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FLYING SQUIRREL PAGE

A Robin's Diary

Critter Cam

Wildlife Video Clips

 

 

 

 

Robin's Nest Blog 2005

HowpPeg Nature Page

2004 Robin's Nest

Backyard Wildlife  Directory

 

 

 

 

 Flying Squirrel Broad Band

Nature  Streaming Videos

NATURE - Mini  MOVIES

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Howpeg Hummingbird page

2006 Wildlife Diary

Robin's Nest Blog 2006

Song Sparrow Nest Blog 2006

 

 

 

 

 

2007 Wildlife Journal

2008 Journal

 Celebrity Farewells

 

 

 

 

Follow the latest Wildlife Adventure  on the Howpeg 2010 journal

 

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A Very Special Thanks to all who have responded by  sending  your Comments and sharing your own Critter experiences and for those who have asked about how to do this please visit my How I Do it Page

The fascination Nature holds for most of us is shared throughout our World and the observance of Nature's  Sights and Sounds seem even to provide a universal language that transcends Racial, Political, Linguistic and Geographical Boundaries that  can separate and isolate us.

The Wonderful thing about the Internet is the ability to make the whole world a neighborhood and in some measure find that we just might have more in common than the sum of our differences.

So a Robin's nest basically  is the same in Kentucky as it is in Texas, New York or Montreal  and Flying Squirrels really do exist and in so many places as evidenced by all of you who have related similar experiences.

Comments have come from many Locations. This page will be updated as new entries are received.

Note I do not include Email addresses in responses that I post here due to the spammers and opportunist on the internet that search for any address to abuse.  If for any reason you would like to have your Email posted in your response, please indicate in your Guest Book Message. Thank You.

Flying Squirrel Sighting Report  Location Index

 Guest Book comments and Replies

 I will use this page to respond to any questions that I can answer from Our Guest Book Entries.   For Web Security reasons,  We do not  respond or reply  directly via Email addresses.

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Flying Squirrel Sighting map from Visitors Guest Book  and Comments Entries

Click on the map for a full page view

Flying Squirrel Sighting Report  Location Index

 

 

All of the States East of the Mississippi River, have now confirmed Flying Squirrel sightings via our Visitor comments. Thank You to all who have participated and to all of those who will with their sighting reports yet to be. Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Kansas California, Washington and Alaska as well as many  Canadian Locations,  have also reported Flying Squirrel sightings. Don't think we can possibly get all of the states represented as most likely not indigenous to the Southwest and Plains. Still, we will keep a light on and hope to add as many locations as we can.

Visitor comments are always welcome and will be added to our Guest Book Response link.  Please send your comments by clicking on  Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: C:\Users\HowPeg\Documents\My Weblog Posts\comments3.jpgand include your general area, IE City and State or Country If you have a .jpg of the wildlife referred to in your comments and would like to have it posted just attach it to your comments.

Visitor comments and replies can be viewed on this page ----Thank  You

 

 

 

Picture by Shannon Danzo at HowPeg Feeder Tree July 6, 2013

Click on picture for large version.

For over 30 years the Flying Squirrels have visited our backyard Oak Trees to feast on the sunflower hearts and peanut butter that we have put out for them most every night. While their numbers always decrease as summer winds down they have always returned to the feast during the winter and in numbers by early spring. They do have to compete for the food we put out for them against the raccoons who always show up to devour most of the squirrel food. 2013 has been no exception. Click on the link below to see the 2013 Flying Squirrel Story Video.

FLYING SQUIRREL 2013 VIDEO

 


For that Beloved Pet. A Beautiful way to keep it near always.  Click on the thumbnail

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A new page where I plan to place  favorite HowPeg videos has been added. Most of these Videos are large files which will stream but will require High Speed Internet access to view. This page will be updated with the best from our site and future efforts. Thank you for visiting.

Click on this link or the HowPeg Logo for the Page.

 

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The Summer of 2007 has produced the most Hummingbird numbers at our feeders than ever before. Guess they like it hot, hot, hot, because that is what this summer has been here in Kentucky. The good news is that they afforded many picture and video opportunities. Try the 2007 Hummingbird link for some of the pictures or click on the hummer picture.

 

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The 2007 Robin nest story completed  with all four hatchlings having joined the Family of Robins successfully. Hatching started on May 5 and the last one hatched on may 7. The same two day difference prevailed through the fledgling time, which in this case was 14 days for all four birds.   Click on the picture to go to the 2007 Journal for daily updates and  daily Videos from the nest.

 

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For Cable or DSL

The 2008 Robin nest adventure was all set to be another successful hatch to Fledge story. But it was not to be. This one is a bit intense but gives a perspective of nature at its best and worst.

The 2008 Robin Nest Video Production

Read the Story on the April Page 2008 Journal

 

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More Flying Squirrel Pictures

More Hummingbird pictures


Visitor Comments



Comments from HowPeg

Per the suggestion of  peanut butter as a potential attraction for the flying squirrels submitted by a visitor from Corning Ohio, and due to the failure to see any flyers for the past year, primarily due to medical emergencies in our household and lack of feeding them, I decided to give it a try. Within three days of spreading the peanut butter around their previous favorite tree feeder the little guy in the picture showed up and has been nightly for the last few days. Thanks for the suggestion

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Flying squirrels are not the only peanut butter aficionados. This Mockingbird now bugs me daily to replenish the peanut butter on the feeder which disappears each night.

Howpeg 2010 Journal

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Visitor Comments

Sent: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 5:30 AM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying squirrel

 

The flying squirrel was in my chicken coop when I opened the door at 4:30 this morning. We're in Coatesville Indiana.

 Shane

Thank you Shane for your Flying Squirrel report from Coatesville. Your Location will be added to our Sighting Location page.  Thanks for visiting.

 

Sent: Wednesday, August 13, 2014 12:22 AM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying Squirrel
 

 

Hello, I live on the south side of South Bend, IN and just saw a Flying Squirrel for the first time! It was very odd, because it was hanging onto the emblem on the side of my husband's truck. My daughter spotted it out the window, and called me over.  I couldn't figure out what it was. I thought maybe it was a baby squirrel that fell from the tree and latched onto the truck. I snapped a photo with my phone and then went and put on some gloves.  I went outside and approached it very slowly. When I got a few feet away it turned and looked at me with those big black eyes.  I looked at him really closely and saw the flaps of skin under his arms. Then I knew it was a Flying Squirrel.  Since I've never seen one before I wasn't sure if it was an adult or a baby. I thought he was stuck there.  So very slowly I reached out to help him down. When I got about a half inch from touching him, he jumped into the air, landed on the driveway, ran to the tree and scurried up faster than any squirrel I've ever seen! It was pretty neat, I didn't know they were around here and I've lived here my whole life. I've included my cellphone photo. I measured his length on the truck by looking at the photo, he is about 7-1/2 inches from top of head to tip of tail. 

Thanks,

Michele B-H

Thank you Michele, for visiting and sharing your first flying Squirrel experience as well as your daughter's. We have received many comments and pictures over the years, but yours is the first picture of a flyer clinging to the side of a vehicle. Your sighting will be the second posted here from South Bend, Indiana. Thank you also for pointing out the problem with the link to the EMAIL address on this web page. I have corrected that, so thanks again.

 

Sent: Friday, July 04, 2014 11:33 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying squirrel sighting, Indiana
 

We spotted a pair feeding on our deck on the 4th of july.  Location was Downtown Laporte, IN
Thanks for the information on your si
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Duffy S.

And Thank you for visiting and your sighting report from Laporte. Laporte has been added to the sighting location page. Thank you also for the Pictures of your flyers. I am thinking  of adding a separate page for each visitor's pictures. Not sure yet what page design I  will use, just yet but each of my viewers deserves a page of their own for the flying squirrels. I will start with yours Duffy and unless flolks don't mind having their full name used I will only use first name and last initial. If any visitor with jpgs want their full name on their page then please advise that is what you want. NOTE I usually attempt to post all visitor replies within 24 hours but of course due to the holiday this time I failed in that mission. My apology. I will post the links to the new pages here on the comments page.

Duffy S Flying Squirrel Pictures

 

Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2014 4:43 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying Squirrels
 

I has been my pleasure to have discovered night time visitors to my squirrel proof bird feeder attached directly to a huge white pine tree, about 7 feet from the ground next to my deck.

I moved back to Wisconsin about four years ago from Alaska. I live in Stettin Wisconsin which is annexed to Wausau. My residence is adjacent to the Little Rib River and are surrounded by a mixed forest with a lot of white pine. We experienced a really harsh winter last and this year with a lot of minus 35 - 45 below temperatures.I like living near a city but not in one and prefer to live on the outskirts leaving the hustle, bustle and unwanted noise for others who do not mind it.

To my delight I saw a Northern Flying Squirrel! At first I was stumped. What the heck was that little creature I just saw? My sister informed correctly what it was. And it has been a welcome addition to my friend list ever since.

I just wanted to let you know they are here and appear to be thriving. I am now going to see if there is only one or a community of them and am hoping for the latter. Until later, Andrew S.

Thank you Andrew for your report from Stettin and congratulations on your discovery. A very cold winter here in the Ohio River Valley as well although nothing on the scale you are describing. Proves that both of the North American species of Flyers are hearty little guys. Ours are mostly the Southern Flying Squirrels and as you describe yours are no doubt the Northern variety. Again Thanks for visiting and your report and Stettin will be added to our sighintng location page.

 

 

Sent: Sunday, December 15, 2013 6:48 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Northern flying Squirrel sighting

 

We captured and released one of these from our house in the Town of Lee (Lake Delta) in Oneida County, NY.

Dan E

 

Thank you for visiting and reporting your Flying Squirrel sighting Story in Lee, New York. Your location will be added to our sighting location page.  Happy Holidays

 

 

 

Sent: Saturday, September 07, 2013 10:12 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying squirrel sighting

Hi there! I was hoping I could be added to your flying squirrel sightings page. I had one fly right past my head tonight and I turned my flashlight just in time to see the little guy scamper up a tree! This is the second sighting. My neighbor snapped a picture of one a few years ago in our back yard.

The location is near Columbia City, Indiana - more specifically at Loon Lake, North of Columbia City. Thanks! Nathan M

 

Thank You Nathan for your report from Loon Lake, near Columbia City Indiana. Your sighting location will be added to our growing Flying Squirrel Sighting location page and as you can readily see the Flyers have been reported from many locations in Indiana as well as most all states east of the Mississippi River.  Interesting little animals for sure. Thanks again for visiting and your report.

 

Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 5:35 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying squirrels

 

I had nursed a sick wild flying squirrel back to health when I was younger only to find out she was pregnant. She had 5 babies that we raised and released when they were old enough. Matt P. London, Kentucky

Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience in caring for this Flying Squirrel Family. I hope they have all prospered and are responsible for many more of these adorable little creatures. Perhaps some of the 10 to 15 that fly in to our feeder tree each evening to get the sunflower hearts and peanut butter are direct descendants of those you cared for. Thanks for visiting and your comments.

 

 

Picture by Shannon Danzo at HowPeg Feeder Tree July 6, 2013

Click on picture for large version.

 

 

Sent: Saturday, February 09, 2013 2:51 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: 2 Flying Squirrels Sighted in Green Bay Wisconsin

 

Last night I was walking my dog when I saw 2 flying squirrels in the tree.  I stood there wonder what they were because I never seen one before.  They were so small and fast.  Sue

 

Thank you for visiting, Sue,  and sharing your first Flying Squirrel encounter. I trust it was an exciting event for you as it usually is for all of us when we first make that discovery. There are many reports on our sighting location page from Wisconsin but you are the first to report from Green Bay and Green Bay will be added to that page. Thank you very much

Flying Squirrel Sighting Report  Location Index

 

Comments from a visitor in Starks, Louisiana

 

Sent: Saturday, January 12, 2013 9:23 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: I think I have flying squirrels

 

While painting my house I took these photos. Do you have a sound track to the chirping the flying squirrel makes. I think they are here but newly retired generated interest such things.  
Paul

Starks Louisiana

 

Thanks for visiting.  I will add Starks to the Flying Squirrel location page and I will also post your message on the Comments page soon.

The only picture I received in your email was the picture of a young Pileated Woodpecker.  

The only bit of sound I have recorded is in this clip

http://www.flyingsquirrel.howpeg.com/sounds/flyingsquirrelsqueakeditedmp3.wav

 

This clip also plays as you open the flying squirrel web page    http://www.flyingsquirrel.howpeg.com/flyingsquirrelsareforrealbroadband.htm

 

No doubt you have Flying Squirrels as the following indicates previous web site visitors have verified their presence in your State.

Louisiana, Abbeville - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Arnaudville - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Bastrop - Flying Squirrels

Louisiana, Baton Rouge - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Birdnest - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Choudrant - Flying Squirrels

Louisiana, Covington - Flying Squirrels -- (2) Louisiana, Folsom- Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Lake Charles - Flying Squirrels

Louisiana, Livingston - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Madisonville- Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Mandeville- Flying Squirrels

Louisiana, Monroe - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, New Iberia - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Prairieville -Flying Squirrels

Louisiana, Shreveport-Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Slaughter - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Springhill - Flying Squirrels

Louisiana, Sulphur - Flying Squirrels Louisiana, Thibodaux - Flying Squirrels

Good luck in your positive Identification of your Flying Squirrels and Thanks again for visiting.

 

 

 

Comments from a visitor in Crown Point, Indiana

Sent: Monday, November 26, 2012 3:42 AM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting

 

Just wanted to report a sighting of these fascinating creatures.  I saw two of them tonight in a deciduous wood located in Crown Point, Indiana, which is located in Lake County, in the Northwestern part of the state.  Their size, appearance, even vocalizations matched those that I found in descriptions when I got home.  Thanks!

 

Thank you for visiting and your sighting report from Crown Point. It is always welcome news when another of our visitors confirm the presence of these little guys in their location.

 

 

Comments from a visitor in Rockville Centre, NY, Long Island

 

 

To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: squirrel sighting

Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2012 1:02 PM

 

Hi, My name is Kim I live in Rockville Centre, NY, Long Island.  This spring the kids and I were sitting outside

enjoying ice pops on one of the first warm nights and we heard a lot of squeaking in the tree near us. To our surprise there were 5 flying squirrels in the tree gliding from branch to branch.  I have lived on Long Island my whole life and have never seen flying squirrels before. Thought that it was a fluke and that we would never see them again. To our surprise we have. We saw one a few nights ago and unfortunately found a dead one this morning. I guess they are here to stay. 

 

Thank you, Kim,  for visiting and your report from Rockville Centre and welcome to the “Have Seen Flying Squirrels Club” I am sure it was exciting to make the discovery and no doubt an experience that the kids will never forget. Rockville Centre will be added to our Flying Squirrel location page.

 

Comments from a visitor in Cranford, New Jersey

 

 

Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 11:07 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com; "<webcomments"@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying Squirrels

 

Hi there!

I have another sighting to add to your map and list...  Cranford, NJ.  I have no clue how the little bugger got in, but we had one in my Mom's house last night!  I had the Humane Society come catch it today, and requested that it be released in the park.  It was adorable, and VERY smart for a baby!  But it's much cuter NOT in the house, LOL!
Jenni S

 

Thank you for visiting and for sure I would agree, in most cases ,  much cuter in the great outdoors. That must have created a bit of excitement. Cranford will be added to our sighting location page. Thanks again for your report.

 

 

Comments from a visitor in Britt, Minnesota

 

Sent: Saturday, August 18, 2012 11:32 AM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying Squirrel, but no Moose

 

Well, we're not at Frostbite Falls, but getting close. Actually, we are a bit south in Britt, MN. 

A few weeks ago, my daughter who was visiting from Bangkok and could not sleep during "normal hours", noticed a racket in the bird feeder and reported that we have flying squirrels.  We've been enjoying their nightly visits ever since!

 

Wow you are certainly in the Northern Country. From the looks of things with Google Maps  appears to be all Conifers which no doubt means your flyers are the Northern Flying Squirrels. Congratulations on arranging for them to show up in time for your Daughter’s visit. Thank you for visiting and your report from Britt. Your location will be added to our location page.

 

Comments from a visitor in Southampton, Pennsylvania

 

Sent: Monday, July 09, 2012 2:57 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: we have a few here

 

Upper Southampton Pa. Little joys they are!

Thank you for your Flying Squirrel report from Southampton. Your location will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting Location page.  They are indeed little joys to most who have been fortunate enough to have seen them, especially up close. They are adorable little guys. Thanks also for visiting our web pages.

 

 

Comments from a visitor in San Clemente, California

 

Sent: Sunday, July 01, 2012 4:40 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Another loyal website viewer

 

Hello Howard,

You may recall that I have written to you a couple of times in the past. I have been a loyal viewer of your website for many years. I wanted to tell you how sorry I am to hear of the loss of your wife. I also wanted to let you know that your website is an important outlet for some of us who are looking to nature as a way to cope in today's crazy world. I lost my beloved brother to cancer last year so I too am struggling with the grief that comes along with the loss of a loved one. Your website and it's wonderful pictures and videos have been a comfort to me when I want to "escape" for a little while from my hectic day. I do miss your nature posts as well and I hope that someday you will be able to continue it but I can understand how difficult it is to keep up with the work involved to keep it current.  I wanted you to know yet again that your efforts are very much appreciated and they are not going unnoticed. I have even used some of your backyard photos as my computer's desktop wallpaper as it brings me comfort to see a calm and serene picture of a beautiful backyard with a robin hunting for worms. I hope that one day when the time is right you will be able to post some new pictures and/or videos as they are truly missed by many of us. I will continue to check in on a regular basis. I wanted you to know that you are not alone in your grief and that you provide an oasis for me to turn to that is much appreciated. Thank you for that.

A loyal viewer and friend, 

Dianne

San Clemente, CA

P.S. I just finished reading a book that I think you may enjoy. It is about a robin's life written from the perspective of a robin. I read the entire book within a couple of days. Since I know that you love robins as much as I do I'm sure you would find it enjoyable. It is called "The Seasons of the Robin" by Don Grussing. It can be purchased through Amazon.

 

P.S #2 - I will leave it up to you as to whether you want to post my email on your site as I know it's content is a bit personal. But I wanted to be sure that I expressed my appreciation for your website and condolences for your loss. Take care of yourself.....I know from personal experience what a difficult struggle it is. All the best.

 

Thank you Dianne-- Your words as always, are very welcome to me at this very difficult time. The world for me has changed dramatically as after 57 years of togetherness, my beloved wife and best friend has left my side. As you might guess though that is only the physical part of my dear Peggy, as her Love, and Spirit are still very much with me. I am very sorry to hear of your loss as well and hope soon you find comfort from your grief. It is no easy task and for me, do not ever expect that emptiness to subside. Your very kind words over the years have been very much appreciated by me that you find some enjoyment in something for me which has been a labor of love. I would very much like to resume in some form in the future.  I am still very much drawn to the miracle of Nature so my hope is that  I can develop some new ideas to add to my pages. For now though I have insured that they will remain available on line at least for the next two years and hopefully much more. I will continue to try to post and answer all of my visitors comments as in a way it has been like a big family of folks with similar interest and appreciation for the wonders and Beauty of Nature. Even now I go back over this comments page and reread messages from 8 to 10 years ago which I have left posted and will continue to add to as they are received.  Thanks also for your reading suggestion and thanks again for visiting our pages over the years.

 

 

Comments from a visitor in New York

Sent: Monday, June 25, 2012 12:04 AM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: so very sorry for your loss

I was so sorry to learn that your wife passed away in January.  About 4 or 5 years ago we had a robins' nest in a large euonymus bush in our back yard that we could just about peer into from a second floor window.  It was thrilling to watch the progress of the birds but nerve-wracking at the same time.  The little ones either fledged or met an unfortunate fate when we were away one weekend.  My search for more information about their possible fate led me to your site and I became a devoted reader.  Your keen and compassionate observations about nature have been such a pleasure to read over the years.  I felt I was getting to know you!  The drop in activity over the past two years and the occasional indications that there were health issues in the family concerned me, and now this sad news.  Please know that a stranger in New York is thinking of you. Sincerely,  Kathy

P.S. I wonder if resuming posts of your nature observations might be good therapy for you in your grief -- ? 

 

Thank you Kathy for a very sweet note and your thinking of me at this time is most appreciated. You have indeed brightened my day with not only your compassion, but also for being a regular visitor over the years to our pages. The webpages have been certainly for me a labor of love and a diversion for both Peggy and me over the now nearly 10 years I have been constructing howpeg.com. I hope in the future to add more pages if possible and when  I am inspired with some new project.  I visit her at her resting place every day and keep the flowers fresh in the vase and tell her of all things, and your note and all the comments we receive from all our visitors are indeed shared with her. Thanks so much for visiting and especially sharing your comments. Howard

Comments from a visitor in Parker, Colorado

Sent: Saturday, June 23, 2012 6:05 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Robin Journal, amazing and Thank YOU!

Hi,

http://www.howpeg.com/robinblog2005/ 

Not sure what your name is but just wanted to thank you for your due diligence in putting all these amazing videos

along with your interpretations and heartfelt thoughts.  I just spent an hour going through and reading them all.

I especially liked the description "sad happiness", perfectly worded...

We had a robins nest in the side of our house since the end of May and today was flegde day for them, and the description of

"sad happiness" is a perfect description of how I'm feeling.  The pair had 3 chicks, yesterday we noticed one was missing and searched our whole yard thinking it had prematurely fallen out of the nest, now thinking the one had flown the nest a day earlier, and the other two made the jump today.

We live in Parker, CO and the weather has been hot here lately.  I am now currently watching one of the fledgling in a bush not far from the nest, it is quite low to the ground, so I'm a bit worried about it when dusk hits as there is a feral cat that wanders the yards in the midnight hour.  I have done volunteer work for the US Division of Wildlife as nature has always fascinated me and keeps me grounded, so I'm weilding a lot of energy to prevent myself from intervening in this amazing feat of nature....survivalness

 

I also want to thank you for sharing a brief moment of your childhood in which an unfortunate robin met it's demise from an innocent stone throwing goliath.  Some experiences in childhood stay forever, and they are great lessons.

 

 I haven’t seen any new data in your website, and tried to search for  "how peg" on facebook with no luck.  Hope you continue to add more things about animals, and again thank you for a great website about nature and how it never ceases to amaze us. 

  How humans boast to love their kids diligently, but after watching this robin pair for weeks working together (very loyaly) raising 3 strong fledgings, and going through raising my twin children, ALONE, ,  nature truly has the upper hand, and is really above us humans in a lot of ways..... 

Link to one of the fledgling which ended up only 20ft away from the nest in the lilac bush.

http://youtu.be/NIaMaLJKyfw 

Sincerely, Carol

 

Thank you so very much for your much appreciated words and visiting our pages. Sounds like you were and are very much in touch with your Robin family. I wish so many folks would take the time to really study up close and personal these families during the most important month of their lives. They are indeed role models that many of we human kind could learn from about parenting -from preparing the home, to providing for all their needs, to  protecting, teaching, and in the end preparing them to take care of themselves – this the next generation of their species. Most importantly doing it as a perfect team of two dedicated parents. I am hopeful at least that the fledgling in your video and for which you are concerned will roost tonight on a branch far out of the reach of the stray cat and other varmints No new projects since the 2010 journal.  We have dealt with many health issues over the last few years and my lovely Wife finally lost the battle and passed away on January 22, 2012. Howpeg.com is not on facebook but a search of howpeg or howpeg.com should provide many links to our different pages. Do not use a space between how and peg, just howpeg will find most of our links. Finally because I normally post and reply on this page, I took the liberty of leaving out one of your lines. If you would prefer for it to be  included, just let me know with another message to webcomments@howpeg.com and I will add it back in. Thanks again Carol for visiting and your comments.--- Howard

 

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Comments from a visitor in Westpoint, Indiana

Sent: Friday, June 08, 2012 8:54 AM
To: 'webcomments@howpeg.com'
Subject: I've lived on my property for 15 years.

 

My property is heavily wooded.  I have NEVER seen these little guys until we were checking the woods at night (25 acres of Eastern White pines and hardwoods) for raccoons and found a rather large population of flying squirrels.

Not sure if they are the Southern or Northern variety.  They were all around us in the trees.  I was very jazzed. 

 

Westpoint, Indiana – between West Lafayette and Attica

Thank you for visiting and sharing your first sighting experience with our visitors. Yours could probably be either one of the two types. The Northern does prefer Coniferous Forrest and the Southern the Deciduous. Sounds like you have the right mix for both. Slight differences between the two varieties can be identified at various locations on the Internet.

 

Comments from a visitor in Louisville, Kentucky

Sent: Sunday, May 13, 2012 5:48 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: First time!!

I cut down a limb off of my maple tree in louisville Kentucky only to find a flying squirrel shimmy up and down right next to me within 3 feet of my body. It was so cool and made me smile. Happy to have seen one and have it in my yard. My home is his home. Very nice.

 

Thank you for sharing your sighting from here in Louisville and welcome to the “have seen a Flying Squirrel Club” More folks have not seen them than have seen them and what a pity. Usually first sightings are an exciting experience.

 

Comments from a visitor in Ellsworth, Maine
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2012 5:34 PM

Subject: Flying squirrel sighting

We see one this afternoon around 4. I had thought I had seen one in the past but could never get a good look to be sure. We live in Ellsworth, Maine. Near Acadia National Park. I have enclosed a pic, although not a very good angle, but it was the best he/she would allow. Not that you can tell from the pic, but he/she was only about three feet off the ground  Thank you  Kenn

 

 

Thank you for your report near the Beautiful Acadia National park and Cadillac Mountain. Sorry for the late posting of your comments, but very much appreciate your visit and your information. Ellsworth will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting Location Page.

 

Comments from a visitor in Abbeville, Louisiana

Sent: Sunday, January 22, 2012 9:44 AM

Subject: flying squirrel near gulf coast LA

We live in Abbeville, Louisiana which is located in Southwest Louisiana. Our home is on the natural levee of Bayou Vermilion, and we have a several different species of acorn bearing oaks. Yesterday we saw our first flying squirrel, which had built a nest in the wood duck box. When the squirrel flew from the box up to the adjacent tree I took his picture. We wonder what other creatures are living in our backyard that are yet to be discovered!

 

 

Comments from a visitor in Mayfield, Kentucky

Sent: Monday, January 09, 2012 11:11 AM
To: 'webcomments@howpeg.com'
Subject: Flying squirrel Mayfield Kentucky

I have never heard of flying squirrels in Mayfield and I looked at your map and saw no reports of them here.  One came into my house over the weekend and just wanted to get it on the map perhaps.

Thanks

 

Comments from a visitor in Ronkokoma, Long Island, New York

Sent: Sunday, January 01, 2012 1:45 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying Squirrel

Hi, we live on Long Island, NY, in Ronkonkoma. We spotted at about 9:45pm, on Dec. 30th, 2011, a quiet evening,  a small flying squirrel gliding from a very old silver oak tree, across our extremely wide driveway to another tree in our front yard. We are assuming it was a Southern Flying Squirrel, because of the size, but are not sure. He scurried very fast all around the tree it landed in before then jumping and gliding on to our roof.

We are happy to see other sittings near us in Nesconset, which is the next door to us, as we are the town boundary.ank you!

Karen R.

 

Comments from a visitor in Dearborn, Michigan

Sent: Tuesday, December 20, 2011 1:53 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying squirrels and raccoons

I understand and appreciate the special nature of your backyard flying squirrel sightings. In terms of the raccoon challenges--I met someone who fed flying squirrels in his yard by putting the seed into bird box-style boxes. The holes that the squirrels went into to get the seed were about downy woodpecker size. He said he had done that to prevent other animals from eating the seed and also to reduce the chances of predation by owls, etc. His backyard was in Plymouth, Michigan, and he had several large oaks just like yours! Thanks again for the enjoyable information and keep it up! Rick S  Dearborn, MI

 

Thank you for visiting and your suggestion as to besting the raccoons. Sounds like a good idea. Plymouth will be added to our Flying Squirrel location page and appreciate your comments from Dearborn.

Comments from a visitor in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 7:42 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Lake Geneva, WI

45 years old and I have seen my first pair of flying squirrel tonight.  I have been watching them for 2 to 3 months now trying to figure out what they were I thought they we bat’s with fuzzy tan tummies….Tonight they played for a while and didn’t seem too afraid of me and the dog.  Must be getting to know Us now.   Squirrel #1 peaked out and I could positively see his cute little nose with larger eyes.

How wonderful.  Is there anything I can do to help them along this winter?

Seems they like pumpkins - 

I do not see any other ground squirrels around anymore – is this because they are inhabiting the tree?

