Dave Thomas, who lives in Lansdowne, just sent over some great photos of a flying squirrel that has taken up residence in one of his bluebird nest boxes.
Luckily, Dave was at the ready with his camera as this little friend came out of the box one day, and he got some amazing views of them. I’m not sure what it is about these guys, but boy are they cute!
For those who have been receiving our emails and such for awhile, this is the same bluebird nestbox that was featured on the cover of Loudoun Magazine with a beautiful bluebird flying out of it. The bluebirds are now using a different nestbox (and it’s quite likely due to this little fella (or little miss) moving in).
To share Dave’s photos with all of you, I’ve posted them to a photo album on our facebook page. As you look at the photos, be sure to notice the flaps of skin around its arms. This is what enables this little guy to “fly” (or really, to glide).
If you’d like to learn more about flying squirrels….their habits and habitats, I did a podcast on flying squirrels a little while back.
It also amazes me that we hardly ever see them yet they are all around us – numbering as many as the gray squirrels we have out and about during the daytime.