in the air.
Tilted or not, he seems to be sitting on top of the world.


Lone Grey Squirrel said...

Glad to hear that he is doing well and not evicted.

unclebob said...

I'm glad that Mr. Tilty is enjoying the sun. Keep up your good work with our rodent friends. We feed a dozen squirrels at our bird feeder (along with a few birds).

Kat Mortensen said...

Oh, that's so good to hear! I had feared for him too. He must be a stalwart little fella. Sun-basking does a body good in these cold days.


Cactus Jack Splash said...

I am so glad to read this. For some reason this little guy has captured my heart.

squirrelmama said...

Thanks, we feel so lucky to have him. And he really is a joy to watch - he was around most of today picking up the nuts as fast as we could throw them.

Anonymous said...

Whatever you guys have, it must be catching. I've got what I'm sure will soon be a mama squirrel (nipples don't lie) making a nest in a climbing vine next to one of my windows (second story). I'm keeping the blinds cracked, but my question is: How much can she see what goes on inside the room? I don't want to scare her away.
Dallas, again.

squirrelmama said...

Dallas, this is indeed how "Squirrel Fever" starts. It can have a very long incubation period, as I suspect your case has been. However, if you start wondering if they can see you inside the house, the infection has already spread.
In answer to your question: YES. They can see you, they are watching you and out in the trees they are probably talking about you. (I learned this long ago).
You are now responsible for taking care of that little momma and her brood.
Your life will never be the same.
But.....in a way that's good, you know?