Please add Lake Geneva, WI to your post for sightings.   Bless these little creatures     !Bobbi J

 

 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your exciting discovery with our visitors. Sounds like you are experiencing the same pleasant wonderment, that most of our first sighting visitors have expressed and was certainly so for us now 18 years ago. As far as helping them through the winter, I imagine they can fend for themselves pretty well, but perhaps putting a bit of peanut butter out on a feeder or on the tree might keep them attached to your yard. Sorry  Cannot provide any useful comments on the disappearance of ground squirrels but thanks  again for visiting . Lake Geneva will be added to our location page.

 

Comments from a visitor in Acushnet, Massachusetts

Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2011 6:25 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: flying squirrel

11/26/11 Acushnet,MA

Woke up last to my girlfriend screaming out my name I jump from bed scurried to the living room only to find an uninvited guest .I don’t know who was more scared the little critter or her.I managed to trap it in a towel and got it out the front door. It was a cute little critter and relatively calm considering the situation. Definitely a flying squirrel after viewing pic on your site. Shame they are so destructive to a house , I might have invited him back in.

 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your first flying squirrel sighting story . A Thanks giving to remember for sure. Another Acushnet Mass sighting will be added to our location page. Happy Holidays past and in the near future.

 

 

Comments from a visitor in Rochester, Massachusetts

Sent: Thursday, November 24, 2011 3:35 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Emailing: 100_2754critter.jpg

 

I had no idea what this creature was as it walked across my late 1700's living room floor. It was not too frightened.I ushered it out the kitchen door and it went down the walk nad into the night.

That was a week or so ago.

 Yesterday it was back in the living room. (I assume it was the same one)We went back into the kitchen where I managed to secure the critter in the 'broom closet'

until I could figure out what to do. It was not super frightened and I had no idea what it was in the critter kingdom.I did manage to take a few pictures,none too good

due to the whole situation.   Finally I rigged a tray on the floor with a roasting pan cover propped toward it. The little guy was hiding under a plastic dustpan at this point. I had it 'caged' by propping a very large cooling rack in front of the closet door. With a yardstick' it was encouraged out from under the dustpan. Onto the tray it went and down came the roasting pan lid.    We went for a 10:30 p.m.walk down my country road and hopefully I released it far enough away that it

will not find its way back into the house.I just can't have it thinking it can nest the winter with me and my cat.

  I had the feeling we could have become friends if circumstances were a bit different. It was not erratic or afraid.

    Finally a friend from Quebec was able to identify my pictures as a flying squirrel. . 

A.L.B.

Rochester,MA Nov. 23,2011

 

 

 

Cute little fellow and looks so full of wonder and excitement. Thanks for sharing your first ever sighting experience with all our visitors  and thank you for visiting on this Thanksgiving Day. Hope your Holiday was a good one and seems  certainly one to remember.  Rochester will be added to our sighting location page.

 

Comments from a visitor in Sulphur and Birdnest, Louisiana

Sent: Saturday, November 12, 2011 10:23 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Flying Squirrel Sightings

 

Hi there everyone!  I was born and raised in Southwest Louisiana, and for as long as I can remember we could always open our door after dark and hear the flying squirrels chirping at each other.  My daddy even caught one for me one day when he cut down an old pine tree in the back yard that had been struck by lightning.  A branch had knocked the little guy out of a nearby water oak.  It was always comforting to me to hear them.  However, when Hurricane Rita barreled through here in 2005 the silence after dark was almost stifling.  It was hard to even hear a cricket, much less a frog.  The squirrels had gone silent.  For six years now it had been the same.  The frogs, crickets and cicadas came back after a few weeks but the cute little chirps did not.

  I moved about forty five minutes west of where I had grown up.  I started my own life with my husband and baby on 8 acres of old growth timber.  Like most people posting on here have described it is mixed forest.  Oaks, magnolias, sugar maples, yeopines, pine trees and small sassafras just to name a few of the most common species.  There’s wild muskedine growing throughout in thick blankets... some of which are every bit of twenty foot high.  Needless to say it’s beautiful here.  The creek doesn’t hold water, but we are less than a quarter mile from the river.  We have been out here for a little over a year now and every night I listened intently.  Still no squirrels.  The spring and summer were the driest they’ve been in years.  

  Finally, about four days ago, we received some truly beneficial rain.  The cold came right behind it (dropped to 38 degrees that night from 69) and the leaves changed color almost overnight.  With the holidays quickly approaching I have been opening up the house to the warmth of the day while I clean and after nightfall I close it all up and kick on the heater.  But tonight, while being distracted by a football game on t.v. I left one of the windows open in my bathroom.  You can imagine my delight when I finally went back there to close it (about thirty minutes before I started to type this, as a matter of fact.. hahaha) and I heard... of all things... the FLYING SQUIRRELS chirping again!!  There’s at least two of them right there in the back yard.  Now things feel normal again around these parts.  A big part of my night life has returned.

 

For records sake I grew up in Birdnest, Louisiana (70611), and I now reside in the northern part of Sulphur, Louisiana (70663).

 

  We also have a few dwarf owls here... they are soooooo CUTE.  They’re barely bigger than a mocking bird, and a dark brown and black mottled color.  I had a face to face experience with one a while back while enjoying the evening.  He landed on a branch right above my head and was watching me with the biggest curious eyes I’ve ever seen.  I plan to research these guys a bit more to see if I can encourage them to stay around. J Corina J.

 

 

How wonderful for you to recapture that exquisite and distinctive sound so dear to your early memory. A great testament also to the wonder and determination of Nature to overcome the disasters that temporarily disrupt the order of things. Let’s hope that the chirping of these amazing little creatures has also returned to Birdnest and if not perhaps soon. Thanks for visiting and sharing your interesting and very pleasant Flying Squirrel story. Good luck with the Owls. Sulphur and Birdnest will be added to our Flying Squirrel location page.

 

Comments from a visitor in Lansford, Pennsylvania

Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2011 10:28 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: A few families in Lansford, PA

I am the Maintenance Department at an Assisted Living Facility that is a 103 year old Hotel in Lansford PA.  I had known about a squirrel problem in the building for a few weeks.

There was mention of noises in ceiling tiles and even 1 chased out a fire escape doors because they just started coming out of the walls.

I noticed signs of squirrels in the Attic.  I just chocked it up to the fox squirrels that are around the facility.  The grounds are mostly undisturbed old oak and some pine.

Upon finally catching one in a live trap 2 days ago, I walked out to ask some of the staff if they could identify this one as the culprit who has been startling the staff as of late.

I was certain it was a squirrel but had not seen this one since my youth.  One of the kitchen staff stated “That looks like a flying squirrel.”  It clicked in my head what that flap of skin was I noticed with the black outline to it.

In hind sight, I wish I had taken a photo of him/her before I took the squirrel to the edge of the property and turned it loose.  I did make sure I tossed the rest of the vanilla wafer cookie in the direction of travel since they seem to really go for those.

About 5 weeks ago, I was doing some basement cleaning and the like and my assistant showed me a deceased young one in a chair.  It was rather petrified and obviously had been there for some time.  Found the funk in the basement I guess.

 I did not notice the type of squirrel at that time.  Upon identifying the one 2 days ago, it was a young flying squirrel.

That makes 3 found in the building to date.  I am sure there are at least 2 families or more in the building.  Lots of spaces for small critters. Oh, I neglected to mention, the building exterior is comprised of cedar shingles and those buggers climb right up them and chew small holes so that they can get in/out.

I found 1 old entry and thanks to the recent snow fall, I was able to find a currently used one also.  A day ago, I found one that requires a rather long ladder to get to if I am to repair the “door” they made.

I am happy you have a site to share such incidents of the elusive and endangered species known as the Northern Flying Squirrel. Sincerely,

 Dr. Thomas P. Walker, Jr.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Flying Squirrel discovery. Sounds like your work is cut out for you to Squirrel proof your 103 year old building. Perhaps some of your residents will get a chance to see one as I bet many of them have never seen them before. Good Luck and thanks again for sharing. Lansford will be added to our sighting page

 

 

Comments from a visitor in Mobile, Alabama

Sent: Sunday, September 25, 2011 8:54 PM

Subject: Flying squirrel log...

Stumbled upon your site wish to add my comments.  Today( 24 Sept 2011) I was trimming limbs with my pole saw in my backyard when I came across a 15 foot rotted pine tree.  For reference I live in Mobile, Al 36695.  I decided to topple it as it was pretty bad.  As I pushed the trunk, I noticed a small flying squirrel jump out onto another tree.  Not thinking much of it I looked into the hole from which it came.  Well, to my surprise three young(eyes open and lively) flying squirrels jumped out at me.  Possibly from my messing with their home.  I immediately take them to show them off as I thought nobody would believe me otherwise.  I show my three young daughters and my neighbor.   Mother squirrel followed some 300 feet as her young called out for her.  I then placed the young squirrels at the base of a tree where mother came and one by one picked them up and placed them in a new nest.  I later returned to where I picked up the three babies only to find that as the trunk had fallen yet another nest was in the same tree.  This nest had 5 young ones but these were noticeably smaller with their eyes not opened yet.  Again, I placed this nest away from the pine tree and at the base of another tree nearby.  The second mother also came back for her young and one by one, picked them up and off she went to a new home.  Simply an amazing day.  My backyard does have a small creek, mixed hardwood trees and some pine.  Pretty much undisturbed. 

--- I'll also note that we had 8 (from two nests) eastern box-turtles hatch in our yard this year.  Last year we had 5 from one nest.

 Regards, Jose M.

 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your amazing story from Mobile. I am sure that is a sight your young Daughters will remember always and perhaps your neighbors also. These are truly amazing little animals that most folks will never see in the wild, even though they are very plentiful in the Eastern half of the US. Thanks again for visiting.

 

 

Comments from a visitor in East Tawas, Michigan

Sent: Monday, September 12, 2011 10:02 PM

Subject: Flying squirrel

Hi we just caught a flying squirrel in our upstairs bedroom. He is cute. We'll let him go tomorrow.

The Eklund Family East Tawas, MI

Thank you for visiting and sharing your inside Flying Squirrel experience. East Tawas will be added to our location page.

 

 

 

Comments from a visitor in Marion, Massachusetts

Sent: Sunday, September 04, 2011 10:21 PM
Subject: flying squirrels

Saw one for the first time in Marion, Massachusetts.  This location is pretty far eastPlenty of nut trees and a moderate climate.  I was about to cut down a severely damaged tree in the middle of a treed lot as a result of the recent tropical storm and took a cell picture.  Animal was quite calm. Michael A.

Thank you for your Flying Squirrel sighting report from Marion. Some of the Irene induced damage in Marion can be seen at various Sites on the net and many fallen tree photos have been posted. Sorry about those losses, but proving the adage “ Tis an Ill Wind” yet again, as now Irene has brought this first FS experience to you. Thanks for sharing. Marion will be added to our FS location page.

 

Comments from a visitor in West Lafayette, Indiana

Sent: Thursday, August 11, 2011 8:50 PM
Subject: Flying squirrel location

 

This sorry little fellow we found in our yard tonight. We live in West Lafayette, IN (Tippecanoe County). My daughter found him and I didn’t believe her when she came in and told me. In my 50 years, I have never seen one in the wild until tonight. I hope his friends are OK. Just thought you would like to know for your census. Deb P

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Thank You for sharing your Daughter’s discovery. Not the best way to discover them for the first time but you have now confirmed their presence in your area, and to be sure there are no doubt many more there. Interesting that the cause of the demise is not apparent from your shots and does not appear to have noticeable injuries. Many of our visitors have reported run ins with pet cats and perhaps that is what happened here. At any rate , thanks again --- West Lafayette will be added to our location page.

 

Comments from a visitor in Shepherd, Michigan

Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 10:28 AM

Subject: Flying Squirrels

Just wanted to let you know I have flying Squirrels in abundance here in my back yard.

They are so cute! Karen S -Shepherd, MI

Thank you for visiting and confirming your flying squirrels in Shepherd and adding your location to our sighting page.

Comments from a visitor in Edina, Minnesota

Sent: Sunday, July 10, 2011 10:34 PM

Subject: flying squirrels

I clicked on your web site again after 2 years and see it is still there.  Wondering if you are both still there.  We live in a condominium and are not supposed to have feeders on our deck.  We put a suction-cup type small feeder on the diningroom window which does not have any decks below.  After a short period of several months of removing it, I have put it back with just a small amount of black sunflower seeds and sure enough, within a night or two, the squirrel must have come as there was no feed eaten by evening.  Had to be during the night, so not a small bird.  How would the squirrel know enough to come back?  Does he smell it or does he just make the rounds every night? 

 

 

Welcome back and thanks for asking, we are still here but not so feisty. Your sighting reports and kind words were posted here in December 2007 and the flyers were visiting your window feeders then. Amazing how these little guys work. One year because of medical problems we did not feed them at all , and then the next year within a few days of first placing some sunflower hearts in their old feeder, they showed up and soon in numbers. I believe there are many more flyers than most people realize. Thanks for visiting once again.

 

 

 

Comments from A visitor in Sheffield, Massachusetts

Sent: Friday, July 9, 2011

Subject: Flying squirrels

Sheffield Ma! I have a willow tree in my yard and we just found a nest of flying squirrels, one came out and ran up the tree. Are they rare in Massachusetts?!

 

Thanks for sharing your report from Sheffield. From the number of sightings reported from your state, Flying Squirrel Sighting Report  Location Index It would appear that Flyers are not so rare. Being nocturnal and minute, they are rare to many folk who just have not spotted them or if they have seen glimpses of some fluttering in the trees , have not made the connection. Congratulations on your sighting and thanks again for reporting it here.

 

 

 

 

Update from A visitor in Warren, Michigan

Sent: Friday, June 10, 2011 5:32 PM
Subject: Update from Warren Michigan

I'm sending you an update about the Robin's from Warren, Michigan.  Altogether we had 5 baby robin's and it was a joy watching them leave one by one.   We where very concerned about one.  He was the littlest one of them all.   As his siblings grew and left the nest, this little guy wasn't given up.  Sunday, June 5, 2011, there was 3 left, & my husband checked on them all day long.  At one point, one of the parents sat on top the roof while my husband was in the pool and squawked at him.  Almost like he was saying, are you going to help or what.  Monday & Tuesday the little one seemed like he was getting stronger and bigger. He even left the nest and was sitting on a branch under the tree.  One of the other babies left on Tuesday.  Now there was two.  On Wednesday morning as I left for work, little one was chirping and the other one was still there. We've had very hot weather, 90* plus with heat index about 100*.   By Wednesday afternoon, when I came home from work, there was little one, on the ground under the tree, he didn't make it!   My heart was broken.  He must have fallen out of the tree and injured himself.  But the other baby that was there with him, was now gone too.  It was a pleasure to have the opportunity to watch the wonders of nature take place. I hope we get to do it again. 

Thank you, Kristene, Warren, Michigan

 

Thank you for sharing the final chapter in your 2011 Robin experience. Each nest story  has similarities with the countless gazillions of this reproductive marvel, yet each is also unique with no outcome taken for granted. In that respect much like we human kind . Thanks again for visiting and sharing.

 

Comments from A visitor in Warren, Michigan

Sent: Sunday, June 05, 2011 11:30 AM

Subject: enjoyed your video

We enjoyed your video.  My husband & I have a Robin's nest in our tree right next the porch. Mom & Dad have been comfortable with us looking at the babies as they grow. The reson I started researching baby Robin's, is my husband was concerned about the little ones when they where leaving the nest and did put gloves on and put them back. He then notice that one of them appeared dead. As  he got a closer look, the little one wasn't dead, but wasn't as big as the other's. This little guy is much smaller and doesn't have a lot of feather's and looked weak. He put a small pie pan of water by his little beak and the baby did lean over. My husband used a long gripper and started dripping water into the babies mouth. Little one loved it! Mom & Dad stayed close and then we come into the house, stood there and they feed the babies. By the end of the day the Little one seemed to be a little stronger.  Today, Sunday June 5, 2011, out of the 5 babies three are still in the nest. The 2 bigger ones have been hopping around on top the tree, which is a weeping cherry tree. So it is very easy to see the top of the tree. Little one seems so much stronger today then yesterday. My husbands concern is the top of the tree is in direct sunlight for most of the day, and is afraid it's too much for Little one. He wanted to make some kind of shield, but as of right now, he is keeping a close eye on Little one.  Our children, ages 5 & 2 our enjoying the babies too. It's a joy watching nature and how the Robin's take care of the babies. I will let you know if Little one makes it or not.  

Thank you for you time & video, Kristene, Warren Michigan

Thank you for visiting and sharing your very interesting Robin nest story. I believe Robin nest stories provide excellent close up view of the wonders of nature and I marvel at just how good the adults robins are as parents.. Sometimes with a little help from the human kind observers. Hope all of the youngins make it to full fledgedom. Good luck and thanks again

 

 

Comments from A visitor in Hawthorne, New Jersey

Sent: Saturday, May 21, 2011 12:36 AM

Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting

Fri May 20th @10PM Hawthorne NJ 07506 Terry H.

 

 

Thank you for your report from Hawthorne and thank you for visiting. Your location will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting page.

 

 

Comments from A visitor in Lakewood, Colorado

Sent: Thursday, May 19, 2011 8:07 PM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
Subject: Glad I found you...

I just want to tell you how wonderful I find your site. I have been gifted with a robin's nest on the porch of the home I just moved into. They scoped me out for a week or so, and got the nest built about a week or so ago. Now, Mom is on the nest pretty much all day, with brief outings...it is cold and rainy here for the past 2 days...
My 10 year-old grand daughter was here when the nest was starting. I am going to send her your address so that she can enjoy the videos and your wonderful narrative.
We just can't wait. I have marked what I think might be the 2 week time, but we'll see...I feel blessed!
Thanks again...MaryJo

 

Thank you very much for visiting and your much appreciated comments. Best of luck on your Robin nest adventure. Hopefully you will get a close up look at a successful nest build to a happy  fledge event.

Comments from  A visitor  Location Unknown

Sent: Monday, May 16, 2011 9:30 AM
To: webcomments@howpeg.com
I just wanted to thank you for making this web site.  I have a robins nest on my porch and I have been loving this experience.  I found your website and have been reading it all morning. I was so touched when I read about the nest of cardinals and even cried when I read that the cowbird hurt that little baby, and the mother stayed with her baby until it passed away.  Nature does love!! My question for you is do robins come back to past nest spots?  Should I remove the old nest so that  new birds might come back? This spot was so great.  I got to see everything. I really dont know much about nests, I just happened apon it bringing my kids out to their bus, and I havent been able to stay away from it the whole time.( I have some great pictures.)  The birds left this morning, I did get to watch them fly away. I do have to say  I am a little sad. I want to see more, that is why I ask these questions.  It really is nice to see all the effert you have put into this site and I figured you would know the answer to my questions.
 Thanks again Jessica L

 

Thank you for visiting and your very nice comments. Sounds like you had a very successful Robin nest adventure and very nice to hear that they probably all survived at least through the fledge time. From my experience from watching many bird nesting activities over the last several years, I do believe that many Robins do actually return to their former nesting place or very nearby. I believe and I have seen much agreement on the fact that they do not reuse the same nest in different years, and may or may not in the same year. The nest become quite dirty and infested with mites and other undesirables so that it really is not a desirable home for a new clutch. Probably do the Robins a favor by removing the nest a allowing a new construction in that area next year. Thanks again and good luck.

 

Comments from  a Visitor  in San Clemente, California

Sent: Thursday, May 05, 2011 2:54 PM

Subject: 2011 Wildlife Journal

Hello again!    As one of your most loyal Howpeg Journal viewers I was wondering if you were planning on posting any new photos of the spring and summer nature activities around your home? I look forward to it each and every year and am hopeful that you plan on continuing it at some point. I'm sure some of your regular viewers would love to know as well. Your site is always a welcome respite from the typical daily stress of our lives. All the best. Dianne S, San Clemente, CA

 

Thank you for your continuing interest in our web page efforts over the years and as always thank you for your kind and gracious comments. I regret that I have not been able to continue the yearly Journal efforts due to limited time available to try to meet a daily , weekly or even monthly regimen, required once the effort has begun. I am sure that in the future I will be adding content to howpeg.com, and will post  notice of any new directions here on the visitor page. Thanks again and the very best to you. 

Comments from  a Visitor  in Tebbetts, Missouri

April 28, 2011

Subject: Flying squirrel sighting

Hope this is where I go to post my sighting of Bob.  Bob has been visiting my home for about 3 weeks now and is the cutesy thing ever!  One problem, dogs!!  I have seen bob hanging around the inside eves of my porch on my yes you guessed it log home!!  He/she has been back often as evidently it is not scared of 3 standard poodles that think it should be a snack!!  Okay my location is mid-missori!  Re betts actually, which is just about 15 minutes north east if our capital city!  Jefferson City!!  Not sure how to attach my photo of it, which by the way was taken at noon time!!Thanks for your great info on flying squirrels as we only moved here 5 years ago from the Boston area!!  And had no idea!!  We do now!! Kim M Tebbetts,  MO

 

Thank you for visiting and your flying squirrel report from Tebbetts. Bob sounds as if  it has made itself right at home. We will add Tebbetts to our confirmed sighting page. Thanks again.

 

 

Comments from  a Visitor Near Louisville, Kentucky

April  19 , 2011
Subject: Flying squirrel relocation
Hi, my boyfriend and I really enjoyed your story and have one of our own. Last Christmas a flying squirrel broke into my room as we were sleeping and caused quite a stir. We captured him and have been caring for him for the last five months. He was a baby when he came to us and is now mature. I keep him in a large cage but let him out regularly to fly around but must trap him to get him back in his cage. He is still quite wild and will allow me to approach him and pet him sometimes but usually prefers to be left alone. I feel he would rather be free and with his own kind and able to mate. As he came to me in the city, I would rather release him some place safer. I hate to set him free because we are quite fond of him, but we are moving south soon and we won't be able to release him then. We tried to relocate him when he first came to us but neither zoos or vets or animal facilities would help us so we kept him. I was hoping you might allow us to release him into your santuary. I would be reassured that he would unite with his own kind and learn from them any primal skills he may have to brush up on. As I said earlier, he is not domesticated and can't stand to be caged. I think it would be best to make him happy and let him go free. If this would be an acceptable offer, please email us in response very soon. We live about 20 mins. from Louisville, KY. Little Noel, as I have named him came from downtown Evansville, but I am positive after watching your videos, he would be happiest with you.
Thank you for your consideration, Scottie and Andrea and Noel

 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your story. I can appreciate your concern regarding releasing it back into the natural world. Actually we have no sanctuary , just a wooded neighborhood with a creek nearby. Flying Sqirrels are very common in Kentucky and Indiana as well as most of the Eastern United States. Certainly any nearby park with ample trees should be an ideal location to release it. You might try contacting your state fish and wildlife folks to further advise. Thanks again for visiting and Good Luck in your goodbye to Noel, and your upcoming move.

 

 

Comments from  a Visitor in  Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin

Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 12:59 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrels Land O' Lakes Wisconsin

Blake A

 

Thanks for visiting and reporting from Land  O'  lakes. Your sighting will be added to  our  location  page.

 

 

Comments from  a Visitor in  Oregon

Sent: Monday, March 07, 2011 4:27 PM
Subject: Sharing my unique Allen's Hummingbirds Story of Survival
Hi,
I would like share my personal story on the Allen’s hummingbirds whose nest was infested with bird mites which they eventually abandoned. The last 1/3 of their lives were spent in my handmade knitted nest until they fledged. There are a lot of photos and videos to this docudrama. Please visit this webpage and share in you website .http://www.squidoo.com/a-home-for-hummingbirds Regards,Jenny S.

 

Great story your link is herein posted. Thanks for visiting.
 

Comments from  a Visitor in  Clementsville, Kentucky

March 1, 2011

Sent: Tuesday, March 01, 2011 10:26 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel
Here on our farm near Clementsville, KY we have seen flying squirrels for several decades. My uncle said he has seen them in this same area in the woods when he was a boy. My dad and I cut down a tree for fire wood one time in this area and several squirrels flew out before it fell down.
John

 

Thanks John for visiting and your information on more  Kentucky flying squirrels. Certainly many more flying squirrels are around than most people even imagine and your report and all of the visitors who have reported them here, sharing their sightings, are doing much to make them a bit more common even to those who may doubt their existence. Thanks again, for adding Clementsville to our location page.

 

 

Comments from  a Visitor in  St. Louis, Missouri

February 20, 2011

Sent: Sunday, February 20, 2011 8:56 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrel
Feb 19, 2011, St Louis, MO. I was doing chores in the yard, including cleaning out the bird houses. One box we built for downy woodpeckers, with a 1-1/4 inch entry hole. Last spring there were house sparrows nesting there, but I haven't seen any activity recently. Before taking it down, I banged it around so as not to surprise anything living inside ... and a squirrel popped out and glided to the base of a tree 20' away. We do have a peanut feeder located nearby, which seems to empty rapidly ... I suppose that makes sense now.

 

Another flyer in a birdhouse report. Congratulations on your discovery and thanks for sharing . Another St. Louis entry will be made to our location page. I agree that would explain the missing peanuts and not doubt there are many more close by that hopefully you will have a chance to observe.
 

Comments from  a Visitor in  Picayune, Mississippi

February 8, 2011

Sent: Tuesday, February 08, 2011 9:28 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrels
I live near Picayune, MS and have a flying Squirrel in my attic - I have seen him on two occasions. He likes to stay around in cold weather -I'm still trying to figure out the best way to keep him out of my attic - he loves tearing up the insulation and dropping nut shells all over the place

 

Sounds like this flying squirrel sighting is not as exciting and pleasant as most. Probably not too happy with it playing "mouse in the house" . Hope you can find a way to extricate it with as pleasant a manner as possible. Thank you for visiting and adding Picayune to our Flying Squirrel Sighting Location page.

Comments from  a Visitor in Somerset, Wisconsin

February 7, 2011

Sent: Monday, February 07, 2011 12:22 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrels
Somerset Wi.
Feb 4 2011 about 8:45 pm I looked out my window to watch the deer at my feeder and all of a sudden here are 2 little critters I have never seen before so I a took a picture of them while they ate in my bird feeders. How cute and FAST! I watched them scury around and fly from tree to tree and back to the feeders for about 30 minutes. I do hope they come back.
Excited

 

Thanks for visiting and sharing your first encounter with these little critters. It is a very exciting and in a mild way an experience most of us will never forget, when first we discover them.

Comments from  a Visitor Location not Specified

February 5, 2011

Sent: Saturday, February 05, 2011 11:08 PM
WOW!!! I was just holding a flying squirrel. At first I thought my cat brought home a baby squirrel, so of course with leather gloves on I picked it up. and brought it into the house. After closer inspection I realized it wasn't a baby squirrel, it was a flying squirrel. He (yes he) had extra skin connected from his wrist to ankle, and his tail was flat. His fur was really soft.After figuring out all his limbs worked and he seemed umharmed, I took him out and put him in a covered wood pile. I googled "flying squirrel" and got this Great backyard video and story of these cute little critters. http://www.flyingsquirrel.howpeg.com/flyingsquirrelsareforrealbroadband.htm
I hope you all will take the time to read and watch.

Congratulations on making the discovery and Thanks also for sharing your experience and your reference to our Flying Squirrel page.

Comments from  a Visitor Location not Specified

January 20, 2011

Sent: Thursday, January 20, 2011 8:39 PM
Subject: flying squirrels
hi. I would like to say that I love my back yard birds and squirrels. I have just discovered that I have a flying squirrel that comes to my feeder outside my back door, it loves sunflower seeds. Are flying squirrels nocturnal?

 

Congratulations on spotting your night time visitor. Yes they are very much nocturnal which is why most folks never see or ever will see a flyer even though they are common throughout the Eastern part of the US. Refer to our sighting page to see the locations that visitors have reported their sightings. Flying Squirrel Sighting Report  Location Index. So Consider yourself among the fortunate few who get to see them up close and personal. Thanks for visiting.

 

Comments from  a Visitor in Polk, Wisconsin

January 18, 2011

Sent: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 9:23 PM
Subject: flying squirrel
Hi:
Just letting you know how valuable your website was tonight. We have a birdfeeder that attracts a lot of squirrels. We have had numerous here over the years. Tonight I happened to look out the window and thought I saw a rat sitting on the feeder (too small to be a grey squirrel and not as flighty as the red squirrel). On closer look and going outside with a flashlight, I was delighted to identify that it was a flying squirrel (I originally thought it was a Sugar Glider, which I owned many years ago, but could not see the striping). We are thrilled to know that we have them here.
Upon reading your website we see that one was seen in Slinger, Wisconsin in June 2010. We are next to Slinger in the Town of Polk, Big Cedar Lake.
What a thrill, and thank you for such an in depth 'look' at such a wonderful creature!!!!
Pat I Town of Polk, Big Cedar Lake, Washington County, Wisconsin

 

Congratulations on making the discovery and reporting another flying squirrel sighting from Wisconsin. Most folks are just not aware they are located in so very many areas and what a find it is to discover them. Thanks for visiting our site and your contribution to our location page.

