For the past couple of weeks squirrels have been scarce on my windowsill, though the nuts, seeds, and acorns I leave out mysteriously disappear. Occasionally I’d get a glimpse of Mother Squirrel—who had a litter a while back—with distended teats, implying that there was a second litter in the works. (Grey squirrels typically have two litters per year in the U.S.) Yesterday I finally saw some juveniles: clearly the second litter. They were small and very cute, and were a bit stymied by the food. I think their teeth aren’t fully developed, and they haven’t yet mastered seed-opening skills.
Young grey squirrels stay in the nest for about two months after birth, I’m told, so it’s no surprise that I haven’t seen these, and that they looked pretty well developed when they appeared. There are two, and they like to hang around together, so I’ll call them fraternal twins.
Here are two photos of them (sorry for the reflections), and two SQUIRREL VIDEOS I took showing them not only eating (with difficulty), but nuzzling.
This one tried to eat an acorn, and got some of it, but also made a mess, scattering bits of the edible nut all around. An adult squirrel would neatly shell the nut and then consume the entire contents:
It took these juveniles about an entire minute to hull and eat a large sunflower seed; an adult can do it in less than three seconds.
Eating and interacting:
It’s nice to get some rodential happiness in a labor-intensive time!