Baby squirrel parade

This is the time of year the tiny baby squirrels come out of their nests and start exploring their new world, and I really love watching them. I have a balcony that hangs out over a deep wash, and in the sides of the wash are a large number of holes that the squirrels use for their nests, so I have a front row view. When the little ones come out, they first stay close to the nest, checking out all the brand new things that the world has to offer. They cautiously move out in small circles, sniffing every leaf, rock and twig that they find. Then they start scampering out a little farther, investigating every inch. By the time they have been out of the nest for a few days, they reach the house, which is a whole new adventure for them. Squirrels can climb stucco like it is tree bark, so they are all over the place. Quite often I will be standing at the kitchen window and suddenly a little head will pop up and peek in. They scrabble away at the windows, not understanding what glass is and why they can’t get through it. They sample plants in the yard, and discover the delights of bird seed on the patio. The water dish becomes a part of their daily routine. Then after a few weeks they are gone, off to settle new territories.

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