Comments from  a Visitor in Newburgh, Indiana

January 5, 2011

Subject: Flying Squirrel 1-2-11
Our cat found a flying squirrel and brought it to us. He was very proud of his find. The squirrel was not injured and we did let him go after he got settled down from leaping off of our furniture in the living room and me chasing him trying to catch him. We put him in a tree in the front yard & a couple of nights later I spotted him again. I hope that he will stay around but away from the cats. We have many feeders out for the birds and the squirrels, so he is welcome anytime. I live in Newburgh Indiana and was amazed to know that we had Flying Squirrels.

 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your first encounter with the flying squirrels, and being the first to log a sighting in 2011. They are amazing and hopefully it will stay around for your observation and perhaps bring several siblings along.  Newburgh will be added to our location page.

Comments from  a Visitor in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania

December 9, 2010

Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2010 7:21 PM
Subject: Flying squirrel sighting
I live in Willow Grove PA (Philadelphia suburb). At about 7pm my cat spotted something in the tree above our deck. I went out to look at what it was as we have had racoon problems in the past. I saw something that looked like a squirrel or chipmunk peering down at me. I thought it strange havn't been drinking, I saw the thing fly half-way across the yard into another tree. It had a white belly and the way it flew looks like the pictures I've just seen online. We have never seen anything like this before so I looked it up to see if it was a flying squirrel and it does look like what I saw. I know they are endangered in PA so felt I should report it.

Thank you for reporting your discovery. From your description, sounds definitely like a flying squirrel. Could have been either the Northern or Southern Flyer. If a Northern , it would be on the endangered list in PA. If the Southern Flyer, then not on the endangered list. Willow Grove will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting location Page. Thanks again

Comments from  a Visitor in  Nissequogue, Long Island, New York

November 30, 2010

Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 9:08 PM
Subject: flying squirrel
We live in Nissequogue Long Island. our barn cat caught a flying squirrel and brought it to us. he was able to run away and we hope he is ok. had no idea these little creatures were in our area -----thanks Brian & Helen

Congratulations on discovering a Flying Squirrel at your home and thank you also for visiting and reporting your discovery via these web pages. Nissequogue will be added to our sighting location page.

 

Comments from  a Visitor in  Lutz, Florida

November 23, 2010

Sent: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 8:06 AM
Subject: Sighting in Lutz, Florida
Hi,
Just wanted to let you know that I just saw a Florida flying squirrel in Lutz, Florida. It was quite small, chestnut and black. At first I thought he was a baby squirrel, but I when I went to remove him from the top of my screen (on the back porch), he jumped. I then saw the web-like flaps of skin.
It was a beautiful little animal. It was the first one in my 54 years that I have ever seen.
J. W - Lutz, Florida

Thank you for your report from Lutz and congratulations on sighting one of the little guys for the first time. They are unique little animals that most folks never get a chance to observe even though they are plentiful and pretty much to be found in a large part of our Country. Lutz will be added to our flying squirrel location page. Thanks for visiting.
 

Comments from  a Visitor in  Poplarville, Mississippi

November 14, 2010

Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 10:32 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrel is south MS
I live in Poplarville, MS which is in northern Pearl River County.
My cats caught what I thought was a baby squirrel night before last. Luckily I got the animal away from them unharmed, kept it in a safe place for about 8 hours and then let it go. I noticed that it seemed "fully furred" for its size and also seemed to have lots of "webbing" between its front and back legs. Talked to a neighbor about it and was told that it was a "sugar gllider". After research on this, and seeing photos, I realize it is not a sugar glider, but must be a flying squirrel. I had never seen one before and didn't even know that they existed in this area. How exciting!! --Brenda N

Exciting indeed to see the flyers for the first time. Good too that the little guy was not injured and you have returned it to the wilds. Thank you for visiting and sharing your sighting.  Poplarville Mississippi will be added to our sighting page.

 

Comments from  a Visitor in  White Bear Township, Minnesota

November 12, 2010

Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 11:45 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting
We saw a flying squirrel tonight in White Bear Township, MN. Surprised the heck out of us as we didn't know they lived here. He was hanging on our suet feeding eating away. Our feeder hangs over our deck so we were able to slowly walk up to within just a few feet of him. He watched us, but didn't leave and we didn't push it by getting any closer. When we finally went inside to get the camera, the door scared him and he took off. We're hoping he comes back again!

Congratulations on your sighting in White Bear. I am relativity sure that you will see it and perhaps a few more if  you check it beginning right at dusk and hopefully have your camera ready to go. Thanks for visiting and your report  adding another Minnesota location to our sighting page.

Comments from  a Visitor in  Burnsville, Minnesota

November 8, 2010

Sent: Monday, November 08, 2010 4:31 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel
My boyfriend lives in Burnsville, a suburb about 15minutes outside of Minneapolis, MN. Last night, for the first time ever in my life I got the chance to see a live flying squirrel. I watched it fly off the roof of the house (or glide off the roof) onto the ground and then ran up a tree. (It's getting cold up here, with little leaves left, so the trees are bare.) I told my boyfriend's roommate, I was so excited about it. He told me, "It's probably just a bat you seen." Then out of nowhere the flying squirrel came gliding off the roof again and back into the trees. It was exciting to point it out to him and have a witness at my sighting. The boyfriend and his family seem a little skeptical that's what I've seen and probably think I'm seeing things. LoL I can't wait to look for it tonight to see if I can get a picture or video of it. Thanks for the site, it's nice to know I'm not alone on the whole flying squirrel thing! :) Tiffany P.

Indeed you are not alone in your discovery and now you have a witness to verify your first flying squirrel sighting.. Actually,  although many folks never see them , they are all over the place and we have had many reports from Minnesota as can be seen on the flying squirrel sighting location page . Burnsville will be added as well. Thank you for your report and visiting our pages.
 

Comments from  a Visitor in  Carlisle, Ohio

November 1, 2010

Sent: Monday, November 01, 2010 1:19 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrels
Hello,
Today I found three small flying squirrels hiding inside an old crock sitting next to the fireplace inside the house. We thought we had been hearing noises at night and today we found the culprits.     Danny B - Carlisle, Oh 45005

Wow quite a discovery and how appropriate to identify things that go bump in the night on Halloween, and they  fly too.  Thank you very much for your report and good luck on their relocation back out into the great outdoors. Carlisle will be added as another sighting location in Ohio, to our location page.

Comments from  a Visitor in  Willoughby , Ohio

October 30, 2010

Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2010 10:45 PM
Subject: New sighting
My cat has brought a flying squirrel into our house in Willoughby Ohio. It is alive and somewhere in our bedroom as I type. When caught it will be released. You can ad Willoughby Ohio to your list. I was not aware we had them in North Ohio. Greg E


Thank you for visiting and adding Willoughby to the Ohio section of our flying squirrel location sighting page. Hope you are able to locate and gently escort the little guy toward his outdoor home.

Comments from  a Visitor in  Whitehouse Station, New Jersey

October 23, 2010

Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 11:00 PM
Subject: Whitehouse Station, NJ: flying squirrel

Thank you for your sighting report from Whitehouse Station. Your reported location will be added to our Flying Squirrel sighting location page.
 

Comments from  a Visitor in  Southampton, Long Island, New York

October 1, 2010

Subject: Southern Flying Squirrel
Hello,
On behalf of Nardy Pest Control Inc... We've caught another Southern Flying Squirrel, this one was caught in Southampton, Long Island, NY...I noticed that you didn't have a dot on your map for squirrels caught in both East Hampton and Southampton. Anyway I hope this helps you....Thanks

Thank you for your report from Southampton. I hope the little guys are being caught where they have become pest in homes and are able to be transported and released . Southampton will be added to our location page. Thanks for visiting.

Comments from  a Visitor in  Bastrop, Louisiana

September 14, 2010

Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 8:49 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel
I live in Bastrop, La. and I have discovered a flying squirrel nest in a blue bird house in my back yard. A Mother and 3 newborns.

Quite a discovery and one that many of our visitors would like to make. Thank you for visiting and sharing your discovery and adding Bastrop and Northern Louisiana to our sighting location page.

Comments from  visitors  in West Melbourne Florida

September 13, 2010

Subject: Thank you for sharing
Have been a fan of your work since we found your site while looking up flying squirrels on the internet. We live in West Melbourne Florida.
Also thanks for a glimpse of your lives, as we both wondered a little bit about who you are.
Two big fans, George (Gary) and Mary.----- That is Wally in the background, as I do play around a little making videos for fun.

Thank you very much for your interest and your visits to our web pages. Thank you for the very nice picture. I would not post it without your permission but will add it to your comments here if you would like . Thank you  for taking the time to send your very much appreciated  comments. Thanks again for your sighting report way back on May 6, 2009 which added Melbourne to our sighting page.

Comments from a visitor on Blueberry Lake in Couderay, Wisconsin

September 5, 2010

Sent: Sunday, September 05, 2010 10:31 PM
Subject: Sitting at our campfire on blueberry lake in couderay, wi. We have had 7 flying squirrels land in a big pine tree right next to us. They glide
in right over our heads!

Sounds like quite a colony of  flyers on Blueberry Lake. Thanks for sharing and adding  another location to our sighting location page. Thanks for visiting


 

Comments from a visitor in Town and Country, Missouri

August 31, 2010

Sent: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 12:09 PM
Subject: flying squirrel
I have a flying squirrel living in my bluebird house in Town and Country, Missouri. He has taken up residence there for several weeks now! Love to watch him peek out of the hole in the house.
 

Thank you for your flying squirrel report from Town and Country. Sounds like bluebird houses make good homes for the little guys. Several of our visitors have reported similar sightings in their birdhouses. Thanks for visiting and adding your location to our growing sighting location page.

Comments from a visitor in Portage, Indiana

August 28, 2010

Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2010 5:07 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel
We live on the northwest side of Portage, Porter County, Indiana and have had difficulty with our Comcast.  The service technician discovered two baby
 flying squirrels in our enclosed service line box.  Just amazing!

Amazing indeed. Hope the little guys were alive, but sounds like they could have been other than.  Thank you for visiting , sharing your story and adding Portage to our location page.

Comments from a visitor in Mauldin, South Carolina

August 28, 2010

Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2010 3:22 PM
Subject: flying squirrel in Mauldin, SC 29662
Saw that one of our bird houses had the hole enlarged quite a bit into an oval, looked inside and saw a flying squirrel!
Mauldin, SC 29662

Thank you for visiting and sharing your sighting . Your report is the first today of a living flyer sighting. Mauldin will be added to our sighting location page.
 

Comments from a visitor in Harbert, Michigan

August 28, 2010

Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2010 2:24 PM
Subject: Flying squirrel in house
We recently found a dead flying squirrel behind a sofa cushion on our leather couch after being away from our Harbert, Michigan home for a couple weeks. We can't figure out how it got into the house. Any ideas? I wouldn't want it to happen again. It surely died a miserable, dehydrated death.

Michelle G Blog: http://www.unfocusedphotography.com/

Sorry about the unpleasant surprise and the mystery of the demise. We have had Flyers all around us for many years and to my knowledge, none have ever been in or attempted to enter the house. Many of our visitors have reported similar circumstances however. and it would not take much of an opening for one to make entry. One thought might be perhaps it entered unnoticed when you were in the process of leaving home for your absence. This might be especially possible, if your were leaving early or late during the darkness of early morning or evening.  Good luck for your next sighting of a flyer to be alive and outside. Thanks for visiting and reporting your Harbert sighting.

 

Comments from a visitor in Milford, Connecticut

August 28, 2010

Sent: Saturday, August 28, 2010 1:26 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel
One of our cats left a flying squirrel at our back door. Sorry that my first sighting had to be a Former Flying Squirrel.
John B, Milford, CT We live at the boundary of Silver Sands State Park.
Found on August 27, 2010
 

Thank you for your report from Milford. Too bad about the circumstance of the sighting but watch the trees just at dusk or a little after. If the cat found one, there are sure to be others.

Comments from a visitor in Crestline, California

August 17, 2010

Sent: Tuesday, August 17, 2010 12:22 AM
Subject: flying squirrel spotted 8/16/10 Crestline CA

We spotted a flying squirrel on our deck @ 9pm this evening eating out of our sunflower seed feeders. We live in the Bernardino mountains in Crestline, CA on Chateau Drive. Tonight is the first and only tine we have spotted these squirrels.
Char

Thank you for your report from the San Bernardino national Forrest and Lake Arrowhead area. Have not had many flying squirrel sighting reports from your state and your report is very much appreciated. Your location will be added to our sighting report page and map.

 

Comments from a visitor in Richland County, Ohio

August 15, 2010

Sent: Sunday, August 15, 2010 11:53 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrels
I live in Richland County, Ohio. I have had 6 flying squirrels on a nightly basis.

Another  Flying Squirrel sighting report from Ohio.  Sounds like quite a group of them. Thank you for your report and visiting our web pages..

Comments from a visitor in Southampton, Massachusetts

August 9, 2010

Subject: Flying squirrel sighting
Southampton Mass....6:00pm flew into a vacant birdhouse August 9, 2010
Jude M

Thanks for visiting and your Flying Squirrel report from Southampton.

Comments from a visitor in Central Wisconsin

July 25, 2010

Sent: Sunday, July 25, 2010 4:22 PM

Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting
Just wanted to put in the books, last fall on a deer hunting trip in WI (Cornell/Stanley/Delmar area), I watched a flying squirrel near my stand for 1-2 hrs a day, usually early morning (6 am) and right before dark, several days in a row.
I'm thinking my stand must be near his nest, because I could watch a certain tree everyday that he'd guaranteed use for a launch point around the forest.
Up until this sighting, I'd never seen one before!
Entertaining to say the least :)
Cheers! -Tony

Thank you for visiting and your Flying Squirrel sighting report from Central Wisconsin. Sounds like you had a great viewing area to see them "fly" or sail to be more precise. They are unique and entertaining for sure.
 

Comments from a visitor location not specified

July 14, 2010

Sent: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 2:34 PM
Subject: robin video
Lovely video. I have a nest of 2 surviving robins, but the mom made a terrible nest. I have had to place them back in the nest 2 times. I also made a lace hammock under the nest to catch them without hurting them and also had to shore up one side of the nest, it is lopsided. I cannot wait until they are flying away, so I can get a life. All I do is watch out the window and pray.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Robin nest story. Being a surrogate robin parent surely is not easy.  Surely soon will be fledge day as when they leave on their own. If they do indeed join the only 40% of nestlings that make it, they  will owe much to your guardianship.  Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in Flint,  Texas

July 11, 2010

We live at Lake Palestine in the East Texas area, 15 miles south of Tyler and last night observed three flying squirrels eating from our bird/squirrel  feeder. They ran around the elm street, the speed was incredible. It's the first time we have seen the flying squirrels in the wild and watched them for ages. We have heard noises in our attic and thought it was mice or rats but now it may be flying squirrels that are the culprits. I had a pet flying squirrel many years ago who got out of his cage and managed to get into my parakeet cage and killed it. The squirrel went back to his cage but we knew he was the culprit as the top was open.
Elma and Frank,
Flint, Tx

Thank you for visiting and your sighting report from Lake Palestine. They are indeed fascinating to watch and enjoy, preferably outside and not in your attic. Thanks for the info on the destructive nature they can also exhibit re your parakeet. Flint Texas will be added to the sighting location page. 

Comments from a visitor in Austin, Texas

July 11, 2010

I shot this video on a trip to Costa Rica in May: http://vimeo.com/12108760.  I thought you might be interested in seeing it, and maybe even sharing it on your website?
Thank you, Chris K

Thanks Chris for visiting and sharing your excellent video of the Volcano Hummingbird. Our visitors can watch it at your link you provided.

http://vimeo.com/12108760
 

Comments from a visitor in Fairview, New Jersey/Ames, Iowa

July 10, 2010

I just wanted to say what a wonderful website you have created! I am a fourth year veterinary student and prior to vet school I was a licensed vet tech and wildlife rehabilitator. I was looking for information on robin fledglings when I came across your site and I must have spent over an hour on your robin family diary, both reading you blog and watching the videos. I would like to say thank you for taking the time to film and comment on the progression of the entire nest building/egg laying/hatching/fledgling process. I will share this site with friends that I know who will appreciate it as much as I do.
Thanks again, Jennifer Q
Home in NJ right now for a few weeks on clinical rotations but attending IA State University
 

Thank you for visiting and your much appreciated comments. Wishing you  good luck in life and your chosen field  and  early congratulations for the class of 2011 graduation.

Comments from a visitor in Richmond, Virginia

July 10, 2010

What a wondrous experience!! We just had three robins leave the nest in the holly beside our deck and it was very educational to see what went on in the process!! Thank you so much for your effort. Although I was sad at the Cardinal outcome, all of them caused me to rejoice at the miracle of nature and life.
With gratitude,
Kathy G. Richmond, VA

Thank you for visiting our web pages and your most welcome comments. It is good to hear that your nest of three fledged successfully. Unfortunately it does not always end as happily for the Robins as the 2005 blog revealed. The 2004 , 2008 and even the 2010 journal did not end as well for the Robin families depicted. They don't give up though , and thank God for that. Thanks again for visiting.
 

Comments from a visitor in Waukesha ,Wisconsin

June 26, 2010

I have one flying squirrel that takes peanuts that I place in crevices in the bark of a back-yard tree every night. This has been going on for about 6 months now, and so far there only seems to be one that visits this feeding station.
It’s at the edge of a small woods in Waukesha, Wisconsin, well within the city limits.
I enjoyed reading your account and really appreciate the videos. Your photos are amazing. Keep up the good work! Dave S.

Thank you for visiting and your comments. They are indeed interesting and enjoyable  to watch and hopefully where there is one there will be several more. Waukesha will be added to our flying squirrel sighting location page.
 

Comments from a visitor in Nesconset Long Island, New York

June 25, 2010

I just wanted to let you know that we had a flying squirrel sighed above my house here in Nesconset (Long Island), NY! We were sitting out back at night and witness the critter fly in, land on the tree above us, then bounce up the branches.

Thank you for your report from Nesconset and visiting our web pages. Your  location will be added to our flying squirrel sighting location page.
 

Comments from a visitor in Eastern New Hampshire

June 23, 2010

Hello,
From Eastern New Hampshire, I just had to leave a comment about the wonderful photography you have shared with us! I found your site while searching for photos of baby Juncos, I was so mesmerized by care and respect you obviously have for wildlife and nature alike! I so wish I was your neighbor! I too enjoy photographing nature and the wonderful fresh blooms of Spring! I will surely be bookmarking this site so whenever I want to sit back and get a closer look at what is in all of our own back yards, through YOUR eyes, this will be at my finger tips! Thank you so much! Robin G

Thank you for visiting and your most gracious comments. It is always very satisfying that so many of our visitors  share the respect and wonderment of  the nature sights, sounds and stories that are available to many right in their own yards.

Comments from a visitor in Slinger, Wisconsin

June 23, 2010

I just wanted to expand on the area of sightings of the Northern Flying Squirrel in Wisconsin. I live in Slinger, Wisconsin next to a wooded and protected area. We have had interesting sounds at night and our bird feeders have mysteriously been emptying over night. I was relaxing on the couch at one in the morning, heard a noise outside and decided to check it out with my flashlight. Much to my surprise, it was some sort of squirrel. I immediately came to the internet to see what type of squirrel is out at night that is smaller than a grey squirrel yet has a very distinct white belly and brown body. I am so excited that I can now say, with absolute certainty, that it was a Northern Flying squirrel. :) I have lived in Wisconsin my entire life and have never seen one before. I am sooooo excited that I had a chance to see this rarely seen creature. It was truly a treasure to experience it. Thank you for the website and for the chance to tell my exciting discovery. Jodi R.

Congratulations on joining the "have seen a flying squirrel club" and thanks for visiting. Most of us who over the years have made that exciting discovery experienced the same kind of thrill on seeing them for the first time. We certainly  experienced it -now 17 years ago and it was a first for us then. They still visit the feeder tree every night and I continue to put a hand full of Sunflower hearts with a couple of  dabs of peanut butter on the feeder and they still come in  substantial numbers.  They are unique indeed. I continue to post their pictures on the 2010 journal and the most recent ones can be seen in the Winter  Spring  Summer pages. Good luck with your flyers and hopefully yours also will be around for many years. Slinger will be added to our flying squirrel location page.

 

 

 

Comments from a visitor in Marlton, New Jersey

June 19, 2010

Just wanted to let you know that I had a flying squirrel in my home. I live in Marlton, NJ in Burlington County. It was in my home for three days and we only saw it at night. I managed to get a picture of it.          Jackie .M

June 20, 2010

I sent a message yesterday about the flying squirrel that was in my home for three days in Marlton, NJ in Burlington County and today I am sending the picture that I took of the squirrel. Jackie .M


Thank you for visiting and reporting your in house visitor. Sounds like that might have been a bit exciting. Great picture too  Marlton will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting location page.

 

 

 

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Comments from a visitor in New York

June 1 ,2010

Sent: Tuesday, June 01, 2010 11:01 AM
Subject: I enjoyed your Robin Videos!!
It was so nice to see you Robin Log.
I know exactly what you were feeling as you saw the eggs, the babies......
I have a Robin's nest in my kitchen window. I put the nest in my kitchen window this spring in hopes the mother would take the bait and make a nest and she did!!!!!
I have been able to follow the process very closely. I am able to get literally with in 2 to 3 inches of the mother bird with the window between us. I put a piece of cardboard over the window so as to not frighten the mother. Then I have been able to get my video camera right on the nest, I don't thing she can see me, because of the reflection of the glass in the window, plus my face is hidden behind the video camera. But sometimes she gives me a look of like I know you are there.
My babies are 14 days old today, and should be leaving their nest any day now.
I am hoping the mother liked my window for her nest and will want to use it again for future nest.
I have a couple questions for you:

1. What type of video camera did you use? and did you set it up, was it set up to your computer? Where you able to edit it? I would like to try sometime for the next nest.
2. When the babies left the nest, did you see them around, where you able to see the parents taking care of them?
I have gotten so attached to my four little guys, I will be sad to see them leave.
But it has truly been an amazing experience to watch them go from an egg to young baby birds.
Since the nest is in my kitchen window, 8 feet high, I even put a large tree branch near the nest/window.
I am hoping the babies will use it as Birdie Play Scape, to practice their hopping, wing exercise before leaving the nest. I am not sure if they will use it, but will be fun to see if they do.
You can see two of my videos I made of my baby robins at : www.KipKids.com Thanks, Kip

Thank you for visiting and your comments . Thank you also for sharing your web page with our visitors . I enjoyed your videos and you certainly had a good vantage point to video them . Probably the best way to answer the questions on my procedure to capture the video and sounds from the many nests I have observed over the last six years is to refer you to my  How I Do it Page. The only update would be that I did evolve to DVD recording rather than VCR.  In most all cases of a successful fledge nest, the fledglings could still be observed around the general area with the male parent still feeding them for a while and staying with them for about two weeks.  I would expect that by now your four have ventured out and unless they were all startled by something, they are leaving pretty much one at a time. Hope all turns out well for them and wishing you continued success in your business.

 

Comments from a visitor in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

May 17 ,2010

Sent: Monday, May 17, 2010 11:49 AM
Subject: RE: Flying Squirrel?

Thank you for your response. I wanted to give you an update. I wanted to show my husband the flying squirrel, so I took him to the birch tree, gave it a couple of pats and the squirrel flew down and dive bombed me! It came within a foot of my head and landed on a tree next to me and stared at me. I think the squirrel has babies, as you mentioned might be the case, hence the dive bombing. No doubt about it though, it's definitely a flying squirrel -- I saw it up-close and personal! I gave it a peanut butter offering on the tree which is gone now -- hopefully it was the flying squirrel that ate it. Needless to say, the tree will not be touched, as it makes a perfect home for the squirrels. I’m hoping to have the opportunity to build a relationship with them – I’ll be sure to share pictures if I’m lucky enough to get them eventually  Kris

Great news, thank you for the update and good luck with the new found flying squirrel project.
 

Comments from a visitor in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

May 13 ,2010

Sent: Thursday, May 13, 2010 9:49 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrel?
I recently bought a property with 2.5 wooded acres. I brought a tree service out to remove dead trees and cut them into firewood. While discussing removing the dead twin from a twin birch, I looked up and saw what I believe is a flying squirrel peering at us from a hole in the top of the dead tree (it was not a red or eastern gray squirrel – it looked more like a giant chipmunk peeking at us.) Plus the fact it was in its drey in the middle of the day further supports that it is a nocturnal squirrel. The thought of removing the dead birch and taking away the squirrel’s home is bothering me. Should I leave the dead tree be? Should we gently remove the dead tree, lay it down and hope the squirrel crawls out? Should I put up some replacement housing for the squirrel(s)? I love my eastern gray/black squirrels and chipmunks and can feed some from my hand. It breaks my heart to take away the home of any squirrel.
Any advice will be appreciated. Thank you,
Kris South Eastern Michigan, Bloomfield Hills

Thank you for visiting and your story. I cannot offer any expert advice on this subject. So in lieu of expert advice, I will digress to my not so expert advice as in perhaps what I would do if confronted with the situation you describe. To me the most likely concern would be whether or not there are young being raised in that nest. A quick check of internet articles, indicate that they could have two litters , and the first would be in February and March while a possible second could be from May to July. Since the young are weaned in six to eight weeks, there is quite an extensive period of time that could be a problem if indeed there are young in the tree nest. I guess it depends on the urgency of the tree action. Perhaps later in the year would be a safer bet but if that is not an option then perhaps a call to your local Michigan wildlife folks would be in order.  Good Luck and thanks again for visiting .
 

Comments from a visitor in Illinois

May 4, 2010

Subject: robin's nest series
Thank you for sharing your photos, videos, and especially your knowledge. Hope your next experience ends more happily.


Thank you for visiting and your comment. I have followed several nest experiences over the last few years . Some have ended unhappily such as the 2004 adventure but others such as the 2005 Robin nest's (two) ended very well. Although the Cardinal nest that year did not fare as favorably. That is the way of nature and until I started observing more closely, had not realized just how difficult it is for the avian masses  to keep the world replenished with the songs and beauty that we all take for granted.  Thanks again . 

Comments from a visitor in Sharon, Vermont

May 2, 2010

Subject: flying squirrel
Just moved in 6 months ago. As the weather warms up and we are exploring the yard - just found a flying squirrel - one. In old bird house up in tree.
Sharon, VT Windsor County
Jonas

Thank you for your Flying squirrel sighting report from Sharon. Must have been quite a surprise to find it and most likely there are many more. Sharon will be added to our sighting location page.

Comments from a visitor in Central Iowa

May 1, 2010

Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 9:30 AM
Subject: Robin's story
Hi,
I just finished reading your blog about the robins and then some about cardinals. Thank you so much for keeping this diary.
We live in central Iowa and a couple years ago planted a redbud tree between our deck and our neighbors. A couple weeks ago a robin started building a nest and now we have 3 eggs. Your blog helped give me some information, as we continue to daily monitor "our" nest.
Thank you again. Meredith

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Best of luck with your 2010 Robin Nest adventure. With nature stories, any thing can happen so hoping yours will have a happy ending in the month of May.

Comments from a visitor in Cape Girardeau, Missouri

April 28, 2010

Subject: cowbird vs. cardinal eggs
I read your backyard blog and am wondering how you were able to tell which were cowbird and which cardinal eggs. I would like to remove the cowbird eggs from a cardinal nest, but I can't be sure which are which or if perhaps all are cowbird eggs. I know the cowbird was in there at least two mornings. I did remove the smallest of the three eggs, based on what I've read in my field guide to nests and photos I found online. But I'm still not sure which is what.
Thanks. ida Cape Girardeau, MO

Thank you for visiting and your comment question.  It is very difficult to tell the difference between a Cowbird egg and many of the species they use their parasitic deeds on. In the case of the Cardinal, it seems to me that the Cardinal eggs had a more greenish cast and then with the brown spots while the Cowbird eggs seemed to be more brownish white with the brown spots. In the Cardinal case, I know that the hatchling was indeed the Cardinal offspring, as I personally put it back into the nest after a Cowbird plucked it out and threw it on the ground. Robin's Nest Blog 2005  The other two eggs in that nest never did hatch so I was never sure if they had been replaced.  The Song Sparrow nest , Song Sparrow Nest Blog 2006 though, had in a very short time 5 eggs , some of which I am sure were Cowbird eggs, although they looked all very much alike. Again only one hatchling appeared, and I am fairly sure it was indeed a Cowbird. It also did not survive.  In short, I was never completely sure which was which but I did not in either case remove any eggs from the nest.  Thanks again for visiting and good luck with that nest.

Comments from a visitor in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

March 31, 2010

Subject: first sighting!
I am happy to report my first sighting of flying squirrels ever (and I loved your narrative page), here in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Troy B. nature lover

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Congratulations on making the discovery for the first time. It is always special to have an opportunity to  see  the flyers, and hopefully there will be many more for you. Baton Rouge will be added to our sighting location page.

Comments from a visitor in Hudson, Ohio

March 5, 2010

Sent: Friday, March 05, 2010 7:55 PM
Subject: sighting

We saw a flying squirrel last night in Hudson, Ohio

Thank you for your report from Hudson. Your location will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting Location Page

Comments from a visitor in East Hampton, New York

February 25, 2010

Subject: Southern Flying Squirrel Sighting
Nardy Pest Control Inc. decided 12 years ago to expand it's services and offer trapping nuisance wildlife...Since that time we've caught a total of 2 Southern Flying Squirrels. Both, were actually caught in the past year.
We caught these Squirrels in East Hampton, New York

Thank you for your report from East Hampton. Sounds like the little guys are not much of a nuisance with the capture total of only 2 in 12 years. That is good and hopefully indicates they are staying out in the wild rather than in someone's home. Many reports of flyers from New York State and several from Long Island, have been chronicled here by visitors. East Hampton will be added to our sighting location chart. Thanks for visiting.

 

Comments from a visitor in Chelmsford, Massachusetts

February 21, 2010

Sent: Sunday, February 21, 2010 7:10 PM
Subject: Robin's Nest / Hatchlings

I thoroughly enjoyed watching this video!
I work with special ed children and bet that most, if not all of them, have never seen anything remotely close to these videos in real life, let alone an actual nest.
I have witnessed it myself, here in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, where I reside. I go in search of nest building each spring when I see the robins or blue jays fly in and out of the bushes in my front yard!
Is there any way that I can get a copy of this video? I would be glad to pay you for it.
Please let me know when you get a chance. Thank you!  Susan
P.S. The weather is starting to get warmer here, and I have already started to look for "My first Robin", as I know that this is a sure sign of Spring!

Thank you for visiting our web pages and your comments. Thank you also for working with the special children and your interest in providing nature experiences to them that many of us take for granted. Not sure which of the many videos on our pages you refer to but unfortunately I do not keep the videos presented on any media other than the versions on the computer. All of the videos and pictures on our web pages , unless other wise noted, are photographed or videoed and edited by me personally and are copyright protected . It is always  my pleasure to accommodate request  for educational and non commercial uses and some of our pictures and videos have been used in educational presentations and published. I only request that they are not modified and that reference is made to HOWPEG.COM when used. If you can use them from the computer or can download them and reproduce on other media feel free with the above caveats.

The video you refer to may be located the web video page link  or most likely one of the videos by clicking on the below pictures

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Comments from a visitor in Spring Hill, Florida

February 12, 2010

Subject: flying squirrel
We just wanted to let you know we found a flying squirrel in our backyard we live in Spring Hill, Florida
Cyndi S.

Thank you for visiting and your report from Spring Hill . Congratulations on making the discovery. Spring Hill will be added to our Flying Squirrel sighting location page.

Comments from a visitor in Osceola, Indiana

February 7, 2010

Sent: Sunday, February 07, 2010 11:47 PM
Subject: flying squirrel sighting
Hi,
I love feeding the birds and all wild-life that comes in to my yard. I saw these strange little squirrels at night eating the "peanut dough" suet. I was surprised to discover they were flying squirrels. I didn't know they were nocturnal and I was very surprised that flying squirrels live around here. I am located in Osceola, Indiana. That is in the very north part of Indiana. Thank you for the nice site on the web. Jennifer W

Hi,
After sending a comment earlier, I then read some of your flying squirrel page. Here in northern Indiana it is very cold in winter, and yet in Jan. I was seeing the flying squirrels. I am seeing 2 of them. I do feed 2 (that I know of) raccoons and 2 possums. They eat cheap dog food and scraps that I put out after dinner. During the winter they come out only occasionally, so they haven't bothered the bird feeding areas with the suet and sunflower seed, etc.... So they don't interfere with the flying squirrels.
I haven't checked lately, but I shine a flash light out on the trees, through our living room window, that's how I see the flying squirrels feeding. The trees are near the house. I hope they will be safe from owls. During the day we've had some hawks coming by. I thought we just had red-tail hawks, but these are different, they may be cooper hawks. I wonder if I could feed them? They scare the birds away. I wonder if farther away I could put canned cat food out on a platform or something.
Jennifer W

Thank you for visiting and reporting your flyers from Osceola. Seems like the flyers may be more tolerant of the cold than I previously thought. They are still going after the peanut butter each night even during this very cold and snowy winter. I doubt that any of the raptors would settle for any decoy food unless it were alive. Most of their diet consist of small rodents and all too often bird feeder birds which become just too easy to resist. One suggestion I saw somewhere on the internet was perhaps stopping the feeding for a week or so and they might relocate away from your feeders. Otherwise I am afraid nature just must take it's course. For the most part we can observe but can do little to change their behavior. Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Thibodaux, Louisiana

February 6, 2010

Sent: Saturday, February 06, 2010 9:21 PM
Subject: flying squirrel in Thibodaux LA
We bought a house on some land a few months age and the previous owner said we had flying squirrels. I did not believe him because I did not think flying squirrels were in Louisiana. Tonight my cat was going crazy jumping up the side of the brick patio wall. I went out to see and it was a flying squirrel. I was totally shocked. Post Thibodaux, LA as your latest sighting. Andrea

Thank you for visiting and your report from Thibodaux. Vvery glad you have proved the veracity of the previous owner.  Your pictures are below

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Comments from a visitor in Ontario, Canada

February 4, 2010

Subject: Northern Red Squirrel
Once or twice over the past 15 years, I've seen flying squirrels in various locations of Ontario but never seen one up close. However, this morning (Feb 4th, 2010) I happened to go out to my live trap, in which I've been trapping and re-locating the many red squirrels that have been destroying my bird feeders, and what did I find but a Northern Flying Squirrel. Immediately, I noticed the colouring, most noticebly the black striping around his tummy, but also his ears and how much calmer he seemed to be in the trap than the red squirrels generally are.
I photographed him inside the trap, then took him over to a tree and released him up the tree. Given the opportunity, I will try to photograph him outside of the trap.
Thanks for the wonderful website.
Cheers,  Kevin, R Ontario, Canada

Thank you for visiting and your report from Ontario. Quite an opportunity to observe the little ones up close and the calm behavior even in the trap is consistent with the general gentleness in the flyers that I have observed. Good luck in getting the photos that you mention and thanks again for visiting 

Comments from a visitor in Arnaudville, Louisiana

January 19, 2010

Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 11:25 PM
Subject: flying Squirrel in Bathroom
January 19, 2010
Arnaudville Louisiana
I just rescued a flying squirrel from my bathroom vent! Unbelievable!!! I thought it was a baby squirrel. I opened the vent fan cover and it scurried - I though back out the vent but to my surprise I noticed the funny creature on my towel hook. It later did a sailing fly to the floor. Wow! I placed a towel over the little thing and scooped it up and took it outside.

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Great story . Thanks for sharing and thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Prior Lake, Minnesota

January 12, 2010

Sent: Tuesday, January 12, 2010 12:48 PM
Subject: flying squirrel
I was watching a rabbit having a snack under the our post style birdfeeder, when I saw the most unusual movement...I could not imagine what kind of bird moved that way, nor could I think of a small bird that would be feeding at 1130p. It moved so fast jumping from feeder to tree, it couldn't be a bird I thought...couldn't be a chipmunk either, unless it was 'robo'munk. I got the binoculars and continued to watch, to my amazement I realized I was watching a pair of flying squirrels!!! I didn't know they could be in our part of the world but there was no doubt of what I was seeing...what a thrill. This sighting was in Prior Lake Mn at
11:30 p.m. on Jan 9, 2010 Anita

Thank you for visiting and sharing your sighting story. Congratulations on joining the "have seen Flying Squirrel club" . The first sightings of these little marvels are usually exciting and unbelievable and in most cases etched into memory for a lifetime. Will add Prior Lake to our sighting location page,

Comments from a visitor in North Port, Florida

January 9, 2010

Sent: Friday, January 08, 2010 5:50 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting - Southwest Florida
I was walking the dogs this morning here in North Port, FL (Sarasota County) and we stumbled upon a deceased critter next to a palm tree. Upon further inspection, it turned out to be a flying squirrel. I had never seen one before so I decided to google it and learn some things about the Southern Flying Squirrel. Apparently, it is not common to see them this far south, which is the reason I am reporting this sighting. It has been abnormally cold lately and we have even been getting some frost. I would attribute this sighting to the below average temperatures.
As far as the cause of death - I suspect a small predatory bird. The skull was missing from the specimen, but the skin and fur which would cover it was present. In fact, it looks as though the skull was removed via the mouth. I know this sounds gruesome, but I only note these details to contribute to the scientific study of the species. I will attach some photos I took, although they are certainly not intended for publication. -Jeremy

Thank you for your visit and sharing your discovery from North Port. Thanks also for the pictures and per your notation will not be posted here. It is interesting to note that your suspicion re a predatory bird is probably correct . Found much discussion on different forums regarding similar occurrences and while not without dispute raptors are mentioned frequently as having this behaviour.

 

Comments from a visitor in Lake Ariel,  Pennsylvania

December 29, 2009

Subject: squirrel sighting

We sighted a baby flying squirrel at our home in North East Pennsylvania in the town of Lake Ariel. It appeared to have fallen out of a tree. I attached a few pics. Kara

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Thank you for visiting and your Flying Squirrel report from Lake Ariel

 

Comments from a visitor in Owen County,  Indiana

December 21, 2009

Sent: Monday, December 21, 2009 7:55 AM
Subject: FLYING SQUIRREL SIGHTINGS

I live in Owen County, Indiana, about 50 miles south of Indianapolis. My past experience with these little critters has been pretty limited. I had a call one day at work about 15 years ago, from my daughter who told me that some power company employees had been trimming a tree in my front yard, & after they left some stray dogs showed up raising a ruckus below the tree which had been trimmed. Evidently there was a nest of flying squirrels in a hollow branch which they cut down, & the stray dogs were getting after the babies. My daughter went into rescue mode & managed to get three babies into a box. After I got home I was excited to see them, but sad because there home was gone. I made some phone call & found a wildlife rehabilitator in Elletsville, which is close to home. I took them to him, & in a follow up call by me a while later, he told me that he put up boxes for them, & all three were living high on the hog in his yard. Happy ending!

Fast forward to the present. The aforementioned squirrels were the only ones I had ever seen in the wild, but that changed this weekend. I was filling bird feeders Saturday, & decided to put some seed in unconventional places like hanging planter’s , etc.. I have two such planters right in a tree right outside my back door, which I placed bird seed in. Move forward again to after dark Saturday night. I am standing at my back door smoking, & I see one of the planters rocking! What the heck I’m thinking, there are no birds coming to these at night. Next thing I know, there is a flash of movement from the tree to the planter, then back to the tree again! My rocket scientist brain clicks into gear & I realize that the only thing it could be was a flying squirrel. Almost woke up my wife to come see but I knew better. To make a long story shorter, I observed two of them eating & playing for some time, even going out to give them a refill. Next day I apologize to the birds because I am placing all the bird seed I have left in the two planters! Right on cue they came back right at dark, & brought friends with them. They are not afraid of me as I stand right outside the back door, about 15 feet from them, & after I initially go out, they pay me no attention at all! So cool! I have lived here since 1987, & never seen them before with the exception of the rescue. My only regret right now is that my camera has a useless flash, & even though my yard light illuminates the tree quite nicely, there is still not enough light to get a pic without a flash. I guess I will go out & borrow one that has a decent flash on it as I would love to get some pic’s of these little guys. I’ll give the peanut butter thing a try tonight.
Thanks for providing me a place to tell my story! GREG

Great story on both experiences. Thank you for visiting and sharing. There is something special about these little guys that most of us experience when first we see them . Some special excitement that so  many of our visitors have shared here on this page. Thanks again and good luck with the peanut butter.

 

Comments from a visitor in Floyd,  New York

December 17, 2009

 My name is Kathy and my partner's name is Gene we live in a trailer park   in Floyd, New York which is a suburb just outside of Rome, New York   13440,in Oneida County. The picture is my first introduction to flying   squirrels. I have a long term illness and spend many sleepless nights in   pain and she is a great comfort to me. Last winter I had a cage of suet   hanging on our Maple Tree in the backyard and heard a strange sound in our   backyard and low and behold to my ears it was my blessed little friends   the flyers. We started out with one and now we have at least 30 that come   to a feeding station. Gene built a flyer house and at present we have a   family and possible pups. The male is very protective of the box and the   female has dropped into the bottom we are overjoyed. I have jpg a picture   of my female Baby who is contently sleeping and a picture of the flyer box   which has 3 spaces. We have 4 pet flyers in our keeping which we   either rescued from abusive situations and one my female that I have had   since 6 weeks she is now 8 years old. My boys 3 of them were so badly   abused it has been a torment to our hearts but 1 of them was so badly   abused he will accept no human contact he is 6 years and our brothers   which we rescued from the pet store which was caring for them in   deplorable conditions I still cry when I think of it they are almost 5   years. They all go to the vet regularly and we love them all. I wish
  they could be with their families in the wild but they have a good home   here and they are very much loved. I will keep in touch and let you all   know what is happening in the box. We are trying to get pictures of all   we have but we are new at all this and I just got a digital and this new   computer so please all bare with me. Kathy

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Thank you for visiting and sharing your unique Flying Squirrel experiences with our visitors.
 

Comments from a visitor in Madison,  Wisconsin

November 24, 2009

Sent: Tuesday, November 24, 2009 10:44 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel
Here's one of a pair of Flying Squirrels that visits our bird feeder every night here in Madison, WI. They seem to have absolutely no fear of me at all as I can approach within a couple of feet - this picture was taken while I approached to about 2 feet from the squirrel. The bird feeder has a fruit/nut combination that I buy at the grocery store...they obviously love it!
 

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Thank you for visiting and sharing your nightly flyer report from Madison. These little guys are obviously abundant in many locations and yet go unnoticed by most folks. Sometimes they seem almost like domesticated pets.  Great picture .

 

Comments from a visitor in Trafalgar, Indiana

November 16, 2009

Gentlefolk:
Flying Squirrel report from Trafalgar, Indiana
We just discovered last week that we had flying squirrels in our area. We have three of them coming to our peanut feeder after dark now. Pic of one attached.
Terry F

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Thanks for visiting and your sighting report from Trafalgar. Great picture too, thanks for sharing.

Comments from a visitor in Corning, Ohio

November 4, 2009

Subject: Southern Flying Squirrels !
I live in SE Ohio, Perry county, in the middle of the woods. I have been putting chunky peanut butter out on two large hickory trees in the front yard for the woodpeckers, for years now but it wasn't until last year that I noticed a couple of Southern flying squirrels coming at dusk to eat any leftovers. One evening last week I noticed all of the peanut butter was gone so I went to put more out for the flying squirrels and before I was finished I had counted 6 coming down the tree towards me ! Ever since then I've been putting out fresh peanut butter every evening at dusk and sit with my camera. I'm amazed at how many fly in for the chunky peanut butter ! In one picture I counted 16 flyers ! And that's only on one tree ! There must be dozens. Last night as I was smearing the peanut butter on, a brave sole came down to within a foot of my hand. I reached out the butter knife full of peanut butter and he ate right off of the knife ! Several times I have been able to get pictures of them gliding in. It is the coolest thing to watch ! I'll attach a few shots.
Diane B           Corning Ohio

Thank you for your visit and information from Corning. Sounds like you have quite a colony of the little guys. Great pictures thanks for sharing and also the peanut butter idea sounds like something many of our site visitors may want to try. 

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Comments from a visitor in Elmer, New Jersey

October 22, 2009

Sent: Thursday, October 22, 2009 4:44 PM
Subject: Northern Flying Squirrel
Elmer, NJ (about 40 min south east of Philadelphia)
During the 7th inning of the Phillies- Dodgers game last night I heard a squawking outside of my window and new my cat had caught another critters. I was surprised to see him batting at a flying squirrel, who fortunately my cat had not gotten a hold of yet. The squirrel would spin very fast in circles when I tried to pick him up to take him in the woods (I live on a farm). Maybe this was a defense mechanism? I guided him into my garden where he curled up in some leaf clutter.

 

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Thanks for visiting and sharing your flying squirrel experience from New Jersey. Lots of flyers have been reported from your state. Hope this one made it back to the woods to fly again. Thanks again
 

Comments from a visitor in Richmond, Missouri

October 5, 2009

Subject: flying squirrel
Found dead on porch Richmond Missouri

Thanks for visiting and your report from Richmond. Hopefully you will get a chance to observe some of the little one's surviving kin.

Comments from a visitor in Staples, Minnesota

September 26, 2009

Sent: Saturday, September 26, 2009 4:09 PM
Subject: FLYING SQUIRREL
We are in Staples MN (Central) and have just found our cat with a flying squirrel. Never thought there was any here, but you are right....THERE HERE!!! :) Just wanted to share. Thank you for the site also.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your flying squirrel location news. Assuming the cat may have brought in a deceased flyer, wishing you best of luck in spotting the full of life ones. They are fascinating to watch.  Another Minnesota location will be added to our location page. Thanks again 

Comments from a visitor location not specified

September 25, 2009

Sent: Friday, September 25, 2009 10:17 AM
Subject: : feeding flying squirrels


After 15 years, we suddenly have flying squirrels.  They are very active in our hazelnut trees, as many as 3 pairs.  They will not visit my hanging bird feeder filled with peanuts?  Should I attach it to the tree?  Which will make it vulnerable to the red and gray squirrels during the day.

Many of our visitors have indicated that the flyers did go after peanuts but we have always had the best results feeding sunflower hearts in a feeder attached to one of the large oak trees they frequent, as per the picture below. Of course any thing the night creatures don't get will be quickly devoured by the day creatures , the red and gray squirrels that you mention. Best to feed each evening just about dusk when it is too dark for the grays and reds and feed sparingly , just enough for the flyers. Of course they will most likely be harassed by the raccoons as soon as they discover the bounty .

Thanks for visiting and good luck
 

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Comments from a visitor in Cinnaminson, New Jersey

September 13, 2009

Sent: Sunday, September 13, 2009 4:51 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrel
Hi- Woke up yesterday and stumbled into the kitchen to find a small squirrel in the fruit bowl eating a peach. He was not particularly afraid of me-seemed to really like the peach. I thought at first he was a baby squirrel but the big eyes are quite striking. Finally managed to get him in a towel and released him outside. What a
wonderful experience! I hadn't ever seen a flyer in NJ. Last one I saw was in Western Mass in the early 70's. Really odd too since I live in Cinnaminson NJ which is just across the Delaware from Philadelphia. These wonderful little critters seem to be doing well everywhere.

Thank you for sharing your re-acquaintance experience with your house guest Flyer. As you can see on this page, many sightings have been reported from your state and they do indeed seem to be doing well in many many areas.
 

Comments from a visitor in Clermont, New Jersey

September 12, 2009

Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:31 AM
Subject: flying squirrels
We have a southern flying squirrel that has taken shelter in a birdhouse that we have at our summer residence in Clermont, NJ not far from the beach town of Sea Isle City.


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Thank you for your report from Clermont and sharing your flying squirrel picture.
 

Comments from a visitor in Batesville, Indiana

September 6, 2009

Sent: Sunday, September 06, 2009 9:01 PM
Subject: Flying squirrel sighting
We had a flying squirrel come down our chimney and appear in our fire place. We have the damper open about one inch for drafting our gas fireplace. The squirrel apparently squeezes through the opening and then gets trapped. I open up the damper all the way and the the squirrel escapes back up the chimney. This is also happened about two years ago. I have attached some photos.
Paul R  Batesville, IN

Unique way for the flyer to drop in for a visit. As long as the gas fireplace is not in operation. Thanks for sharing and visiting,

Comments from a visitor in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

August 20, 2009

Sent: Thursday, August 20, 2009 10:06 AM
Subject: Flying squirrel
Have a flying squirrel in large maple tree in front yard in a bird house with her brood.. Shocking, first time seeing such an event.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Thank you for visiting and sharing your first flying squirrel sighting with our site visitors. Shocking , exciting , memoriable etc. Many express similar emotions upon seeing these guys for the first time. Sounds like you will have a great observation opportunity with a brood being raised so close. Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in Camp Sherman, Oregon

August 7, 2009

Subject: Hummingbird photos
 I have had over 18 hummingbirds on my feeder at once.  I have never   seen anything like it!  They are drinking five cups of nectar a day!
 Our home is in Camp Sherman, Oregon

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Great shots . Thanks for visiting and sharing your hummers from the Great Northwest.

Comments from a visitor in Hartland, Michigan

August 5, 2009

Sent: Wednesday, August 05, 2009 11:37 AM
Subject: flying squirrel sighting
We were in our backyard 2 nights ago near the woods and what we thought was a baby squirrel moved from a bush near my husband to a small tree. We walked around to the side of the tree that the squirrel was on and it climbed a little higher and then jumped to a larger tree about 10 feet away. As it jumped we realized it was a flying squirrel since it spread out its arms and legs and "flew" to the tree. It was the coolest thing I have seen. We were both so amazed and excited. I hope we see it again. It was dusk when we saw it. Hartland, Michigan
Olivia & Jim D
 

Thank you for  your report from Hartland and congratulations on seeing them for the first time. It is an unique event for most of us when first we realize they are really here and now in so many places.  Hartland will be added to our location page. Thanks for visiting and good luck in many more sightings.

Comments from a visitor in Jewett, Texas

July  30, 2009

Subject: flying squirrel
This morning I found a flying squirrel on my back porch. The cat had killed it. It was still warm, so I tried to revive it, but no luck. This is the first time I have ever seen one in our part of the country. I guess they are very reclusive. It was amazing to me – I only wish I could have saved it.
Sheila
Jewett, Texas (Leon County)
 

Thank you for sharing your first  flying squirrel encounter with our visitors. Hopefully your next will be a more satisfactory experience and you will discover just how adorable the little critters can be. We have had several reports of other Texas sightings reported here by previous visitors. Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Dartmouth, Massachusetts

July  23, 2009

Sent: Thursday, July 23, 2009 1:06 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrels

Hello!
We live in Dartmouth, Ma. and have recently spotted something on our "squirrel-proof bird feeder".
What we first believed were mis-guided baby squirrels ,turned out to be flying squirrels! There are two of them, and they are very cute! One of them is much more aggressive than the other. They are fascinating to watch. Every night, a round 10:00 P.M., we see the bird feeder swaying. They do not seem to be afraid of us and we have gotten a good look at them. They are still trying to figure out a plan of attack on our feeder! Thanks for such a great web site! Cheryl D.

Thank you for sharing your sighting of the flying ones in Dartmouth. If this is a first sighting for you then congratulations . Dartmouth will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting page. Thanks for your comments and visiting our pages.
 

Comments from a visitor in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

June 30, 2009

Sent: Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1:33 AM
Subject: Robins
Hello,
I visited your web page as I was looking for information on Robins. Your site was very informative. I have a large branch wreath with fake flowers and such on it hanging on my front door. We have a veranda and so the wreath is well protected and gets all of the morning sun.
Last year a Robin tried to build a nest but my husband took it down. This year she managed to build it all in a day and a half and it was finished by time we discovered it. My husband was going to relocate it after work but by time he got home she had laid two eggs in it as well... So now we have stopped using the front door and will let her have her peace and hopefully she will raise her babies safely. We have no snakes here so that will not be a problem and since we have two dogs cats don't usually come into our yard... hopefully that will remain so. We look forward to watching as the eggs hatch and hopefully some of the
babies will survive.
We live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and our weather has not been that great but every morning we hear other Robins around singing their hearts
out. We just never expected to have our own set. I do not have a set up for a camera which sure would be nice but enjoyed watching yours and hopefully my son can video some each day. Thanks for taking the time to do this site I sure enjoyed it.
Barbara G

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Sounds like a good protected location for your Robin family. Hopefully they will reach fledgling status sometime in the next 30 days or so. Usually takes about 12 to 15 days to hatch and about the same time to fledge after hatching.  Good Luck

Comments from a visitor in Murphy, Missouri

June 27, 2009

Sent: Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:34 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrels in Missouri
We live in Murphy, Missouri, USA. This is the Midwest. Imagine my surprise when I just checked the bluebird house and found a pair of large-eyed rodents staring back at me. The coloring reminded me of flying squirrels that I had seen on nature programs. I never imagined I would find them in my back yard in Missouri. I just hope I haven't scared them off.
I ran into the house right away to confirm what I had seen on the internet and sure enough, they are flying squirrels!

Thank you for visiting and sharing your first flying squirrel sighting. Always a special event and worthy of proclamation. Expect to see many more now that you know they are there.
 

Comments from a visitor in Rochester, New Hampshire

June 22, 2009

Sent: Monday, June 22, 2009 12:36 PM
Subject: That is so sad....
We have a Robin's nest under our back porch. A Robin is patiently waiting. I think I will be devastated if the eggs are eaten by any animal. Sorry about your Robin eggs!

Thank you for visiting and your comment about the 2004 Eden Lost page and video. Yes that was a real shocker as were similar episodes with Crows, Hawks, and Cowbirds chronicled on our 2005, 2006 and 2008 Robin pages. Here's hoping the nest you are watching has much better luck and you have a few new fledgling robins to add to the world.

Comments from a visitor in South Carolina

June 20, 2009

Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 3:02 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrels
What a treat to see flying squirrels! I assume that they are in the rodent family. Their "flying" was amazing. I think I have been seeing them in the South Carolina skies like you said directly at dusk! I hope they will proliferate because they are magic itself. Thank you!

Sent: Saturday, June 20, 2009 6:43 AM
Subject: the Robin's nest tragedy
I was thrilled with your visual account of the nesting American Robin. I have one nesting here where I live and had never seen one before although I am 58 yrs, old. I found a discarded egg nearby but didn't know the location of the nest until a few days later. It is resting on a low lying branch that is several feet above my reach. It was sitting on a bed of pine needles beneath another tree about fifteen or so feet away. I kept the egg and feel guilty about that and wonder if the mother might have retrieved it if I had just left it alone. She is sitting on the nest whenever I walk by on my way. The nest seems precarious but is OK it seems for her. The segment called Eden Lost was very frightening but I had always heard that Nature can be cruel indeed. Thank you for your wonderful video.

Thank you for both of your comments from South Carolina. Congratulations on recognizing the flying squirrels and reporting them from your location. Magic for sure. As far as the egg is concerned not to worry. Once an egg is out of the nest, I am sure the Robin parents are through with it. I hope that in addition to the Eden Lost 2004 Robin story that you also saw some of the others which were more successful for the Robins. The 2005 , 2006 and even the 2007 Robin pages had much more happy endings than the one you mention. Thanks for visiting and your comments.

Comments from a visitor in Millbury, Massachusetts

June 19, 2009

Sent: Friday, June 19, 2009 10:28 PM
Subject: Fw: FLYING SQUIRREL???
We are in MILLBURY, MASSACHUSETTS..about 42 miles west of BOSTON. Saw what we think is a "flying squirrel" huge eyes, short, wide tail....we got within 4 feet of him hanging on bird feeder before he rather calmly climbed up the pole and into the tree. He did not seem afraid of us walking, talking or shining our flashlight on him/her. I am 65 years old and have never, never seen one. At first we thought he was a bat.......
Guess I now know why my bird seed goes so fast..not just the tree squirrels, but now a new guest!!!!

Congratulations are in order for another first encounter with the Flying Squirrels. Thanks for sharing you sighting in Millbury and thanks for visiting our web pages.

Comments from a visitor in Marseilles, Illinois

June 13, 2009

Sent: Saturday, June 13, 2009 11:09 PM
Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting
We saw our first flying squirrel last night! We live in a heavily wooded area near Marseilles, IL (LaSalle County, Illinois) and were on our deck about 9 pm. We have lots of bird feeders. As we talked, a squirrel landed about 4 feet from us! I didn't know what it was. It ran along the deck railing, then went into a tree. After a minute, I saw it glide down into the ravine---then I knew what it was! I had no idea these creatures lived here---I'm quite thrilled!  Amy & Ernest C

Congratulations on seeing your first Flyer and thanks for sharing your experience.  Marseilles will be added to our Flying Squirrel sighting  location page.

Comments from a visitor in Lake Station, Indiana

June 13, 2009

Sent: Saturday, June 13, 2009 3:58 AM
Subject: Flying squirrel sighting... and then some.
Hi,
I've actually got more of a flying squirrel experience than a sighting... For the last two night a flying squirrel has been running amok in my home! I managed to get it to climb into a cage and it's now sitting on my dressing munching down seeds and cleaning himself!
At first I thought it was a baby gray squirrel, but I realized it looked much different and did a little search for flying squirrels and sugar gliders online. Sure enough, he looks just like the pictures! I really didn't realize we had flying squirrels around here, but apparently we do. I figured out that he got in the house through the attic.
Anyway, add Lake Station, Indiana to your list of sightings! Or experiences, I suppose :)

Congratulations on your first contact with these little guys and thanks for sharing your story. Many have reported similar home invasions by these  miniatures and while not the preferred first meeting locale does offer some up close and personal observation opportunities. Thanks for visiting and adding Lake Station to our location page.

Comments from a visitor in McHenry, Illinois

June 12, 2009

Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 11:29 AM
Subject: Flying Squirrels sighting
Hello, my wife saw something flying around last night that she thought was a bat. So I went out to look. Something jumped from a distant tree and landed about three feet above my head in a tree. I said that isn't a bat. That is a flying squirrel. I didn't think they existed in our area. We stayed outside and watched them for about an hour. We are excited that they are there. Is there anything I can do, food, housing to help them? We live in McHenry, IL. Any info would help.
Thank you, Paul W

Thank you for visiting and sharing your first flying squirrel encounter. Most folks experience the same excitement when these unexpected creatures  first make themselves known to us. Perhaps a small feeder on the side of  a tree with some sunflower hearts placed nightly just at dusk will do the trick. Of course depending on your location , they will probably have competition for the seed. If they don't get it , it will be gone by morning anyway. Other site visitors whose comments are on this page have seen them attracted to peanuts, and other forms of birdseed. You might peruse this page to get additional ideas, but for us the sunflower hearts always did the trick . Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Raleigh, North Carolina

June 8, 2009

Subject: Neighbor's flying squirrel
Here is a picture taken on June 6, 2009 of a flying squirrel just outside of our neighbor's bluebird box in Raleigh, NC. Enjoy. Mark
Sent from my iPhone.

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Great shot , Mark. Thanks for sending and visiting our web pages


 

Comments from a visitor in Jackson, Tennessee

June 6, 2009

Subject: flying squirrels
I live on 26 acres, with lots of oak and acorn trees. Didn't realize we had flying squirrels until one of our cats presented me with one. What beautiful little creatures. Please add Jackson, Tennessee to your list of squirrel spottings.

 DONE ! Thank you for visiting and adding Jackson to our Flying squirrel Sighting location page.

Comments from a visitor in Delaware, Ohio

June 5, 2009

Sent: Friday, June 05, 2009 11:20 PM

Subject: our squirrels
Last weekend my wife and I sat in our back yard enjoying the evening and a few margaritas. We thought we were watching chipmunks feeding in our feeders until we saw a flash of light. We then realized that we had been watching flying squirrels. Having never seen one I searched the internet and found this site. After several family members and friends accused us of one too many I finally snapped this picture. We have been watching them for the past week and believe we have at least 3 and as many as 6 visiting us at night. Family members have begun to stop in at night to watch them as well... We'll continue feeding them peanuts and enjoying their visits.
Rod and Rexanne Delaware, Ohio June 5, 2009

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Great story and so typical of so many of us who were astounded when we first discovered them.  Something about this little rodent that makes them special and your picture is proof to all who doubt in Delaware. Thanks for visiting and sharing your story.

Comments from a visitor in Swampscott, Massachusetts

June 4, 2009

Sent: Thursday, June 04, 2009 8:38 PM
Subject: thank you for the robin blog
Great videos! I learned a lot reading about your robins. Kristen, Swampscott, MA

Thank you for visiting and your comments from Swampscott. Much appreciated.

Comments from a visitor in Champaign, Illinois

June 2, 2009

Hi  I am hoping you can advise me on my robin family.. they've been nesting in our breezeway and all has been well till this afternoon late.. I've
not seen either parent on the nest.. I am worried how long can they survive without them? they are only a couple of days from fledging.. their little heads are visible sticking out of the top of the nest the last few days .. I'm worried.. do they stay off the nest more longer at the end?
thanks.   taya

Thanks for visiting from Champaign . Actually I have seen some diminished activity by the parents just about fledge time. Of course by now you should have seen them back . Most of the time the hatchlings are large enough to be quite visible above the nest and can actually sit on the edge for long periods if fledging is imminent. Hopefully by now you have seen them return and if not I would fear the worst for the hatchlings. Good luck.
 

Comments from a visitor in Nashville, Tennessee

June 1, 2009

Subject: Robin question from Nashville
Hello!
I've greatly enjoyed your wonderful site, and I was hoping you might be able to offer some advice.
A robin is nesting on my back porch in a flowerpot on the porch rail. The porch rail is perhaps 18 feet off the ground. We also have three dogs who live in the backyard where this is all occurring. I've blocked the rail around the nest so they can't knock it over or get in there to sniff at the babies. I've also created a barrier from the babies falling on the porch by putting some screens underneath it. But I'm concerned that they might fall the 20 feet into the yard. I'm also concerned about the dogs eating them after they fledge.
Is there anything I can do? should I try to move the nest to the front yard? A friend suggested that it would be kinder to have the mother abandon the eggs than to have the dogs eat the babies. I'm not sure they would, but they might. Do you have any advice?
Thanks so much for your time. Holly Y
 

Thank you for visiting our web pages. I believe an attempt to move the nest would almost certainly in effect destroy it. The fledge time for robins can be pretty much targeted and is usually about 12 days after hatching. The range of 11 to 14 days will be the target time. If you know the hatch dates of the hatchlings, then you might just make special arrangements on the target time slot to keep the dogs in another section of the yard or pay very close attention to the scene and perhaps intercede on any impending disaster.  At least in this way you will have done all you can do to help the survival rate of your nest of Robins.  Good luck and again thanks for sharing your story .

 

Comments from a visitor in Fairfax, Virginia

May 31, 2009

Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting
I have about 10 very tall 80 ft Tulip Poplar trees in my backyard. On the one tree about 20 ft up I put a birdhouse a couple years ago. The bird house was looking bad so I went up today to replace it. When I started moving it; what looked like a chipmunk came out fast, ran up the tree a bit and jumped to the ground, but it seem to float on its way down, I thought I imagined it. It then ran up high in the next tree and stopped about 20 ft up. I called for my 10 year old daughter to come and see. When she came out it scrambled up the tree another 20 ft and jumped, spreading it’s little chubby arms with white flaps of skin spread wide and tail flattened, and he floated down right at me, I ducked, and it landed on the opposite side of the tree behind the bird house. I got down out of the tree and decided to leave the bird house alone. But boy was I shocked when I saw this little squirrel with it webbed arms floating down at me like a little super rodent on the attack.
Matt S Fairfax, Va 22039 May 31, 2009
 

Thank you for sharing your flying squirrel experience with our web page visitors. There certainly is a sense of shock or perhaps amazement when first encountering these little guys. The initial contact with them usually when you least expect it is for most a  very memorable experience. We will add Fairfax to our sighting location page. Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in location unspecified

May 27, 2009

Subject: nesting robin
I watched a robin build her nest right from my kitchen window. A nest in my rhodo bush. 5/7/09. I watched right from the very start....just a few strands of horse hay from the horse barn  across my street. On May 9, she layed her first egg. Then soon there were four. I watched female and male robin take turns sitting on the nest. On May 23, the babies were born. Yesterday, in the morning I looked into the nest (from behind a glass window) and there was activity of the mother feeding the chicklings. At 11:30 in the morning I looked into the nest and the nest was empty!!!! I went in denial. I looked a few minuteslater and there was the mother robin standing on the edge of the nest with a worm in her mouth. Then she went in the nest and she was poking all about, she sat in the nest - she was moving constantly - she flew off - a few minutes later she came back - repeated the same type of activity. Then moments later I saw the male and female fluttering about the empty nest.
Moments later they flew away - and I haven't seen them again. I am heartbroken. The nest was low.
I enjoyed the photos. Very vivid. Very beautiful.
I am searching the web for similar experiences of watching a nesting  robin.
I feel so sad - I wonder if the robin parents feel sad - loss - bewilderment - or whatever. All that work.....and then "poof" gone. Nothing.
I have also a nesting Morning Dove in the rhodo bush outside my livingroom window!!!! I can't bear to watch her anymore! She is still sitting on her two eggs. I
feel so powerless and helpless.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your story. Unfortunately you have seen first hand what goes on in the natural world and actually most of the time. It has been written that only 40 % of all Robin hatchlings ever survive. With the nest being low as you describe, it could have been any kind of predator. In the years I have been watching the nest here, I have seen them destroyed by a snake , a hawk, a crow, and in the case of a Cardinal, even a cow bird. I have also seen near attacks by a squirrel, and even a chipmunk. It is very sad and disturbing to watch what appears to be an idyllic scene play out only to have it snatched away like some nightmare. The video links below might shed light on what might have happened to your nestlings. Thanks again for visiting.

http://www.2008.howpeg.com/robinnest2008combined.wmv

http://www.howpeg.com/Videos/snakefromdvdeditedwithlicensedmusic.wmv

 

Comments from a visitor in Madisonville, Louisiana

May 19, 2009

Subject: Flying Squirrels
I love your story about flying squirrels. I have just discovered some in my back yard and am equally mesmerized by these cute little critters.
Michael Madisonville, Louisiana
 

Thank you so much for visiting and your report from Madisonville. They are indeed cute and interesting little rodents that seem to have personalities all their own.

Comments from a visitor in Knoxville, Tennessee

May 10, 2009

Subject

Subject Robins

I have been watching a pair just off my porch this spring. Their nest is five feet off my porch railing, as it was last year and it is quite a good interaction. Their three hatchlings just fledged today, at least that is what I think. Your documentation was very helpful in giving me comfort that that is what happened. They were her this morning, gone in the afternoon.
Your 2005 diary was very good as it helped me understand the activity going on during the past several weeks. I only suspected that Robins had returned to the same flowering bush as last year when I saw half an egg shell at the base of a tree about 100 feet away. I know understand that the parents can carry the shell away.
I also left a lot of worms on the side walk near the tree over the past few days in my effort to help and the parents collected them promptly to feed the chicks.
Quite a wonderful experience to participate in. I am suspecting that a fledge of last year’s brood set up a nest in our front yard, as there is a nest there two, but too high for close observation in a linden tree. Am I to expect more nests in the future as successful broods come back and nest? (I hope so). Is there evidence that they stick around in family groups? Richard , Knoxville, TN

From personal observations I have made over the years, I do believe that fledglings do return to nest in or near their hatching areas to have nest of their own from year to year. It just seems sometimes that the Robins in and or near these previously nested areas seem a lot more tame , ie will not fly away as I enter their vicinity. Since no banding is done, it is impossible to tell but I believe they do come back.  Thanks for visiting and your comments.

Comments from a visitor in Mandeville, Louisiana

May 7, 2009

Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighted
Hello -
I'm writing from Mandeville, LA. I live on a cul de saq with a retention pond being dug on adjacent property that includes dedicated wetlands.
At 11 p.m. this evening I went outside to add water to my birdbath, when I saw, for the first time in my life, a flying squirrel in the air, then landing on a tree no more than 10-15 yards from my back patio. WOW! What a thrill! I promptly went to the internet to verify what I had seen & while doing so, ran across your website. We have a large bird feeder, as well as a Woodpecker suet cage hanging in the tree where the flying squirrel landed. My day, & quite likely, my week is made.

 Thank you for sharing this exciting find for you. Most of us who have spotted them at one time or another have the same reaction. Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Melbourne, Florida

May 6, 2009

My wife and myself saw a flying squirrel in a live oak tree that we have some white Christmas lights on. We saw it several times from about 8:30 till 9:00 PM on May 5, 2009. It was very shy and quick moving, jumping about 4 feet several times with great ease. It mostly tried to stay stay out of our sight as it moved about. We live in West Melbourne, Florida 32904.
George & Mary

Great news from Melbourne, Congratulations on your discovery and thank you for visiting and sharing.

Comments from a visitor in New Jersey

April 27, 2009

Subject: thanks for the American Robin info page
My Christmas tree was too beautiful to discard, so I put it out for the birds hoping they would enjoy it. I just discovered we have a Robin nesting there so I was searching for more info about their habits. Your website answered a lot of my questions, and I really enjoyed it. My husband and I keep a bird blog too of the birds we see here. Visit us on www.new-jersey-birds.com if you’d like. Happy birding. Christine

Thank you for visiting and your comments. I have posted your link for our visitors to check out.
 

Comments from a visitor in Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

April 23, 2009

Subject: Sighting
I have a bird feeder in my back yard with a standard feed mix for all types of birds. Over the past week every night around 10:00 PM a flying squirrel comes and eats. I can walk right up to it and it will continue to eat and not take off. I wish I had the equipment to take pictures at night of this beautiful creature.
Douglas Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada

Thanks for visiting and your report from Wasaga Beach. Good luck in getting some close up pictures in the future.
 

Comments from a visitor in Location unspecified

April 23, 2009

Hello my name is Holly. I just watched the horrible end of your 2004 Robin documentary. OMG how sad! That is the way nature goes I suppose, but it is still cruel. How ironic for the “evil snake” to rob the purity of the moment.
 

Yes that episiode was a real shocker for us as well. Thanks for visiting and your comments.
 

Comments from a visitor in Auburn, Alabama

April 23, 2009

Subject: Thanks for info on attracting flying squirrels
We've just moved to Auburn, Alabama from SW Ohio about a year ago. I'm originally from S. Louisiana and very familiar with having flying squirrels in my backyard. My husband, from Ohio, is very intrigued. We lived in Central Illinois for 9 years where we had flying squirrels, bats, etc. in our neighborhood and always wanted to feed them, but didn't.
Anyway, we now have an excellent tree to place a feeder and enjoy our visitors.
Just a note: We had a downed bluebird nesting box this past winter. When I picked it up I noticed clean, filter fiber in the box. I opened the box and the fiber nest to find 3 dead, baby flying squirrels! I was so sad, but excited at the same time! I plan to place a few nesting boxes in my yard this year for next year's parents.
 

    Thanks for visiting and sharing your flying squirrel experience  Too bad about the little ones but hope you have much luck in attracting and feeding them on a regular basis.

Comments from a visitor in Pomeroy, Ohio

April 20, 2009

On Saturday, April 18, 2009 I sited a flying squirrel peeking out of a busted tree when we tried to move part of a downed tree on my farm. Upon further inspection I was able to get several pictures, some of which I attached. The location is southeast Ohio, 16 miles outside of Pomeroy, Ohio, near Harrisonville. Between my father, sister and I, we own 450 pristine acres, with woods, meadows and a creek. I had never seen a flying squirrel before, but now I know they are there.
Wendi  Pomeroy, Ohio

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Thank you for your report and picture from Pomeroy. With all the acreage you indicate, you must have many many flyers. Good luck and thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Farmington, Connecticut

April 11, 2009

Farmington CT - Flying Squirrels

Thanks for your sighting report from Farmington

 

Comments from a visitor in Central Michigan

April 2, 2009

Hello, I have been delighted looking at your squirrels.
I am from central Michigan, lived in the woods here for the last 33 years. About 2 years ago, while babysitting my grandson, I noticed something in my fireplace. I grabed my camera and took pics of this flying squirrel. At the time I didn't know it was a young one. I didn't know we even had them here. Over the next few months, I fed him corn, nuts apples and a dish of water. I wasn't sure he could get out,
but as he grew, I realized he was coming and going as he pleased. He could not get out of the fireplace as the screen
completely covered the opening. Early in the morning, my cat and him could be found staring at each other.
As time went by, he would come down the chimney like clockwork, at dusk, and jump on the screen, which is right next to me on the couch, and look at me, especially if he wanted a fresh apple. Eventually he disappeared. Hopefully not because of the owls that frequent the woods.
I am going to try placing a feeder for them, as I am sure there are many more. They are beautiful! Thanks for your info on them.
Marie

Thank you for sharing your Flying Squirrel story with our visitors and best of luck in finding many more.

Comments from a visitor in Garden Valley, California

March 24, 2009

Around 1990 I saw a flying squirrel in Garden Valley, California. (in Garden Park, near the pound)

Thanks for visiting and your sighting report from Garden Valley.
 

Comments from a visitor Location unknown

March 21, 2009

Subject: Spring!!
Hope all is well...I read your December posting.. Hope you will post again this year. I always look forward to your photos!!
 

Thank you for your visits and your note. Looks like 2009 will not be a year of stories and pictures added to the site. Still dealing with medical problems that may take most of  the year to conquer.

Comments from a visitor in Three Bridges,  New Jersey

February 28, 2009

flying squirrels, Three Bridges, NJ 

This is the second year that I've had flying squirrels in the old dead tree next to my house. The last few nights have been very active and it is driving the dogs crazy. I didn't realize why they were barking until I went to bring them in and the squirrel sailed by my head and landed with a "thunk"on the tree. Last year I was able to see one climbing up thetrunk but haven't been able to get a good look at them so far this year. They hit the tree and scramble inside it VERY quickly with barking dogs jumping at the bottom.
I hope as the weather warms I'll be able to stay outside and perhaps get pictures of them.
Melody

Thank you for your report from Three Bridges, and good luck in getting your pictures of the flyers.
 

Comments from a visitor in Crockett,  Texas

February 28, 2009

Hi, we live in Crockett, Texas and think we have seen flying squirrels here. We were on our porch tonight just after dark and 2 flying objects came out of no where and landed on a tree right in front of our porch.
We got a flashlight and they looked like small tree squirrels which we have lots of, but different. They had the big eyes and were smaller then our squirrels. They ran around the tree but let us look at them easily with the light. We live in the piney woods and live in a cedar house and we had heard something in our attic at night. If they are friendly, should we try to find they again? If so how? Any more info would be appreciated. I will look at your site for more info also. Thanks, Dub

Sorry for the delay in posting your comments and by now hope you have found the information you were seeking from our web pages. I think for the most experiences, they have proved to be pretty tolerant of we human kind and actually let most get pretty close. Good Luck .

Comments from a visitor in Beaufort,  South Carolina

February 24, 2009

Subject:  Fling Squirrel Sightings

Beaufort

Thank you for your report from Beaufort

 

Comments from a visitor in Wilmette,  Illinois

February 24, 2009

Subject: Sightings
Saw a couple of flying squirrels on Feb 24, 2009 in Wilmette, IL around 8:45 pm central time. Very active, with at least one jump/fly over 10 feet

Thank you for your visit and sighting contribution from Wilmette

 

Comments from a visitor in Audubon,  New Jersey

February 14, 2009

Subject: SFS in Audubon
Have a whole family living in back of my place now in Audubon NJ.
Here is a shot of a little guy using my peanut feeder. Brian
 

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Great shot Brian,  Thanks for visiting and sharing your Audubon Flyer .

Comments from a visitor in Akron,  Ohio

February 10, 2009

Subject: flying squirrel
It is an unusually warm February night here is Akron, Ohio. I just saw a flying squirrel in my backyard. I did not even know that they existed here in Ohio. It was really neat and exciting. Your website was very informative at how many there are in the U.S. Thanks so much for the information

Great news from Akron. Congratulations on seeing your first flyer and thank you for visiting and adding your location to our growing sighting location pages.

Comments from a visitor in Savannah, Georgia

February 7, 2009

Subject: found young flying squirrel
I live in Savannah, Georgia. My neighbor was trapping squirrels in his attic to release outdoors. He caught what he thought was a very young grey squirrel and brought it to me to care for until it was old enough to release. It turns out that it is a young Southern Flying Squirrel. He's eating nuts and drinking well. His body is about 3 inches in length (not including the tail). I'm not sure if he is old enough to survive on his own yet and am also concerned about releasing him during cold weather without a nest or any stored food. Can you give me any advise?

Thank you for visiting and sharing your story. No personal experience in raising a flyer so my best advice would be to contact the Georgia Department of natural resources or your local animal control office or SPCA . Sounds like you are doing a good job of surrogate parenting so congratulations and best of luck in getting the information you need.
 

Comments from a visitor in Colonia, New Jersey

February 5, 2009

Subject: Flying squirrel in NJ
Good Morning,
My name is Rob and i live in Central Jersey in a town called Colonia. Iast night was a very interesting late night. For a night that started off annoyed it ended great. Because i fell asleep early i had to take my dog out when i woke up at midnight. I took him in the backyard to do his thing and always bring a flashlight. I live in a wooded area and you never know the cool things you will see....and see something cool i did! While shining th elight in the trees i noticed a pack of about 10-15 sets of eyes shining back at me. Intrigued by something...some of them inched closer to me down my tree. It seems they love my Oak Tree. What a surprise to not just see one, but to even know they exist in our area. It surprised me how much smaller they are than the grey. But cute as anything. Im glad i had the chance to get up close and semi-personal with one.
Take Care, Rob T. Colonia, NJ

Thank you for visiting and sharing your first flying squirrel sighting experience with us. What a spectacular occurrence  with that many on the first sighting. Always a great experience and hope you have many more close encounters in the future. Colonia will we added to our sighting location page.

Comments from a visitor in Norwalk, Ohio

January 24, 2009

Subject: flying squirrel sighting
Norwalk, Ohio 01/24/09
A few buddies and I went camping this weekend in a cabin and saw one of these little fellas running along the rafter. He ran to the corner and sat at the top of a post and watched us for an hour or so. We realized he was probably nocturnal from the size of his eyes and dimmed the light. About 20 seconds later he took off in a hurry, probably glad to be away from us! I’ve spent a lot of time in the woods and have never seen one of these cute little buggers! We’re honored to say we’ve all had our first flying squirrel sighting!

Thank you for visiting and congratulations on your collective first Flyer sighting experinece. Sorry for the delayed posting and reply and  thanks again for sharing your story.

Comments from a visitor in Ionia, Michigan

January 22, 2009

Hello,
I live in Ionia Michigan. We have many flying squirrels. We discovered them in the summer when they were feeding from the Fox Squirrels metal snack box. We kept hearing the lid clunk and wondered what was getting in the snack box at night. We located a flash light and stood by the tree to find out who the thief's were. Well much to our surprise we counted that night, 6 flying squirrels in the Maple tree feeding from the snack box. Just lately, the bird feeders and the snack box are turning up empty first thing in the morning when we fill them just after dark. We are assuming these furry creatures are coming out of their warm dens at night and feeding. Also, I think this time of year is their breading season. We sure enjoy them when we can see them. We were able to take pictures of them standing about 3 feet from the tree.
Regards, Shirley K
Ionia Michigan

Thank you for your flying squirrel report from Ionia. Sounds like you are blessed with many of them which should afford a great deal of viewing especially in the Spring. Ionia will be added to our location map and chart. Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in West Nyack, New York

January 18, 2009

A wild squirrel visited my husband and I in our apartment today! We live in West Nyack NY (very close to the woods). Initially, we thought that our cats found a mouse. However, it was a flying squirrel that they chased around the living room and into the bathroom. It seemed that they didn't quite know what to make of it
and definitely didn't hurt it. I was able to close the bathroom door and then my husband coaxed him out the window. We're very glad
that our cats didn't kill him and much happier that he is back out in the wild!

Thank you for visiting and your flying squirrel report from West Nyack. Glad it had a happy ending with the little fellow back where it should be. Congratulations  on your in home sighting experience, especially if it were your first encounterwith these little marvels.

Comments from a visitor in Merrick, Long Island, New York

January 14, 2009

Merrick, Long Island, New York
January 14, 2009
When leaving a favorite restaurant in Merrick this evening, my mother-in-law and I were walking to the car and we spotted a critter walking toward us between the cars in the parking lot. It was dark out, but parking lot lights gave us a pretty good look at this unusual animal. At first I thought it was a chipmunk. However, it was bigger than a chipmunk and had no stripes. It was smaller than a squirrel. It appeared to be grayish in color. It had large black eyes and a long, furry, flat tail. It carried itself low to the ground. It cocked its head to the side, looking up at me and kept walking toward me, not shy at all. We were unable to see its underside. While driving home, I couldn't stop thinking about it. I thought it might have been a pet that got loose and I was concerned about it being in the cold temperatures. Upon returning home, I did an internet search. I believe this animal was a flying squirrel. I feel pretty confident that it is a wild animal, and not a loose pet, able to survive on its own in this climate. What a cool sight! I've never seen one.
- Debbie

From your description , it almost certainly is a flying squirrel. So congratulations on seeing your first. New York State is well represented on our sighting report map and chart. Lots of flyers around and most will never encounter them in their lifetime. Pity that, they are somewhat special

Comments from a visitor in Salmon River, Oregon

January 10, 2009

Subject: Flying squirrel near Oregon coast.
We live about 7 miles inland from the central Oregon Coast, on the Salmon River. This morning we found a flying squirrel in a live trap which had been set to catch a rat. This is only my second sighting in 20 years here, but this one was very up-close! We immediately released him, and he promptly climbed up the side of our garage to the roof, and took flight off the roof into some fir trees. So you can add Oregon to the map of sightings now!

Great news for Oregon. Thank you for visiting and confirming Flying Squirrels in Oregon for our sighting map and chart.

Comments from a visitor in Stony Brook, New York

January 10, 2009

Subject: Flying Squirrels in Stony Brook, NY!
Wow, I never even knew these guys existed until someone told me about them on New Years Eve. Today I switched on my back yard floodlights to look at the suet feeders and there were three squirrels at two different feeders. They stayed for a few hours. Pics when I get the right equipment. We are in Stony Brook, NY.
Jay S
 

Thank you for your sighting report from Stony Brook. Congratulations on seeing them for the first time - Usually an exciting discovery for most of our visitors.  Another New York dot will be added to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Atlanta, Georgia

January 9, 2009

Subject: Flying Squirrel in Downtown Atlanta
I saw a flying squirrel yesterday evening in my apartment complex in downtown Atlanta. I have never seen one before. It was amazing. I thought it was a bat or bird, but then it swooped right by my deck and I could clearly see it. Is it unusual to see them this time of year? What kind of food can I put out for them? Do you think they will eat off of a feeder on my deck? Thanks!

Thanks for visiting and your report from downtown Atlanta. Perhaps a platform feeder with some sunflower hearts would do the trick. We have fed sunflower hearts exclusively and have attracted them for the last 15 years . Best of luck to you and thanks again for your report.

Comments from a visitor in Basking Ridge, New Jersey

December 29, 2008

Subject: Thanks and thoughts

I just stopped by your website to see what was new in December. I hope all went well with Peg's surgery since the absence of further comment could mean either emotional/caretaker overload or an unhappy outcome. Since your last message suggested that you may be letting the website go in the future, I wanted to thank you for posting your wonderful photographs. I have enjoyed them so much. So, thanks so much for sharing and best wishes for the new year. Cynthia S Basking Ridge, NJ
 

Thank you so much for your note and best wishes. We are right in the middle of a very difficult recovery but things are looking a little better now. Although I am cautious about becoming too optimistic since conditions have and do change almost daily. I hope that in a few weeks to get her home and can resume  my web page entries, and answer in the usual way all of the comments I receive. Wishing you and all our visitors a Happy New Year.
 

Comments from a visitor in Denison, Texas

December 28, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel Texas sighting
We have a flying squirrel visiting our indoor/outdoor atrium at night. It's great up close viewing. So entertaining. We're in Denison, Texas.

Thank you for visiting and your report from Denison. Another Texas dot will be added to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Brimley , Michigan

December 24, 2008

We wanted to report that we have been watching a flying squirrel in our bird feeder. We are located in the upper peninsula of Michigan near the Canadian border, on the shores of Lake Superior, near a rural town called Brimley, Michigan.
thanks for the web site, we enjoy it.
-Gary Mc

Thank you for visiting and your very nice comments and especially for adding another locale to our map .

Comments from a visitor in Crystal, Minnesota

December 24, 2008

 

Just wanted to pass this along, I have had a pair of squirrels visiting my Crystal MN home just like clock work.


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Comments from a visitor in Magalia, Butte County, California

December 24, 2008

I’m located in Butte County CA, 2700’ elevation, at the junction of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountain ranges. A couple of months ago I had a flyingsquirrel in my house! I was able to corral her into a carrier. Even with thick leather gloves I was leery of those teeth! She immediately started chewing on the plastic carrier. I took her about 100 yards from the house and let her go.
I wish I had taken photos, no one believes that flying squirrels live in this area. I’ve seen them before, gliding between trees at dusk. I’m honored that she paid me a visit, and happy that I was able to capture her before my cats or dogs did her harm.
Magalia, Butte County, CA

Comments from a visitor in Columbia Heights, Minnesota

December 23, 2008

How neat!! Have never seen one before (actually 2 tonight)! Thought
I'd share after witnessing this tonight 12/23/08 at the birdfeeder
around 9:30PM in Columbia Heights, MN. Thanks for sharing your website!

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Comments from a visitor in Delaware

December 23, 2008

Subject: flying squirrels in Delaware
I believe we have 3 flying squirrels in our backyard. They have all of the markings of one. We have plenty of regular squirrels and we’ve seen babies. These don’t look like them at all. Tonight, one just flew from one tree to the next – probably about 20 feet. We live in Northern DE. The range map doesn’t show that this is their normal habitat. They have the black line on them separating their belly from their sides
 

Comments from a visitor in Location unknown

December 20, 2008

Subject: flying squirrels in my attic
for the past year i've been having squirrel issues in my attic, i've been catching them with have a heart traps. Earlier topday i caught a tiny squirrel and realized it was a flying squirrel. This should explain why they keep making the majority of noise at night. How can I prevent these cute but very disturbing creatures from coming into my house. How far should i drive them so they dont find their way back
 

Subject: Flying Squirrel NJ
I never knew these existed. Past few days found one eating at my bird feeders in the middle of the night.
I'm in Audubon NJ near Philadelphia.
Photo attached. Brian
 

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Thank you for visiting and adding another location to our growing Flying Squirrel location report. Thanks for the great shot.

Comments from a visitor in Bethel, Connecticut

December 16, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel
We never knew these existed in CT until tonight and we’re in our 50’s! We found one on our birdfeeder happily eating away and we were able to take pictures. It stayed on the feeder oblivious to our movements around it for a good 10 minutes. We were trying to figure out what it was and I made a kissing sound at it to see if it would look up at us. It literally flew off of the feeder to the ground below (our deck is on the second story) at lightning speed and that’s when I went to the internet to identify it. What a sight! It’s the small things in life that make us happy. We hope to see him/her again soon! Paula M Bethel, CT

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Thank you for your first sighting report from Bethel. The first sighting experience for these little guys is always satisfying, exciting and memorable . Hope you get to see it and many more as long as they stay out side and not as unwelcome guest inside as many of our visitors have reported . Thanks for yet another Connecticut sighting report, seems like there is a FS invasion in "The Constitution State".         Great shot thanks for sending.

Comments from a visitor in Reston, Virginia

December 16, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrels in Reston, Virginia
Well, while I am happy to report that I have seen flying squirrels at last, I am NOT so happy to report that they're in my attic.
They will be relocated to the local wildlife preserve where the ranger will help picking out a suitable habitat. These guys sure make a LOT of noise between 2-5 AM when they're playing squirrel Olympics in the ceiling...

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Thank you for visiting and your report from Reston. Photographic proof of yet another home invasion by the miniature flying rodents. Reston will be added to our visitor flying squirrel sighting location report.


 

Comments from a visitor in New Milford,  Connecticut

December 13, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel - The Encounter
Saturday, Dec. 13, 2008, 5:45 P.M., New Milford, CT. The Encounter
I've lived in my home for twenty years. My husband has lived here for over thirty years. During our lives we've enjoyed the abundant wildlife which pass through our yard. It's not unusual for a mouse to find their way inside and come face to face with one of our two cats. The outcome for the mouse isn't pleasant. Two bats and a bird have had happier exits.
Last night, I walked into the kitchen and flipped on the light. My 15/16 lb.orange and white cat was sitting in front of the frig staring up at the side by side doors. The frig is covered with magnets from vacation spots. To my amazement, a creature, is wrapped in a semi circle around two of the magnets. My mind races through the inventory of known critters. Blank, what is this think with those big bulging eyes?
Calling my husband from the living room, chasing the cat away, dumb-founded by the creatures' calmness. It's just sitting there mostly diffing gravity. My husband entering the kitchen, believing I'm a raving maniac, equally becomes mystified by our visitor.
Well, now what? We don't what it running through the house. How do we get it outside? The game plan, open a door to the back room, close that door, then open the door to the basement, which allows escape to the outside world. By morning it should be gone.
That should work but how to get it off the frig to the back room. The distance of about two feet. My husband goes into the living room and returns with the instrument of persuasion. A three foot long roll of Christmas wrapping paper, with a little push, the game plan goes off without a hitch. The next couple of hours, the cats held a vigil by the door listening, intently. In the morning, I closed the door to the basement and let the cats go in the back room. Our little buggy eyed friend was gone. The encounter was over.
But, what is it? A baby squirrel? No, wrong time of year. Yeah, the Internet, pictures, rodents, squirrels? Ah, a flying squirrel. How cute. Unfortunately, I didn't take a picture. So use your imagination. Charlene New Milford, CT.

A great story from New Milford. Congratulations on seeing your first flying squirrel and sharing your experience with our visitors.  They are a very  unique little rodent and it is great that it provided you with a wildlife indoor treat that also ended well for all. With the Christmas wrapping  roll playing an integral part of the adventure, this will be for all time a Christmas to remember. Thanks again for visiting .

Comments from a visitor in San Clemente,  California

December 11, 2008

Subject: A heartfelt thank you
My morning routine typically includes a visit to your site which I have in my “favorites” list. I am one of your loyal website viewers and have been visiting your site for years. You may remember getting some of my previous comments about enjoying your robin nest videos. I also have been delighted with the new format and being updated monthly on the wildlife and bird activity around your home. When I logged in this morning I was saddened to hear about your wife’s upcoming surgery and the possibility that the Howpeg journal may end. I just wanted you to know that your online community is there with you and your wife in spirit and I will include you both in my prayers at this trying time in your lives. You truly have a gift for providing a beautiful and serene website that can let us escape from the hectic pace of our everyday lives. With technology keeping most of the younger people from enjoying the outdoors and nature I am concerned that our beloved backyard bird and wildlife population may suffer in the future. Your website is one of the few left that reminds us to slow down and just enjoy nature and the creatures that God gave us. God bless you both and know that you have the support of the many people you have touched with your dedication to your website.
Best wishes, Dianne S, San Clemente, CA

Thank you so very much for your very much appreciated words and sentiment. Thank you especially for your prayers for us at this time and your continued web page visits over the last few years.  I am hopeful that I will be able to provide a most favorable and happy update in the weeks ahead and if so then perhaps even embark on some new yet to be discovered wildlife observations on these pages.

Comments from a visitor in Washington,  DC

December 2, 2008

Subject: Flying squirrel sighting in Washington DC
Just wanted to report a flying squirrel in northwest Washington DC right outside of my house, which is an urban area. Cute little guy!

Thank you for visiting and reporting your flying squirrel sighting from the Nations capitol . I believe the first reported here actually from DC.

Comments from a visitor in Ridgefield,  Connecticut

November 27, 2008

Subject: Home invasion in Ridgefield, CT
Tonite (Thanksgiving 11/27/2008) I said goodnite to my daughter and watched as she walked up the steps to go to bed, only to be startled a few seconds later by the sounds of crashing and screaming. I thought she had fallen down the stairs so I ran to where she was standing, her eyes as big as saucers, and she yelled "There's a chinchilla in the house!" I told her that chinchilla's are not native to Connecticut and it must be a chipmunk or something. "Then it's some kind of mutant chipmunk with eyes as big as marbles!" I looked around but did not see anything so I asked where it went. She said that it jumped up the stairs into the living, clarifying that it jumped up one step at a time, not all the steps at once, which would not be out of the question if it was indeed a mutant chipmunk!
I went down to the garage to get my hav-a-hart trap to catch whatever it was and was heading upstairs when my daughter announced that she found him in the dining room. Sure enough, there he was under an antique china cabinet and I most definitely did not recognize what species of critter he was. Seemed too small for a chinchilla, but much too big for a field mouse or chipmunk. And the eyes were every bit as big as black marbles, exceeded only by the size of my daughters popping-out eyes staring at the mutant chipmunk in her dining room. I was able to set up the trap, using a quartered pear leftover from our Thanksgiving dinner as bait.
The little guy did not seem in the least bit interested in that pear, at least not enough to be willing to walk into the trap. But he also didn't seem particularly nervous, which is remarkable and counter to every other experience I've had with wildlife, mutant or otherwise, getting into my house. And more so considering the screaming 10 year old and large agitated man trying to figure out how to get him out. But he just calmly sat there looking at us with those big black marble eyes. I decided to get a broom to encourage him to go into the trap and have some nice delicious pear, but when I stepped into the kitchen the little varmint scurried out from beneath the china cabinet and ran under an antique serving table. Broom in hand I opened the door to the deck, conveniently located next to the serving table, and used the broom to point him in the direction of his salvation. He quickly made a beeline for the door, leaving me and my daughter scratching our heads trying to figure out what the heck that thing was and more importantly, are there more of them in the house or trying to get in.
After a thorough sweep of the most likely areas, we concluded that he was a loner. Later, I was able to search online for pictures of likely suspects for our little mutant chipmunk and found them and this site, identifying him as a flying squirrel. I had not known that flying squirrels lived in Connecticut, and would not have recognized one had I ever seen one before. This is certainly not the first odd looking creature we have seen around here. It is the first however, besides myself, to actually get inside the house. Order has now been restored and all is relatively calm, at least until the morning when I tell the Mrs. about our little visitor from tonite. I suspect it will be the basis for a long weekend filled with around the house chores, and a lot of comments about the kind of neighborhood where varmints get into peoples houses. But, frankly it will be worth it for the story alone, much less the ability to tease them from time to time that I thought I heard some sounds like a squirrel flying around up in the attic!
My most sincere regards, Dion K

Thank you for your Flying Squirrel story and indeed a tale very well told.  Yours is the second report from Ridgefield to our web page so thank you very much for taking the time to share. Home Invasion by flyers is fairly common as reported here on  this page as many of the hundreds of comments we have received so indicate.  Congratulations on seeing your first and making this Thanksgiving one that your Daughter et al will always remember.

 

Comments from a visitor in Spring Mills,  Pennsylvania

November 25, 2008

Subject: Northern(?) Flying Squirrel Sighting
In my house.
In Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. (Centre County -- pretty near the middle of the state if you bisect the southern and western borders.)
First that we knew there were flying squirrels around here. We've seen red pine squirrels and common gray squirrels a plenty but never a flying
squirrel before. [We captured it and relocated it outside. Hopefully it was just looking for a place to stay and hadn't moved in yet.] Our house is on the edge of a little village and borders Penns Creek. We have mostly open space with a lot of maple trees and a few hemlocks, even fewer pines, black walnut, butternut, cherry etc. but the house is surrounded by grass and garden so where that one glided in from beats me. Don A.

Great news from Spring Mills. Thanks for sharing and congratulations on seeing your first one. Uninvited in house sightings are probably not the best way to make the discovery but sounds like it ended well with the safe capture and release. Depending on the tree height nearby, they can make some pretty extensive flights, and have been know to sail around 300 ft. I have seen them fly from trees across the street into our feeder Oak tree. Perhaps your roof line was the landing strip needed for this guy but would expect that he could return from whence he came, via a take off from the roof. So if  the nearby trees are tall then perhaps that explains it. I have never seen one tarry very long on the ground as they are quite vulnerable there. Thanks for visiting , your report and adding another location to our sighting map an page.

Comments from a visitor in Middlebury,  Connecticut

November 21, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel
I just read your story about your visiting flying squirrels. Night before last I saw my first flying squirrel (I live in CT) at my bird feeder. It was a very calm, cute little guy who just sat there and let me watch him. The next night, back he came, only this time I found out he hadn't traveled very far - I discovered that he's living in the birdhouse directly above the feeder! When he became disenchanted with my watching him, he'd retire to his "home" and occasionally poke his head out the hole to see if I was still there. As soon as I went into the house and looked out my window, there he was - back at the feeder.
I was very excited to see you were able to attract additional flying squirrels and I'm hoping to do the same. Where he came from I have no idea, but I'm suspicious of a large tree that was removed from my property (condominium) the day before. This is a very rural area with our condos set within 1000 acres of hills and forest. I'm hoping he will stay for the winter now that he has such a nice home to live in and plan to keep the bird feeder filled.
I'd like to put out occasional "treats" for my guest, especially when it's very cold and snowy and was wondering if you have any suggestions. So far I've seen no interference from the raccoons which are plentiful in my area. Any suggestions you might have to help make my new little flying squirrel feel more at home would be appreciated .Christine D

Thank you for your report from Middlebury and congratulations on seeing your first flying squirrel. Sounds like you will have many viewing opportunities since it has taken up residence in the birdhouse. Strange as it seems, we have never seen them in the winter. They seem to stop eating the sunflower hearts we feed them unually from April to September and then they just stop showing up untill the next Spring. So sorry that I have no suggestions except to say to continue to put food out for them as long as he stays. If there is one there are sure to be others. We have only fed sunflowere hearts but others have reported feeding peanuts and other bird seed. At any rate another location will be added to our sighting page and map. Thanks again

Comments from a visitor in Blaine, Minnesota

November 18, 2008

Subject: Flying squirrel sighting
Hello,
I tried sending an e-mail via clicking the link on your web site but received a computer error, could have been on my end so I thought I would send this e-mail in case you didn't receive the first attempt.
I just spent 20 minutes, with two of my neighbors, chasing a flying squirrel around my house. I think he got in through the attached garage. We saw him last week and he might have slipped in when I was leaving for poker league tonight.
After our sighting last week (of this squirrel) I did some research and can confirm with 100% accuracy that this was a flying squirrel. You can't mistake the big nocturnal eyes, smaller size and webbing along his sides.
I live in Blaine Minnesota, Anoka County. We are about 17 miles north of Minneapolis. Today's sighting took place at 9:00pm CST.
I am happy to report that we caught him with a fishing net and big kitchen bowl. He was released without harm and we watched him (with the aid of a flashlight) run up one of my huge oak trees. Thank you,             Jon.B
 

Thank you for your flying squirrel sighting report from Blaine. Sounds like the little guy provided a bit of excitement and no doubt some lively conversation at the poker league. First sightings are usually exciting even without the added home invasion ruckus. Glad to hear you were able to successfully extract it back to the oak tree .  Hope it stays out there and provides many more outside viewing opportunities. It  does make for an interesting story so thanks again. Another Minnesota dot will be added to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Burlington,  Connecticut

November 16, 2008

Subject: Flying squirrels in Burlington Connecticut
I spotted a small creature one night a couple of weeks ago on my bird feeder that had sunflowers seeds in it. When I tried to get close to it, it sprang from the feeder onto the ground and up a tree. I was baffled about this and could not tell what the little creature was. about 1 week later, I saw it again on my feeder. This time it let me get close enough to touch it. That is when I saw it was a flying squirrel. I did not know we had them in Connecticut but upon researching, I found out we have 2 species.
I have watched every night since. At one time we had 10 in the yard. They are so much fun to watch zipping here and there.
Betty H.   Burlington, CT

Thank you for your report from Burlington and congratulations on making the discovery. Sounds like you have a healthy population of flyers. In your area both the Northern and Southern Flying Squirrels can be found. They are indeed fascinating to watch. Thanks again for sharing and adding Burlington to our sighting location page and map.

Comments from a visitor in Wrentham,  Massachusetts

November 9, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel sighting
Wrentham, MA, 02093:  a pair of flying squirrels have nested in a dead  tree in our front yard.

Thank you for your report from Wrentham. From your report and many others from your state it appears that there is a healthy population of the Flying Squirrels in "the Bay State". Wrentham will be added to our location page and a dot will be placed on our sighting map. Thanks again
 

Comments from a visitor in Belvidere, New Jersey

November 7, 2008

November 7, 2008. My wife and I were sitting on our deck overlooking the Pequest River tonight on what must have been one of the last warmish nights of the year. It was dark, around 7:40 p.m. I had just gotten up to let the dog in when I heard a thump on the chair next to the one I'd been sitting in. There was a small, bright-eyed squirrel perched on the top backrest of the chair. Our yard is full of "standard" squirrels and at first we thought this was a baby that had fallen from--where, the roof?--but we noticed some distinct differences in appearance. My wife said she'd seen something flying over the yard before this squirrel landed and we wondered if it could be a flying squirrel. I nudged it with a chair cushion, and it flopped away in what was definitely not standard squirrel-like hopping.

To be honest, I didn't know if NJ had flying squirrels, so I Googled "flying squirrel, New Jersey" and found this site, complete with matching pictures. We recently added some bird feeders to our yard and have been very pleased with the new species of birds we've seen. We've had lots of raccoons have even seen a beaver amble out through our yard to river, but the flying squirrel was by far one of the neatest additions to our local menagerie.
Mike and Sissy Belvidere, NJ

Thank you for sharing your first flying squirrel encounter with  all our visitors. It is always neat the first time you spot one of these flying marvels. For most of us an experience in life that we will remember fondly with excitement.  Not at all rare these days, and especially in New Jersey which is perhaps the state with the most reported sightings here at this site.  Congratulations and thanks again for adding another New Jersey dot to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Teaneck, New Jersey

October 28, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel encounter
Oct 27, 2008
While watching Late Night with David Letterman I noticed a dark flash out of the corner of my eye. I didn't see anything immediately. A few minutes later I saw something jump out of a little toy box full of my son's old Ninja Turtle figures that was left out for my young nephew to play with while visiting. It was too large to be a mouse. Then I saw the fluffy tail. I chased it around the living room and dining room, It jumped up and ran along the curtain rod, jumped down, scampered from
corner to corner. I opened the door to the back porch and managed to direct it out the door onto my screened in porch. The thing started jumping high up onto the screens. That's when I realized this was no ordinary squirrel. It was jumping and gliding from screen to the floor and back up to the screen. The scene was quit comical. I managed to convince it to glide out the open door. Now I have to find out how it got in. I don't think this is the last of my flying squirrel encounters.
Dennis S Bergen County, Teaneck, NJ
 

A fun story, thanks for sharing. Probably more fun after the fact than when trying to persuade the flyer to "get out of the house". Actually not unlike several similar in house adventures reported here by previous visitors.  If it were your first encounter , then congratulations are in order and also on your successful exit persuasion. Hope you find and close off his entrance methodology and also hope you have many more sightings , only in the great outdoors. Thanks for visiting and adding another New Jersey sighting location to our location map and page.

Comments from a visitor in Homer Glen, Illinois

October 27, 2008

While technically not a comment sent directly to our howpeg response page. This visitor, from Homer Glen Illinois  is a columnist for the Homer Horizon Weekly newspaper. Please read the article by Leo Bigus about his first encounter with the elusive Flying Squirrel. His description and joy described in his article parallels not only our own experience on the first sighting, but also of so many of our visitors so described in their own words on this page. So thank you for your kind and gracious words about our web site and thank you also for adding another dot to our sighting map and sighting locator from Homer Glen.

Homer Horizon Article

Comments from a visitor in Coventry, Connecticut

October 21, 2008

Subject: Your site
I love the site. We recently discovered that we had these little friends in our woods. Tonight the cat brought one in the house. We caught it and let it go. I'm 46 and last year was the first time I had ever seen one. My son hit a small hollow tree with a stick and out they came! I enjoyed your video's and will show my wife and kids tomorrow. THX, Pat

Thank you for visiting and sharing your first Flying Squirrel encounter. Thank you also for your comments, and adding another Connecticut dot to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Louisville, Kentucky

October 15, 2008

Subject: great site
What is the music used as background for the Through the Years the Nightly Visitors  video? Artist or album?
We're in Louisville. I'm going to look for flying squirrels next spring. Thanks

Thanks for visiting and your comment and best of luck in spotting your own flyers, they are a treat to observe. The music I used in the video you mention is called "Summer Inspiration". It is from an album "Piano Dance" offered by Flying Hands Inc which offers royalty free music for use in the broadcast media and any production effort. For a fee this music can be licensed to add background to published productions. They do not list any artist for this piece. The license allows music to be used only in concert with a multimedia  production, but never used as a stand alone music item.  I use two such royalty free music providers. Flying Hands which has recently been added to StudioCutz Music Library,  as mentioned and also Sound Ideas for the music backgrounds of my videos. You can visit their websites by searching on any search engine such as Google ,Microsoft , Yahoo, etc. Thanks again for visiting .

Comments from a visitor in Holly Springs, Mississippi

October 6, 2008

Subject: Summers End
Holly Springs, Ms. 9/19/08 They were gone a couple days after these were taken. Hungry little tuskers aren't they.
 

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Thanks for the follow up report from Holly Springs. Assuming you mean most of them are gone, and most likely on  their way across the Gulf to the winter grounds. The numbers at our feeders here in Kentucky have diminished a bit but still seeing one or more ever day including today October 7, 2008. Of course we never had them in the abundance you have chronicled in your photos. For all of  Ken's  incredible Humming bird shots just click on the picture above and catch the page with all the photos. Thanks again for visiting and sharing your Mississippi Hummers.

 

 

Comments from a visitor in New Haven, Connecticut

October 6, 2008

Subject: Flying squirrel sighted new haven, ct
Attached is a photo I was able to take of a flying squirrel in front of my patio in the Down Town section of State St New Haven, CT 06511 915PM 10/6/08
I did not know they existing in CT.        Mark

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Thank you for your report from New Haven. Nice to know they live right in the downtown section right in and around the decorative lighting. If this was your first sighting of these little guys, then congratulations are in order. Also another Connecticut dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks for visiting and sharing your pic.
 

Comments from a visitor in Rockaway, New Jersey

October 6, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel sighting Rockaway, NJ
On 10/5/08 in Rockaway, NJ 10 pm my family and I heard a 'thump' on the back door. We looked and saw a flying squirrel hanging on screen. He jumped onto the top railing of the deck then glided towards the ground into the darkness. We were so excited... I did not even know that flying squirrels lived in NJ (I have been living here for 45 years) nor did I know they were nocturnal. That was a true treat for a family of animal lovers.
Is there anything we can provide for them especially since winter is coming?

Thank you for your report and sharing your excitement on your first flying squirrel sighting.   You have lots of New Jersey company who have also reported flyers. Actually New Jersey is one of the most reported states to our flying squirrel sighting map and chart. Most documentation I have read, indicates that they will nest together in cold weather and certainly slow down their activities, although not actual hibernation. You might try putting up a feeder on the side of a tree and placing some enticement there each evening. We have used sunflower hearts although we see very little activity after September at the feeder tree. Best time for us has been from about April to late August . I guess to paraphrase "feed them and they will come". Hope so anyway. Best of luck and thanks again for visiting and sharing your story.

Comments from a visitor in Severn, Maryland

October 1, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel sighting
I was looking online to see if flying squirrels were common around our area and ran across your page. my aunt and i was sitting out on our deck talking around 3 in the morning and my aunt seen something on the end of the deck hopping around on the railing and seemed to be kinda trying to fly and couldn't tell what it was at first...at first we thought it was a bat, then a mouse. .it had been jumping up to the side of the house like it was trying to get up it, but it had rained so everything was slippery, but as we got closer to it we was stuck between bat and chipmunk...it was sitting up on a metal plant hanger and as i got within a few feet of it we realized it must be a flying squirrel due to the folds of skin and funky little tail! wow! neither of us had ever seen one up close and was amazed! we both had heard that people sometimes keep them as pets and since it really wasn't running from us we was thinking maybe it was a pet that had gotten loose from someone so we tried to catch it..pfft...fat chance! quick little boogers! neither of us was thinking of taking a picture which we should have! we are now wondering if maybe the sounds we have heard up in the attic might have been one as he was trying to get to the roof of the house, but who knows! he sure was the cutest lil thing we ever seen! just thought we would share our little sighting! We are located in Severn, MD. sighted Oct. 1 2008, around 3:00 A.M. Thanks!

Thank you for sharing your story and your excitement on seeing your first flying squirrel. Excitement over seeing them for the first time is pretty universal to all of us. This can be tempered I suppose, by them invading your attic, so I hope this is not the case. Many visitors here have reported such home invasions, but thankfully we have not had any trouble in 15 plus years of sharing the grounds with them. We will add another dot to our Maryland sighting map and reference Severn MD on our location page. Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Petrey, Alabama

September 29, 2008

Subject: flying squirrels
My wife and I have lived in Petrey, Alabama for 3 years now. I was raised about 7 miles from here, but my wife from Texas. I have seen flying squirrels in the woods as a child and in my teens, but felt that with the times they were all but extinct around this area with so many pines going up and the hardwood being cut. What a surprise when our first year here we noticed something in the pecan trees in the yard. It took a few nights to find out what it was but then my wife found a new love to go out at night and try to find the squirrels in the trees. They only come out at night and the colder the better we have noticed. When the pecans are gone off the trees we seem to lose them until the next year. Today I placed a feeder on the side of one of the pecan trees with sunflower seeds in it, I am somewhat anxious to see what comes about it in the next weeks, hopefully it will keep them coming a little longer than a few months. But if not we do look forward to each and every year. They have just started feeding again about two weeks ago, in the trees.
 

Thank you for visiting and your report from Southern Alabama. Thanks also for the information regarding pecans as one of their preferred food sources. Hope your sunflower hearts keep them coming and provide many  more chances to observe them. Another Alabama dot will be added to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Monroe, Louisiana

September 25, 2008

 Flying Squirrel --caught by a cat in Monroe, Louisiana.

It is beginning to look like that Flying Squirrels are a routine prey for the house cats. Several incidents on the cats vs. flying squirrels have been reported here and it seems the occurrences are on the rise. Thanks for visiting and your report from Monroe.

Comments from a visitor in Watertown, Connecticut

September 24, 2008

Flying squirrels - Watertown, Connecticut
 

Thanks for visiting and your flying squirrels sighting report from Watertown
 

Comments from a visitor in Toledo, Ohio

September 22, 2008

I live in Toledo Ohio and had never seen a flying squirrel until the other day. My cat unfortunately brought in a dead flying squirrel. We did not know what it was until we looked it up. Attached are some pictures. 2 weeks ago she brought in what I know believe was a juvenile flying squirrel as we could not figure out it was. It was not a chipmunk, mouse, rat or mole. I feel bad that they killed them, but now I will be on the lookout for more – alive this time. I did not realize we had flying squirrels in this area. Susanne
 

Thank you for your report of Flying Squirrels from Toledo. Too bad that the first sightings for you are of the deceased little guy. Your pictures certainly do confirm that your cat did indeed find flying squirrels.  Your pictures can be viewed  on the link below. Many reports of flyers from all over Ohio have been received on this forum and certainly hope you are able to spot them in flight.  A similar cat vs. flying squirrel report was received a few days ago from Waterbury CT.  Thanks again for visiting and sharing your story and pictures.
See the Pictures of the deceased flying squirrel here

Comments from a visitor Raleigh, North Carolina

September 19, 2008

I actually am not a blogger but I'm so intrigued by my wee hummers that I'm going to just jump in and hopefully not make a fool of myself.

Last spring a hummingbird divebombed me on my deck and i got the message and set up a feeder.   She had one daughter in 2007 and both returned this year.  Both had daughters and i suspect the first daughter had a son as well because for one long weekend a small male dominated the feeder. [i work fulltime and only see  all-day behaviors on Saturdays.]  The male soon disappeared and i'm guessing from what i've read the oldsters ran the little rascal off.  If he returns to my
habitat next year things should be interesting given he'll be an adult.
Anyway, this season there have been four females - grandma, daughter, and their respective two daughters - in my habitat.  I can tell them apart by physical characteristics and behavior, e.g  the smallest, the granddaughter, sits on the rim of the feeder to sip, and returns to her next to the south. The grandma is longer  and bigger than the rest and her nest is to the north.  Her daughter is a chatty cathy who sips and chirps up a storm, sips and chirps, then exits south.  She has a
mottled chest while the others' chests are creamy.
Last year the last sighting was on Sept. 8'07.  At least the two youngest are still here feeding as of 9/19.  So my question to more experienced feeders is, do they migrate all at the same time or do they leave when each individual is ready?  How do they know when to migrate?   Do they have a hurricaine sensor that warns them not to leave while climatic conditions to the south are dangerous?  Do they rely on local temperatures?  Do they wait until they are strong enough for the trip? 
The granddaughter is sooo small i beefed up the sugar content of the syrup to help her beef up for the trip. I'd love to learn more about the science if anyone can enlighten me. Linda
 

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Sounds like you have made some keen observations about the hummers visiting your feeder. From your description of Hummer family lineage, it is obvious your observations are more astute than any previously  reported. Much of the information your seek can be found on several sites on the internet. This one is especially rich in content  http://www.learner.org/jnorth/search/Hummer.html.  The first and last dates for the hummers to arrive and depart may vary the further north your location . One thing I found on several sites -- it  is the length of the daylight hours that triggers the migration action . and since September is the the month when daylight again shortens to reach  parity with the dark time, it seems logical that September is the month the migration back to the tropics begins.  It does seem so here in Kentucky . although as of this date September 26, 2008  hummers are still at the feeder here in Louisville.  Hope you find all the information you are looking for and thanks again for visiting.

 

Comments from a visitor in Germantown, Tennessee

September 15, 2008

Something has been shedding the bark off my cedar tree for a couple of years now. Some of the branches have been stripped down completely. Last year I borrowed a game camera from a friend of mine that hunts to try and capture an image of this mystery tree shredder but I didn't have any luck. Sat night we had high winds thanks to leftover Hurricane Ike so when I woke up yesterday morning, I looked out back to assess any damage. What I found was this ball of shredded cedar under my cedar tree. It's a nest. After researching online, I am fairly confident that it belongs to a flying squirrel. The outside of the nest has larger strips of cedar bark and twigs. The interior is very fine shredding of cedar bark. The nest was intact, but empty. I have lived in my house for 9 years and have never seen a flying squirrel but now I have some comfort in knowing what has been after my cedar tree for several years now! I have attached 2 pictures of the nest.
MJN Germantown, TN

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Thank you for your report from Germantown. In all of the last 15 years we have had flying squirrels visiting our large oak trees , I have never seen any evidence of nest . So I cannot verify that the nest is a flyer nest, but suspect you are correct in that assumption. If any site visitors can add comments to your find, I will post them here. Sorry for the delay in posting. We have been without power for one week, thanks to hurricane IKE and was just restored today.


Comments from a visitor in Galloway, New Jersey

September 13, 2008

Subject: My Southern Flying Squirrel
I was going to clean out our birdhouse and as I opened the back access door, I found myself staring into the biggest dark eyes in a little gray head with pink ears. I later found out through Internet searches that it was indeed a Southern Flying Squirrel. Unfortunately I think that since I surprised him (and him me) it appears he has left. I was looking forward to having him here. I hope he comes back. Oh we live in Galloway, NJ. Is there anything we can do to help him come back?????? Let me know. . . . . . .Thanks, JP
 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your report form Galloway. Many  site visitors have reported finding flyers in their bird houses but I cannot remember any describing how they many have induced them to stay after the original disruption. Since we have never had any similar experience afraid I cannot offer any first hand advice. If any visitor has any for you, I  would welcome and post here any constructive advice. I think it would be neat to have a nest to observe and there are flying squirrel house plans on the internet. Just search on "flying squirrel houses"  and perhaps in addition to the plans they also have some suggestions as to how to attract them .  Of course placing a feeder on a tree and supplying some goodies like sunflower hearts, might keep them around even if not in your bird house. Thanks again for visiting and adding another New Jersey location to our sighting  map and Log. New Jersey is one of our most reported locations for Flying Squirrel sightings.

Comments from a visitor in Waterbury, Connecticut

September 12, 2008

I am in Waterbury Connecticut. I just found a flying squirrel that my cats had killed and left by the back door for me. I have never seen a live one but this is the second one that they have killed in the last year so I know that they are out there. We also have many black squirrels in Waterbury which I know are a variation of normal gray squirrels. I have also seen smaller red squirrels out during the daytime that I do not think are flying squirrels, I am not sure what type of squirrel they are.

Thank you for visiting and your report from Waterbury. I suppose that small rodents like the Flyers are natural prey for the cats, but thought they usually devour their catch almost completely. I have never seen evidence around here of the neighborhood cats having actually caught one , although I have observed them stalking them occasionally on the feeder tree. Sounds like the red squirrel you describe is just that -  a red squirrel. We do not have them here but see that they are common from Alaska through Canada and in the north eastern US.  They are just as you describe , about half the size of the the gray squirrel, which would still make them quite a bit larger than the flying squirrels.  Deceased flyers being observed do count as sightings - so another Connecticut dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in , Mississippi

September 9, 2008

I have an incredible amount of hummers in my Mississippi yard. (1.5 gallons of syrup/day) I also have two dozen of the perky pet 48 oz hexagonal feeders that have been discontinued. I am looking for replacement plastic globes for this feeder. Any suggestions. Thanks, Gerry

Wow that is a lot of Hummer activity. Cannot offer any suggestions on the feeder replacements but will post here and if any visitor has a suggestion will post here and forward to  your Email address.

 

Comments from a visitor in Holly Springs, Mississippi

September 8, 2008

Preparing for their trip from Holly Springs, Ms to their Winter Home..9/8/08

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Thank you for visiting and sharing your Hummer photos.  It appears that your hummers are a lot more tolerant of each other sharing the food source. The recurring behavior pattern year after year, here in Louisville KY,  is  one of a dominate male assuming ownership of the feeder array and attempting to drive off any would be hummer intruder. Perhaps it is a behavior  pattern necessitated by the sheer numbers of birds. When the numbers are sufficient as appears in your Mississippi photos , would be a losing battle for a would be "king of the hill:  to drive them away. Interesting, Thanks again for sharing. The full size photos can be seen by clicking on the thumbnail.

Comments from a visitor in Lorain, Ohio

September 5, 2008

I live in Lorain, Ohio near Amherst, Ohio where a writer spotted a flying squirrel. In the last two days I have dead tiny flying squirrels in my back yard. They are light grey on top, with white undersides. The tail and the skin folds are the give away. Could these have been babies?

Thanks for visiting and your report from Amherst. From your comments about the color and the description of the skin folds and tail, I would say in all probability they are flying squirrels. I have never seen any of the flyer babies up close and even the adult flyers are certainly tiny when compared to other squirrels, so can't speculate on the dead ones you have encountered. Certainly would be interested in how many and what the circumstance of their demise was.  In 15 years of having lots of flyers in our trees, have never seen a dead one. We will add Lorain to our Flying Squirrel sighting location page. Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Brooksville, Florida

August 23, 2008

I was just in the yard, rearranging some moonflower vines around what I thought was an empty birdhouse. when I stood in front of it to check out my handiwork, I noticed two big beautiful brown eyes peering at me. I was in shock, while we both just stared at each other. then he turned around and appeared to go back to sleep. made my day.


Thank you for your Flying Squirrel report from the Sunshine state. Sounds like it had found a nice dry place away from the recent storm rains which may have hit your area. Another Florida dot will be added to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Louisville, Kentucky

August 18, 2008

Subject: Your site
Just want you to know how proud I am of you on your wonderful site and of your sharing the love of God’s creation with people all over the world. You rock, Dad!
Love, Deb
Louisville, KY

A most unexpected and treasured surprise in the MyComments mail this morning. Thank you dearest Daughter for visiting HowPeg.com and your much appreciated comments.  Love you too Kid, now be careful out there.
 

Comments from a visitor in  Warren, New Jersey

August 16, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel - NJ
August 16, 2008 - Warren, NJ I am an avid bird watcher and enjoy observing the birds at our feeders. This afternoon, around 4:00 p.m., I noticed something unusual. I thought it was a baby squirrel, however, I think it was a flying squirrel. The tail was very small - not like the photos I've seen, but it was not the type of squirrels we have in the area. It's eyes were very large and it's body half the size of a squirrel. One squirrel touched it, and it immediately laid on it's back pretending to be dead. After a few minutes, it just got up and ran up the tree.

Thank you for visiting and your report from Warren. Interesting behavior you describe is not like any previously reported on this forum.. In all the years we have observed them here, we really have never seen any flyers except after darkness. So have never observed gray squirrel and flying squirrel contact reactions. The eyes you describe certainly sound like could be a flyer but the normal flyer tail is pretty distinctive. Perhaps an unfortunate birth defect or perhaps even a chipmunk. Many flyers have been reported from New Jersey, so very possibly a very unusual Flyer sighting. Thanks for sharing.

Comments from a visitor from near  Flint, Michigan

August 9, 2008

Subject: flying squirrels in my house!
We live in Michigan, just south of Flint on 10 acres. Lots of hardwood trees and the perfect place for flyers. My experience with flyers began about 5 years ago. I heard something in our attic that left every night at dark. I could never figure out what it was until I was cleaning out my winter bird roost boxes and found I was face to face with 3 flying squirrels. I have built 3 'flyer' apartments mounted in the trees for them in an effort to get them out of the attic. They have moved in but there are still some in the attic. Presently, we have one living in my computer room. How he got in I don't know. I have been trying to trap him with a havahart trap for about a week now. He loves sunflower seeds plus grapes, lettuce, and black cherries. I just want to catch him so he can go back outside but he has managed to trip the trap and escape every night. I have tried hanging the seed from a mesh net above the trip plate, wire tying a grape to the trip plate, etc. He is very clever. I may have to resort to a 2 stage trap I saw online. I love watching them and they are very entertaining-but outside!
Any suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks! Lori

Thanks for visiting and sharing your flying squirrel story. While we have had flying squirrels in the trees around our home for fifteen years that we know of, and in substantial numbers, we have never had a home invasion by the little guys. So sorry to say, cannot offer any tips to evict  your computer room resident. Best of luck in your efforts and thanks again for your report from the Flint area and adding another location to our flying squirrel sighting map.

Comments from a visitor from near  McKean,  Pennsylvania

August 7, 2008

Blessings to you
Hello,
Yesterday August 06, 2008 at approximately 3:30pm I was traveling South on Rt79 (Pennsylvania).I was just North of the McKean exit (between the Edinboro, Pa and Kearsarge exits) The two lane freeway is parallel to trees/wooded areas on both sides.I have a BS degree in Biology and love to observe the birds as I drive...but on this day a peculiar tawny critter floated across the lanes and I saw the rodent body and instantly knew !!!
It was amazing, and thank goodness no one was behind me!!!! It originated from the trees in the "middle" (on my West side) and floated at an approximate 25-30 degree angle downward toward the trees that were below the other side (East side). It was not a bird (Ave), plane, or even underdog...just little ole flying squirrel. I never saw one in this area and my family has lived in this area for over 80 years...truly an amazing treat !!!
Thank you,
I found this site while trying to track the indigenous areas for this species.

Thank you for visiting and your FS sighting  report from the Northern Pennsylvania area. Congratulations on seeing your first in that area, and especially by chance to see one in the daylight. Rarely are they seen until well after dusk. Another Pennsylvania dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks again

Comments from a visitor in New York State

August 4, 2008

Subject: Robin eggs hatched!
From western New York state. Thank you for this site - it has been very helpful. My front porch nest (too high to view the contents) has produced young birds. I have been careful not to disturb the parents. I was afraid, at first, that the young were not going to hatch - but I am able to seethe little bird heads. The chicks are surprisingly quiet, but definitely lively.

Thank you for the update and thank you also for your comments. Hopefully you will get to see them fledge within the next week or so. Takes about 14 -15 days after hatching.

Comments from a visitor in New York State

August 3, 2008

Subject: robin nest
Thank you for sharing your robin story. I have a visiting pair nested on a column up under my front porch. I have tried to be careful and trying not disturb them, I haven't gotten a ladder to check the contents of their nest. It seems like they have been there for a very long time - nearly a month.
It's a relatively protected spot. So, I was wondering when or if the eggs would hatch. There are snakes in my yard but I can't imagine that they would make it up the front porch column, I certainly hope not. Thanks again, Alana F So .Western New York state

Thanks for visiting our Robin nest pages. As for when the eggs hatch the incubation period is usually from 12 to 14 days. So if the nest has been there for a month , then certainly the eggs should have hatched. If that were the case you should be seeing the parent birds making many trips a day to feed those hungry hatchlings. On the other hand if you still see occasional activity  by the adult robins, then I suppose it is possible that you may be on the brink of  hatching, assuming they perhaps delayed the start of the laying process, for a bit after the nest was completed. At any rate hatching should have already occurred  or is imminent.  Good luck and thanks again for visiting. 

Comments from a visitor in Wheaton, Illinois

August 2, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel - Wheaton, Illinois
July 30, 2008
We found a baby flying squirrel lying on the sidewalk in front of our house, just under a big branch of a tree that is growing in our front yard. The baby squirrel was very young as he just barely had any hair, but he appeared alive and seemed unharmed.
Looking directly above where the baby was lying on the sidewalk to a branch that was perhaps 10 ft. in the air, we saw an adult flying squirrel (most likely the mother) in the leaves of the tree jumping around a bit and looking understandably upset. I got some fabric garden gloves (to minimize human scent contamination) and very carefully picked up the baby squirrel and set him in the crotch of the tree which was about 5 feet off the ground.
We then backed away and watched. The mother squirrel ran down the branch to the crotch of the tree, picked up the baby in her mouth and then scampered back up to her nest or hollow (whatever it was, the squirrels' home was well hidden from us).
Hopefully, mother and offspring are alive and well ...

Very nice story - Thanks for sharing and confirming yet another flying squirrel sighting in the general Chicago area. An area neighbor from St. Charles reported a sighting a few days ago. Hope you get a chance to see several more members of that litter after they have had a chancre to grow up a bit. Your sighting will be added to our tracking log and map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Houston, Texas

July 31, 2008

Subject: Houston Texas - Flying Squirrels
Just saw a pair float across the backyard from tree to tree. Location:
Tanglewood Area Houston Texas - Near the bayou

Thank you for visiting and your Flying Squirrel sighting report from Tanglewood. Our FS sighting map will be updated with a dot for the Houston area.

Comments from a visitor in Medford, New Jersey

July 30, 2008

Subject: flying squirrels
I spent two hours tonight watching a family of flying squirrels they were amazing! they were not at all skitterish and let me sit close by on the tree to photograph them while they ate and flew from tree to tree!! Medford, New Jersey

Great news from Medford. Hope you were able to get some great shots of the little guys. Their disposition  to tolerate human kind is actually pretty amazing. They are certainly wild animals, but yet exhibit traits of  domesticated pets, when it comes to going about their business with little regard for the two legged observers. Thanks for visiting and sharing your FS experience. The Sighting location report will be updated to include Medford. New Jersey is perhaps our most reported state and might not be able to discern the Medford dot. But it will be there.

Comments from a visitor in St. Charles, Illinois

July 28, 2008

Hi,
I didn’t know what it was at first. I was shocked when it flew through the air and then ran up a tree. We have been in unincorporated St. Charles Illinois for 13 years and live in a wooded area and have never seen a flying squirrel before. WOW!

Congratulations on seeing your first flyer and thanks for sharing it here. Always a fascinating experience when one first makes the discovery of these little guys . Another Illinois dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks again.
 

Comments from a visitor in Amherst, Ohio

July 27, 2008

Subject: possible flying squirrel sighting in Amherst OH?
This morning (around 9:30 am in July with sun shining and everything!) saw an unusually small squirrel scurrying up and down the trees in our back yard. It was more reddish than the one previous flying squirrel I have seen, but did have the black line running from front to back legs and very white tummy. It was too far away for me to see how big its eyes were. It was slightly bigger than a chipmunk but much smaller than our red fox squirrels. It was also much more energetic than our fox squirrels running up each big tulip tree then back down. I got the impression it was trying to find a route back to our woods without having to run across the ground, but tree branches were not close enough together for it to do so. Since it was not dark outside and it was not grey in color, could it have been a flying squirrel?
 

Thank you for visiting and your report from Amherst. While I have only rarely seen a flyer outside the dusk to dawn hours, several visitors have reported daylight encounters. The flyers I have seen have all been from reddish brown to gray, and even  practically black in areas. From your description, I suspect it was a flyer, and possibly a northern one. There are only slight differences between the northern and southern flyers. To me the bottle brush type of tail is the definite clue to the identity .  I have included a link to one of my flying squirrel picture pages. These were very recent pictures  and may help you conclude if indeed your mystery squirrel was indeed a flyer. Thanks again for visiting.

http://www.alpha.howpeg.com/backyardwildlife/birdrightpaneflyingsquirrel.htm

 

Comments from a visitor in Clio,  Michigan

July 22, 2008

Subject: flying squirrels
We have been in our house for 20 years and have been feeding squirrels for about 5. Usually I give them about 16 oz. of corn weekly. A couple of weeks ago, I discovered that the whole 16 oz. was being eaten in one night....over night. Weird. So I sat on my sunporch, and sure as heck, I thought bats were flying in to the tree, 9:30 on the dot. But by their profile, and what I could barely see of them, I thought then that they were chipmunks! After several nights, it dawned on me what they were, especially when I searched on the internet. There are at least four or five or more. They are so delightful! I can't believe how much they eat! I need to figure out how to take pictures of them. Anyway, I love love love this website! So there ARE such things as flying squirrels (gliding) and in Clio, Michigan! L. S

Thank you fro visiting and your comments. Great news on making the acquaintance of these night visitors. It is amazing how many report first arrivals at about 9:30 PM at this time of the year. They are indeed delightful to watch. Thanks for confirming their presence in Clio and adding another Michigan dot to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Malone,  New York

July 22, 2008

Subject: Northern Flying Squirrels, etc......
We have northern flying squirrels here in Malone and in Owls Head, New York only a dozen miles from the Canada border. I have photo evidence but would have to search for it. The first time we saw them we were at camp and thought the red squirrels were being particularly greedy as they were eating so late into dusk. Those big eyes were a clue, however, and we learned we were seeing out first flying squirrels. Later that summer we found flying squirrels at our back
porch feeder. This year my husband has had them refuse to leave the interior of the hanging feeder when he wants to refill it. They do love their sunflower seed!

On to the topic of bird predation: Two years ago we had barn swallows set up housekeeping in one of the bluebird boxes. The babies were a day or so from fledging when a bluebird would be user of the house sticked its head in to see how things were going when the swallow parents were out chasing food. By the time the swallows got home the four babies were dead. I saw the event but not what transpired inside the box. I believe that the bluebird pecked the swallow fledglings to
death. It changed my view of bluebirds a bit. This year the same box has its second clutch of bluebirds working now.

Thank you for your flying squirrel report from Northern New York state and, and sounds like  determined ones at that. I have found that in many ways these wild critters seem to feel right at home with we human kind. Good to know the Northern flying squirrels are as keen on sunflower as their southern cousins. Thanks for the insight into the bluebird behavior. Was unaware of the killer instinct in that beautiful species . I have first hand knowledge of the destructive traits of cowbirds and crows in regard to other nestlings and now am educated on just how widespread that trait might be.  Thanks again for visiting and sharing your wildlife experiences.
 

Comments from a visitor in Shreveport,  Louisiana

July 22, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel
In early December 2007 my dad knocked down a tree when he was digging the pond. the tree was dead so my dad put it in the pond for like a place for the fish to hide. There was already a little bit of water that came out of the ground and it was cold so when a rat/ squirrel looking thing swim from the log towards the bank I ran and caught it. I wrapped it up in rags and made a cage for it and put a hollowed log in it for the animal to sleep in. I went to school and found out it was a flying squirrel. when I came home and checked on it and fount three little pink babies. when they where old enough I let them and their mom go except for one that was to much of a pet to make it in the wild. I live in Shreveport, Louisiana. one more dot on the map

Quite a story and a very unusual way get acquainted with the flying squirrel. No doubt you generated a lot of interest with your story at school. Thanks for visiting and sharing your experience and adding another Louisiana dot to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in  Stow Creek Township, Bridgeton, New Jersey

July 21, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel sighting
I live in Stow Creek Township, Bridgeton NJ. I have just discovered a flying squirrel living in one of my bird houses. I actually had to go online to figure out what it was. Christine

Congratulations on identifying your bird house free loader and thank you for your report. Another New Jersey dot will be added to our flying squirrel sighting map. Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Southport, North Carolina

July 20, 2008

I live in Southport, North Carolina USA.
We have just discovered a flying squirrel nesting in one of our bird boxes. We have only seen one, but since seeing him/her we will keep watch for more. My husband was just talking about how he wished we had some in our yard.--Donna F
 

Congratulations on wishes that come true and in a most pleasant form like up close flying squirrels. Hope you discover many more , they are most interesting and fun to watch.  Thanks for visiting and your report from the North Carolina Coastal area. We'll add another North Carolina dot to our flying squirrel sighting map.

 

Comments from a visitor in Raleigh, North Carolina

July 14, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel!
We have a flying squirrel(s?) that visits our clear plexi-glass bird feeder that is mounted on our sunroom door. It appears at 9:30 pm and doesn’t seem to be the least bit intimidated by us (or our housecat). We live in Raleigh, Wake County, NC. Dennis and Dani

9:30 pm seems like the magic time for the these little guys. That is when ours seem to appear as well. Thank you for your report form Raleigh and thank you for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Monmouth Junction, New Jersey

July 8, 2008

Subject: sighting
we have a large family of flying squirrels, about 5-10 that have lived around us for about 10 years now! IN MONMOUTH JUNCTION NEW JERSEY

Thank you for your Flying Squirrel  report from Monmouth Junction and adding another New Jersey dot to our sighting map. 

Comments from a visitor in Valrico, Florida

July 7, 2008

Subject: Southern Flying Squirrel
I have lived in Florida for 40 years and I just had my first spotting of a flying squirrel in Valrico, FL. In fact, I didn’t even know they existed. We were outside grilling last night and I noticed movement on the squirrel feeders. At first, I thought it was bat, then a chip monk. Florida does not have chip monk and I know it was a grey squirrel. And there wasn’t just one, but maybe 5 of them. I had no idea what they were so I went into the internet.
I think this is so cool. None of my friends are believing me so I am going to try and get photos this evening weather permitting.

Congratulations on seeing your first Flying Squirrels  and especially on seeing them in numbers.  It is amazing that the first sighting of these little guys is a shared excitement , and disbelief that most of us have experienced. It was so for us , now 15 years ago and many of our visitors have expressed similar feelings. As common as they are it still it is amazing to me, how so many have never seen them and probably never will, and many are not sure they even exist. Thanks for visiting and sharing your FS story . Another dot will be added to our sighting map for the Sunshine State.  Good luck with the pictures.
 

Comments from a visitor in Spencer, North Carolina

July 6, 2008

Subject: birds
just saying hello from a bird watcher in Spencer NC . I love your site --Billy

And Hello to you.  Thank you for visiting and  your comment - Very much appreciated.

Comments from a visitor in Nashville, Tennessee

July 1, 2008

Subject: Flying squirrels in Nashville, TN -- defeating raccoons
We just discovered our flying squirrels about 5 years ago. We feed many native local birds (woodpeckers of all types, wrens, titmice, nuthatches, cardinals) as well as those passing through in summer (scarlet tanagers, rose breasted grosbeaks) and noticed a critter coming to a hanging tray feeder with peanuts one evening.
We began watching and now each summer we greatly enjoy as many as 15 little flying squirrels glide in and take turns jumping onto the tray.
Raccoons: we also had raccoons arrive last summer and came up with a great method to keep them away. We wrapped the tree trunk with sheets of tin, screwing the two 3x3 ft pieces so that the entire circumference is covered with tin. We put it about 4 feet up from the ground and when the raccoons try to jump to grasp the trunk they just slide down the tin. They circled and examined the tree and finally gave up. This spring we decided to take down the tin, and sure enough a couple of nights ago we had the masked visitors back. One sat in the tray and broke out the bottom screen. So, last night I got out the tin pieces and screwed them back onto the tree; also repaired the screen on the tray. Around 9 pm the raccoon family (3 young ones and the mom) showed up but finally gave up. This method would probably not work if there were other large trees near this one. But, the closest tree is about 10 feet away.
My Mom is 76 years old and she simply delights in watching these tiny flying creatures every evening. The squirrels seem to especially enjoy coming when we have several folks on the patio with a lot of human “chatter”.
We also have a pileated woodpecker who comes to our suet feeders on a regular basis. He is quite shy, however, and will not come if we are outside.
I’ve attached a photo of our backyard; the bird feeders and the peanut tray are just beyond on up the path behind the pond.
Thanks for sharing your photos on the website – I will show my Mom.  Carolyn
 

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Thanks for visiting and sharing your flying squirrel and other wildlife report from Nashville. Sounds like you have quite a colony of the flyers . Thanks also for sharing your method to outsmart the raccoons.    The Pileated Woodpecker is also a treat to observe and like you we have found them to be quite cautious and are usually only  observed from a distance or from an inside window.

Comments from a visitor in South Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

July 1, 2008

Subject: American Robin
Thank you for answering all our questions about the American Robin in your web site. (Very sad about the serpent) Did not watch the video.
We have a nest on our pergola under the roof. We have to guard it constantly because the crows and ravens are after it.
We are in South Vancouver Island in BC Canada and the temperature is very hot right now and the mother is out the nest often.
We are looking forwards to see the babies.
Thank you. Cheers. Loretta.

Thank you for visiting and sending your comments. Glad our Robin Nest pages were of interest to you. Your mention of the harassment by the ravens and crows certainly rings true around here as well. This year two Robin nest starts were destroyed by crows, and a third was ravaged by a hawk. This is the first year we have not had at least one successful robin nest since the 2004 serpent incident you mention. Best of luck to your nest in progress and thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Long Island, New York

June 28, 2008

 NICE SITE


JUNE 28, 2008, LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK, ABOUT 8 DAYS POST-HATCH.

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Thanks for visiting, your comment and sharing your Robin nest pictures from Long Island. My guess for fledge is six July but hope for the fourth. Then they could be the Yankee Doodle or Star Spangled fledglings. Good luck and thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in New York

June 27, 2008

Before I left on a 5 day vacation I noticed what I thought was a cardinal flying in and out of one of my hanging planters on the front porch. I soon discovered that there were some brownish eggs in there and then we left for a five day vacation. We returned at about midnight on the fifth day to fine a robin had been building a nest in the wreath on the front door, She continue this activity for two more days and then we saw the first egg. We have stopped using the front door, although the mail-person is still delivery mail( need to talk to them in the morning). Today we have two eggs and Mama flies away every time we walk anywhere near the door (glass windows).
Back to the cardinals nest, I peek into the planter the day after we were back and saw some feathers but no movement so I figured the cardinals had left. Not true, there's a baby in there that I can not see moving, but no sign of Mom or Dad. Did the Robin scare the cardinals away from taking care of their baby( and what can I possibly do to help if its not all ready too late) and what about the Robin. Hanging on my front door is not the best place for babies to be. I know this is long and this is probably not your intended purpose for this page but I could use some help. . Many Thanks Sandy

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Cardinal and Robin nest happenings. First let me qualify any advice I will give with a disclaimer that I am not an expert on the subject except from my own personal observations of several nesting attempts. With that said, I can with confidence say that if the mother robin is in the process of laying eggs with perhaps a third or fourth to go , then you are in for about a month of non front door use. 12 to 14 days of incubation and up to 15 days before fledging. (The eggs and nest are protected by law)  A bit of  inconvenience but tempered with a great close observation and learning experience opportunity. If by now you have not seen the parent cardinals, and no movement of the only bird in the nest, then perhaps the little one died as in the cardinal nest followed here in 2005. (see Robin's Nest Blog 2005 ) In that one the little bird was attacked by a cowbird and finally expired after appearing to be choking. Another possibility is that the cardinal eggs were replaced by cowbird eggs, and the parent cardinals may have discovered the fraudulent hatchling was not their own. At any rate if no activity on that cardinal nest and confirmation of the death of the chick, I would certainly remove the nest from your planter, then  bury or otherwise dispose of the nest and contents. If  the hatchling is still alive, and the parents never come back, I would not recommend attempting to become the surrogate parent, although others have tried to do this , it becomes a full time activity.  In this case best to contact your New York Department of natural resources for advice, or local bird rehabilitation group.   Best of luck  and thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Calgary, Canada

June 26, 2008

Subject: robin's
Really enjoyed reading about your robin's. We just watched a family of robin's miracle right outside our back door this spring. Last spring they were not successful due to some major renos going on. Now my (I feel they are my own little children) are fledglings and I hope they make it to come back around next year. Do you know if the parents abandon the weakest? It seems the runt is getting no attention from papa and I almost want to dig some worms myself for the little guy. Any suggestions? Enjoy your summer. Angela from Calgary Canada

Thank you for visiting and your comments.  I have not seen any Robin behavior where any of the fledglings were ignored . I certainly have seen the fledges kind of scattered around though during the time that the male parent is working with them after they have left the nest. IE they would be close but not all together . Hopefully the one you describe as the runt, is getting fed and hopefully being taught how to find the worms for itself. Would be a shame to be ignored because you are small and are the weaker.  I would not attempt the feeding of one  as a surrogate parent. I think most experiences of that nature are doomed to failure one way or another. Best of luck and  thanks again for your comments from Calgary.

Comments from a visitor in Prairieville, Louisiana

June 23, 2008

We saw 2 flying squirrels in Prairieville LA

Thanks for visiting and your report from Prairieville. Another dot will be added to our Louisiana flying squirrel location map.

Comments from a visitor in Livingston, Louisiana

June 21, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel
We live in the Town of Livingston, in the Parish of Livingston, Louisiana.
This morning my dogs were sniffing all over the deck post at the end of the deck, and when I sat down to have my coffee I noticed something up by the roof of the deck sitting on the roof support rail. I got up closer and realized it was a little animal.
He was scared and sitting ever so still. When my husband got a glove to try and remove him so the dogs wouldn't get him he ran to the other side of the post and Joe knocked on the board and he flew (actually glided) to the deck, ran across the garden up onto the fence and then flew down to the ground over by a tree and ran up the tree.
What a wonderful sight and surprise for us to have seen. We have bird feeders with sunflower seeds and stuff like that in them and I guess that is why he came into the fenced yard. We thought he was a baby squirrel, but not sure, don't know how big flying squirrels get. Hope you enjoy the pictures I took.

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Thank you for visiting and sharing your first encounter with the Southern Flying Squirrel. I would say from your pictures, the Flyer is  pretty much adult size although it does appear to be a young one. There is just something unique and special about this little rodent, that provides wonder and excitement, especially at the first encounter. It has been 15 years since we first encountered them here and I still  feed them nightly a handful of sunflower hearts, and they usually oblige by taking them from their feeder and allow me to get within just a couple of feet to watch. Best of luck in many more opportunities to watch them . Another Louisiana dot will be added to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Flemington, New Jersey

June 19, 2008

Subject: general comment about web site LOVED IT
WOW what a wonderful place to start, I have a robins nest just outside my living room approximately 10 feet up and wanted to do some research to see what I could expect over the next few weeks and stumbled upon your web site. I loved it....Thank You for all the education and laughs, I look forward to coming back to see how things progress.
Sincerely Kimberlee

Thank you for visiting and your much appreciated comments. Best of luck  for a happy ending to your Robin nest adventure . 
 

Comments from a visitor in Eliot, Maine

June 19, 2008

Subject: My lost robin fledglings story
Last year I moved into a house in Eliot, Maine. In my entry way, up in the portico was an existing nest. I left it there and a few weeks ago this summer, to my delight, a robin used it to lay her eggs. For days my family and I watched all the activity with great joy. We were anxiously waiting for the three little fledglings to take flight which seemed like it would be any day. They would raise up out of the nest and flap their wings.
One night recently I heard a noise and went to investigate. I shined a flashlight out my dining room window to see a raccoon eating one of the baby birds. My stomach dropped! I ran over to turn on my outside front light to see the nest on the ground and no other birds to be seen.
I totally understand the animal "survival of the fittest" bit but I was very upset. Can't get that picture out of my mind. Now the robin has already built another nest in the same spot. I'm trying to figure out how to rig up something to protect them so it won't happen again.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Robin nest story. Although not a happy one , in reality probably 60% of Robin nest starts never make it to fledge. So now in addition to snakes, crows, hawks, all personally witnessed here, will add raccoons to the list of confirmed robin nest predators. There are lots of them, including cats, gray squirrels, and chipmunks . Even the flying squirrels are reputed to be nest enemies. Still they prevail as evidenced by the increasing numbers of Robins, at least around here. Perhaps so also in Maine.  Hope you are successful in predator proofing the nest area. Best of luck.
 

Comments from a visitor in location unknown

June 18, 2008

Subject: Thank you!
Thank you for your sensitive and beautifully written comments. My kids and I have a Robins less than 2 yards outside our window. We've been rooting for them through the glass since we spotted the nest 2 or 3 weeks ago, when we say a beautiful blue in the nest. Can't tell how many babies now, maybe one or two. Judging by your videos, they are perhaps 7 days old. The two busy, fussy parents seem to be a highly collaborative team. We learned a lot from reading your blog and now have all fingers crossed for a successful transition to independence!
 

Thank you very much for visiting and your comments. Sounds like a real learning opportunity to be able to watch the whole thing unfold right outside your window. Hope it is a happy fledging time probably within the next seven days or so. Good Luck

Comments from a visitor in location unknown

June 12, 2008

Subject: robin videos
Great site! We have a robin caring for her 4 eggs up in our gazebo right now. Since it is too high up for our young children to look down into the nest, your videos are just what we needed! Thank you!

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Hope your Robin clutch is successful and in a few days your children will get to see the nestlings become fledglings. It seems to me that Robin nest being the most accessible and plentiful provide excellent teaching material about life and the wonders of it for our children. Good luck - probably a gazebo is a good place for a nest as it may be more predator free.

 

Comments from a visitor in Sugar Grove, North Carolina

June 11, 2008

Subject: Robins
Hi I found your site while searching for info on Robin Fledglings. I have been watching two near our house for a few weeks now and have taken a couple pictures but don't do this often as it upsets the watchful parents nearby. Well yesterday I was going to take one last picture before they leave the nest which I assumed would be soon. ( I haven't paid attention to how many days its been since they hatched). Well needless to say I spooked them and they flew from the nest. I had it seems like 4 or 5 birds (robins) flying around very upset with me! Usually its only mama and dad so I was surprised to see the other birds joined in. Anyway the two that flew out of the nest ended up in different areas in the woods. I could still hear one late last night after dark after every other bird had quieted. I feel so bad and feel responsible if any harm has come to them. Today I see the parents in the trees, one had a worm, do you think they know where the babies are and are feeding them? They flew quite well for their first time. Do they stay on the ground or will they fly up into the trees? Also I would like to add that I was surprised by a flying squirrel on our porch late one night I turned on the light opened the door and walked out to find it staring up at me. Gave me quite a scare as I had never seen one until then. Thank you for the wonderful pictures and videos on your site I have learned a lot and thank you for your time, Susan. Sugar Grove, NC. I will attach a couple of the pictures I have taken.
 

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Thank you for visiting and sharing your Robin nest story. Congratulations on seeing your first Flying Squirrel as well. I believe for the most part that if fledglings fly from the nest even on being spooked that they were probably very close to the time they would have departed anyway. From the close up picture, they certainly appear to be so. They will most likely make it to some lower branches and perch there through the night. The parents will find them and my guess is you will see them again following one of the parents around on the ground being fed and taught how to feed themselves. Hope so anyway. Thank you for your comments and good luck. I will add another dot for Sugar Grove on our flying squirrel sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Otis Orchards, Washington

June 10, 2008

Subject: Sparrow Update :-)
Hi again from Otis Orchards WA!!
Just wanted to update you on the Song Sparrow nest – all four eggs have hatched and not a cowbird in sight!! (Photo attached)
I also have a question for you. Remember I sent you pictures of the Robin’s nest I had with the four babies? Well, the last baby left the nest on May 31 – I got a picture right before he flew away! (Photo attached) Well, I noticed a Robin sitting on the same nest today – just 10 days after the last baby left! There are again eggs in the nest! Is it possible that these are the same birds – does this happen often? This particular nest has been used for three years in a row now, but for there to be eggs so soon after the last ones hasn’t happened before. Any insights would be welcomed

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Thank you for your update on the Robins and the song sparrows. Sounds like a very busy and so far successful nesting season for you. Hope the good luck continues. Most Robin documents I have read indicate that the Robin parents, can have up to three broods a year. I have also read that the female may start a new nest very soon after a  fledging has occurred and even while the male parent may still be feeding the fledglings for up to two weeks. While I have never witnessed any renesting  activity on any of the nest I have followed, it certainly sounds like that may well be the case with your robin nest redux
 

Comments from a visitor in Davie, Florida

June 4, 2008

In response to October 25, 2007 Comments from a visitor in Julington Creek Plantation , St. Johns, Florida
“Flying Squirrels in my woodpecker box. I live in St. Johns, Florida and have enjoyed flying squirrels in my back yard for the past two years. We currently have them living in our woodpecker box.”

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I don’t want to burst your bubble, but the little heads sticking out of the woodpecker box in the picture are roof rats, Rattus rattus.
Dr. William H. Kern, Jr.
Associate Professor
Entomology & Nematology
Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center

Thank you Dr. Kern for your input. I  assume that  our visitors in Julington creek Plantation, would have made that realization as the roof rats you describe look very much like all the rats this novice has ever seen, IE the long rat tail, where as the flying squirrel has a tail I would describe as a bottle brush type. No doubt if the complete animal were observed there could be no confusion especially since the visitors indicated they have enjoyed flying squirrels in their yard for over two years.  At any rate I have included here a roof rat picture and a flying squirrel picture I snapped last night for our visitors to compare.  The Roof rat picture is linked from the AAA Insect Pest Control site. Thanks again for your visit and comments.

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Roof Rat

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Southern Flying Squirrel

 

Comments from a visitor in location unknown

June 4, 2008

I found your site while searching to learn about this. I discovered a nest on ledge above front door of my house with a large picture window, and made a decision to leave it there to "learn" and to show my 3 yr old granddaughter the process. I have to crawl up a ladder inside to see into the nest - and did so 2 days ago - found 3 blue eggs. Mother is now sitting on nest almost constantly. How awesome! I originally was disgusted when I first saw the nest being built and went into the house to get a broom to remove it. Suddenly, I thought, why? Everyday now, I watch with wonder and awe. Your site has made this event so much more meaningful. Thank You so much!  Joyce. g
 

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Depending on how long the eggs have been laid you could have the learning lesson for up to 25 to 27 more days. Incubation is about 12 to 14 days and fledging is another 15. So good luck with your Robin clutch classroom and good luck to them. Sounds like a place that will be safe from most predators.

Comments from a visitor in Inverness, Alabama

June 4, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel sighting
Saw a flying squirrel in Inverness, Alabama for the first time the evening of 6/3/08. The dogs were barking and we went outside to check what they might be barking at. It was a flying squirrel hanging almost upside down eating suet from our feeder! It did not seem bothered by our presence, but continued to feed on the suet for several minutes while we stood only feet away. Unfortunately it left before we could get the camera to take a picture. Carol W

Thank you for your report from Inverness and congratulations on seeing your first little flyer. Where there is one there are sure to be more, so hopefully you will see them again. Thanks for visiting and adding another Alabama dot to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Springfield, Ohio

June 3, 2008

I was looking at your web page and I wanted to let you know that we have about six flying squirrels in a big walnut tree in our front yard. We have lived at our house for about 8 years and this is the first time we have ever seen them. It was amazing.  These are our little friends that we found in our big walnut tree in our front yard Rachael L.

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Thank you for your report from Springfield and congratulations on seeing them for the first time. They are indeed fascinating to watch and pretty much the friendliest of the wild animals I have encountered. Hope you can enjoy them for a long time. Thanks for visiting and the pictures. Also another dot will be added to our sighting map for flying squirrels.

Comments from a visitor in Otis Orchards, Washington

May 30, 2008

Subject: Birds Nests
Greetings from Otis Orchards Washington!
I found your site while researching birds. For the last 3 years, I have had families of Robins nesting on an archway just feet from our front door – using the same nest each year! I also have some small bushes right beneath that archway, and to my delight I found a tiny nest in one of them. I took photos of the nest and parent bird, and searched online to try to find out what kind of bird it is. From viewing photos on your site, I think the tiny nest is that of a song sparrow. I have truly enjoyed your website, and I have attached photos of my nests for you to see. Thank you again! Trish N, Otis Orchards, Washington
 

Thank you for visiting and your report on your Robin nest and the song sparrow nest. I agree that is certainly what the little guy appears to be. Hope your sparrow nest has a better outcome than the two I have tried to follow. Thanks for the pictures. Thanks also for your comments.

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Comments from a visitor in Virginia Beach, Virginia

May 22, 2008

Subject: Just wanted to share!
I live in Virginia Beach, VA and work at an elementary school as a teacher in Norfolk, VA. I have a classroom that is in a trailer outdoors. There is a covered boardwalk between the outdoor trailers with emergency lighting. After trying to build it's nest on my classroom door, a robin finally decided to build it's nest on top of the light. My first graders and I watched in awe through the entire life cycle of the robins. We used a mirror to look in the nest and watch the changes that were happening. I also took some photos of the birds as they changed. It was so exciting when the bird finally fledged on Tuesday.
Unfortunately, today, my students and I also got a glimpse of how cruel nature can be. We were outside at recess when a large black crow flew overhead. It was being attacked by four other birds, and it landed behind the trailers out of my vision. My heart sunk as soon as I saw it. I ran to where the crow was in an attempt to save the robin fledgling, but the crow hand already done his damage. The robin died in my hands. My students and I were heart-broken. I buried the robin next to our trailer and made a grave marker for it.
We are hoping that the other three are still out there. I haven't seen any since Tuesday, but I have seen a pair of robins out in the front of the school building. I am hoping that it is the mother and father still caring for a fledgling.
Anyway, I wanted to share my story with you, and thank you for your wonderful site. It is very informative and interesting. Thank you for sharing your wonderful videos! Carrie :)

Thank you for visiting and sharing your story. I had witnessed the destruction of  nestlings and un-hatched eggs  by a crow but did not realize they would also go after fledglings. The nature world is both glorious and horrendous but always a good teacher about life  to the children. Best of luck to you , your students and to the remaining fledglings. Thanks again

 

Comments from a visitor - Location unknown

May 22, 2008

Subject: Robin Question
I just read your entire 2006 Robin blog and found it very insightful. Thanks!
The reason I found it is because I have a small tree in my front yard that is slated to come out in a few days. But, yesterday I noticed a couple baby robins in a nest. I looked online to find photos so I can find out how old they are and estimate when they will leave the nest. Comparing them to your pictures and other pictures I've seen on the web, these little guys look like they will fly today or tomorrow. My question is, after they leave the nest, do they need to come back? Once they're gone can I take the tree down? Thanks for your help!-graham

Thanks for visiting and your comments. Normally when fledging occurs and the full term nestlings leave the nest,  the nest function is over and they will not return.  Rather they will begin the process of being taught how to find food on their own, under the supervision of the male parent. While I have seen in the fledging process a few hatchlings take a step or two out of the nest and then return to the safety of the familiar, once they actually flutter out and fly even a short distance, they will not return. So if the nest is empty and no chicks around, then I would say no problem with the tree removal. Good luck and thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor - Location unknown

May 21, 2008

In your commentary, you indicated that you were not watching the video or you would have interceded. How is that you have a full length picture of the snake from head to tail prior to its arrival at the nest?
We have been monitoring a robin nesting in our front doorway on a wreath. She it seems has picked a much safer spot than the robin you were able to monitor.
 

Thank you for visiting and good luck with your doorway robin nest. Timing is everything and while in 2004 the snake found the nest on the day of the hatching and the results are documented in that Eden Lost video, that same Holly has been home to at least two successful nesting ventures in 2005 and 2006 with the snake being no player at all. As for the shot of the snake prior to the nest invasion I reprint the following answer to that question first asked in 2006.

We have lived in this wooded location near a fairly large creek for the last 25 years and have seen many of these Black snakes on occasion  in our yard. Over the years I have video taped them many times. The segment of the video showing the Black Snake in a tree prior to the nest attack, was in fact taped about 10 years prior by me and in our side yard. I included it in the video to give a sense of the size of these snakes,  their tree climbing ability,  and to prepare the viewer on what was about to happen. (Perhaps a bit of Poetic or in this case video license). I never even saw the actual marauding snake, until I reviewed the video which was taping the nest as per usual. Had I been monitoring the taping and had a chance to intervene, I would have done so without even thinking , that I should just let nature take it's course. But as Nature would have it, I was not available for such interference with the divine scheme. Most of the Black Snakes I have seen here have all been about that size, roughly 5 to 7 feet. Not sure of your location, but the Black Snake, sometimes identified as the Black Rat Snake is common throughout The Eastern United States and as far west as Minnesota and South into Texas.. The exact location of the 2004 nest that was devoured by the snake was in the Holly as shown on the 2004 page. A cardinal nest located in the same Holly  also became a disaster, in 2005, but not because of a snake this time. See Robin's Nest Blog 2005. Because of the 2004 and 2005 nest disasters, I had begun to refer to that Shrubbery as the Holly of Ill Repute. Luckily this year the Robin Nest in the tree redeemed the curse as can be seen at 2006 Wildlife Diary.

Thanks Again for Visiting


Comments from a visitor in Logan, Utah

May 20, 2008

Hi,
LOVE your stuff! We are homeschoolers who have just discovered a Robin's nest with 4 eggs in a tree just outside and below our window. I would love to learn how to film it and others. It seemed that you fed it to a tv to watch it even as it unfolded. I would appreciate any direction or leads. And thanks again for sharing! We are going to plant some more trees!    S.J.              Logan, UT

Thank you for visiting and your comments. The remote cameras I use are from X10 and you can find their website by just searching for X10 wireless cameras on any search engine such as Google or Yahoo or MSN . The cameras are relatively inexpensive and together with their  Audio Video receiver you can plug into a TV or DVD recorder to watch and record the action . also suggest you visit my   How I Do it  page.  Thanks again for visiting and good luck with your robin nest.
 

Comments from a visitor in Oakland, California

May 19, 2008

Subject: question about robins
We're in Oakland, ca....loved reading your robin diary while we watched a robin's nest outside the kitchen window....we saw everything from four eggs
to four hatchings to day twelve (of the first one)...then one afternoon when we weren't watching, everyone disappeared (mom, dad, all four chicks)...there were no signs of any untoward activity or struggles, just an empty nest....our question: was this a normal, natural departure?...I guess we had assumed they would leave with dad over a period of a few days, the oldest first. thanks again for the diary.

First , thank you very much for visiting and your comments. I would like to give you better news than I am about to give, but of course this by no means is written in stone.  In response to your question on the normalcy of  12 day or less fledge, I researched all of my previous nest observations and found the following. 2003 took 15 days to fledge and even then were startled out of the nest by the falling tree  limbs. The 2004 nest ended tragically long before fledging time so no data. Two Robin nest in 2005 with fledge times of 16 days and 15 days. Two nest in 2006 fledge time of 12 days (hooray) and 15 days and then in 2007 a normal fledge of 14 days. This year in the 2008 journal, one nest ends on the day of the hatching and another at first thought was a good fledge  on the 11th day. This one was similar to what you describe in that something happened when the camera was not recording. I later decided that a hawk invaded the nest on that day. Given my experience, I would doubt that with the oldest being only 12 days and the others certainly no older than 12 days, then I speculate something happened unexpectedly. Now maybe they were attacked by a predator or maybe something spooked them all out of the nest and they scattered. If they did fledge and I hope they did, then they will be around nearby in the next few days and you will spot them being fed by the male parent , initially perched on a limb and later hopping along behind him on the ground . If you don't spot them then my guess is for a traumatic event of some kind. Thanks again for visiting and good luck with the final outcome.

Comments from a visitor in Northern Indiana

May 18, 2008

 loved the robin diary as we have a robin’s nest in our tree that we can see thru the window so I will read the diary to the grandchn.  Are there any other diaries with words telling about the life of the cardinal , finch, etc, the nest style, and where they like to nest.  We live by Lake Michigan in Indiana.  Thank you for this site.  It is fascinating. BG

Thank you for visiting and your comments. While I have attempted to monitor any nesting activity close enough to get a camera on, and have pages for every year since 2003, that one A Robin's Diary is  the only Diary narrative from a Robin hatchlings point of view ,that I have attempted. The 2004 Robin's Nest  story is perhaps more educational but does not have a happy ending. The Robin's Nest Blog 2005 follows two complete Robin nest and both ended quite happily. A Northern Cardinal nest story did not end as well. The Robin's Nest Blog 2006  follows a successful fledging nest as does the 2007 Wildlife Journal. The other story from 2006 did not end so well  Song Sparrow Nest Blog 2006. Finally the 2008 Journal  has followed two Robin nest which also did not have a  happy ending. Thanks again for visiting and best of luck to your own Robin nest story.

Comments from a visitor in Chicago,  Illinois

May 16, 2008

Subject: Thank you
I just wanted to thank you for video taping the robins. I'm a stay at home Mom in the western suburbs of Chicago. Today, my 4 year old son and I watched a fledging robin and it's Mom in our bushes outside the picture window in our dining room.
It was great to find your site and get more of a handle on what we were watching. Talk about sweet, the little bird took a 2 hour nap.... so sweet.
Your narrative was so delightful to read.... thanks for sharing these videos. Sincerely, Kris G
 

Thank you for your comments and visiting our web pages. The Robin nesting and raising of their young cycle can be a great learning tool for all of us and especially our children ,  about the life we all share on this amazing planet. These birds are for the most part perfect examples of what parenting is all about. And the whole cycle  is all done in a period of a month or so. In all likelihood the parent robin feeding a fledgling out of the nest is most likely the male. At least that is what I have read in several places. The Male usually is the after fledge feeder and teacher while the female may well start another nest. At any rate glad that your 4 year old son can see them so closely. Best of luck and thanks again for your visit.

Comments from a visitor in Mahopac,  New York

May 12, 2008

Just saw my first flying squirrel this afternoon. He/she has taken residence in one of my bird boxes. That's how I came across your web site - I was looking for more info about him. Can you point me to where you obtain your video cameras? I am using a large wireless WEB camera (D-Link) right now for streaming video, but I am looking for something smaller with audio. Thanks Mark

Thanks for visiting and congratulations on spotting your first flying squirrel and adding another sighting dot to our flying squirrel location map. I think the best way to answer your question is to suggest that you visit my  How I Do it  page. I simply use the X10 remote cameras which capture both video and sound if you have also the X10  audio/ video receiver. Now these are not HD cameras by any means but for the purpose I have used them for, they are more than adequate. They also are fairly easy to set up and use. If you are interested just type in X10 video into a search engine and it should not be difficult to find. Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Indianapolis, Indiana

May 11, 2008

Subject: Just wanted to say thank you!
I recently stumbled across your webpage and I have enjoyed your site so much! My family moved from downtown to the suburbs of Indianapolis this past winter. This has been my first Spring with trees and bushes and all the wonderful things that come with them. We have had two nests of baby robins so far. My kids have enjoyed watching the entire process and you have inspired me to document this second nest ("our babies" just hatched Friday). For Mother's Day, we are going out and buying some things to make a little bird paradise in our yard (bird bath, feeder, etc). I just wanted to share my excitement with you all, since it was your site that got me going! Thank you again!  MB

Thank you for visiting and your very gratifying comments. A wonderful world of  close up nature observances has opened up for you and your children, it seems, with your recent  move. With the Mother's day nature acquisitions ,you plan,  you will have much delight in store, observing and noting the vast variety of wildlife they will attract. Thank you very much for visiting and best of luck with all your projects.
 

Comments from a visitor in Memphis, Tennessee

May 6, 2008

Subject: FS spotted in my back yard
Thank you for your wonderful website. We were cutting a dead limb today from a big silver maple (I believe the tree has had carpenter ants in it.) The ladder was near a crotch in the tree and this creature ran out and around the tree trunk, where it appeared to "hug" the tree. My son, on the ladder, recognized it as a flying squirrel. Neither of us had ever seen one in our yard. I tried to photograph it, and have one poor shot, but it will be enough to identify it.
We have a huge( red) oak tree in the corner of our yard, and couple of water oaks, and many very tall pine trees on a half acre in suburbia.
Yesterday, I was surprised to see a peregrine falcon glide into my back yard right over the wooden fence. Now I am concerned it was hunting the flying squirrel we didn't know was there. I had never seen a peregrine falcon in my yard either! Such times!
We live in the Memphis, TN vicinity, in the 38002 zip code.
Two pictures attached. Best wishes,  B. S. M.

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Thank you for visiting and your report from the Memphis area. Thanks also for including the pictures and confirming your FS discovery  . Sounds like a bonanza of wildlife discoveries for you  and I hope the falcon did not get the little guy.  Best of luck
 

Comments from a visitor in Location not specified

May 2, 2008

I wanted to thank you for blogging the life of the Robins (and other birds) in your backyard. In the last 2 days I have found 2 partial robin's eggshells and was worried there was a problem with the birds that have taken up in the trees around my yard. My search for answers brought me to your page, where one of the video's clearly showed a parent robin neatly removing the eggshells after hatching. I was so relieved! Thanks again

And Thank you for visiting and your comments. Best of luck with your hatchlings .
 

Comments from a visitor in Location not specified

April 29, 2008

Good Morning
I enjoyed your video of the incubation period for the robin. I was looking online for information regarding the robin's nesting time as I have a sweet little robin right outside my backdoor and I'm trying not to use it for that period. I realize that she won't be happy with me once the eggs hatch so that will be a trying time for both of us!
Thank you for your informative site.   Elizabeth

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Sounds like you will not be using your back door for at least two weeks and up to four depending on how long those eggs have been laid. At any rate you should have a front row seat to a most wonderful nature story. Hope so anyway. Best of  luck and thanks again.

 

Comments from a visitor in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

April 27, 2008

Subject: house sparrows feeding juvenile robins (Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom Hi there
Hi there --what a lovely web site you have
I found it by pure accident when investigating whether or not I was right in thinking that I saw grown up house sparrows feeding juvenile robins at my bird feeding station. The little robins were picking on seeds in the ground feeder, but stopped from time to time to beg the sparrows to feed them 'baby style'. And the sparrows happily complied! I wish I had a camera handy!
Anyway, thanks for the fantastic site and please keep up the good work.
Greetings from England,   Barbara

Thank you for visiting and your much appreciated comments. I have seen similar cross species feeding especially under the bird feeders although not with young  robins . I believe  the American Robin differs in size and appearance from your English Robins. The American Robin is actually a member of the Thrush family and as such is related more to the Mockingbird and Blackbird than to the English Robin. Your Robin Redbreast are smaller and perhaps not very much different in size from the sparrows that were feeding them.  If you snap a picture of your robins and send it to us , We would be happy to post it here .Thanks again for visiting.
 

Comments from a visitor in San Clemente, California

April 24, 2008

I was so thrilled to finally see that you’ve located a robin’s nest. I was beginning to worry that we were going to miss a year! How interesting to see the robin just sit and watch while you adjust the camera so we can get a better view of the nest. Maybe this robin is a previous resident of your yard and is a “seasoned” actor for the camera! I’ll look forward to watching the robin’s family progress. By the way, just out of curiosity….what is an adult robin’s lifespan? I read something recently that it was just a year and a half or so and that seemed surprising

Thank you for your comments and your interest in our wildlife stories. It was indeed great to find the nest with the four eggs just two days ago. I am afraid a lot can happen in a very short time and unfortunately this year's Robin nest adventure will be a very short one. Once again the reality of nature with all of its glory and beauty can sometimes be mitigated by the stark cold facts of survival . Most articles report that the longest known life span of a robin is about 14 years. For most the lifespan is more like 2 years.  The survival rate of any new hatchling is only 25 to 40 % and this years unfortunate experience is proof once again as to why that is so. Thanks again for visiting . The short Robin adventure can be seen on the April page of the

 2008 Journal

 

Comments from a visitor in Sioux City, Iowa

April 23, 2008

Our garden club continues to go well, only two meeting left until school is out. We are planning for each child to plant in a dish garden at our next meeting and during our last meeting we will be planting flowers outside around their school. Our friend has been watching a pair of nesting eagle the past few years. These are photos he took last night. I know you will enjoy seeing them. Additional photos are on his website Our garden club continues to go well, only two meeting left until school is out.  We are planning for each child to plant in a dish garden at our next meeting and during our last meeting we will be planting flowers outside around their school.  Our friend has been watching a pair of nesting eagle the past few years.  These are photos he took last night.  I know you will enjoy seeing them.  Additional photos are on his website  Eagles Nest 2008 - Updated April 20 2008

Thank you for keeping us in the loop on your garden club progress. Thanks again for using some of our pictures in your program. The Eagle nest pictures are outstanding and I have included the link above for our visitors to enjoy. I did not include the pictures you sent in your Email as I did not want to abuse his copyrights. I do recommend to our visitors however to check it to watch these young Eagles grow. Also I did not include your website address since you also have other categories represented there and I did not want to assume it was OK. I would be happy to however if you OK it. Thanks again for the good work you and your garden club members do for the children.

 

Comments from a visitor in Seattle, Washington

April 18, 2008

Thank you for your robin site! The information about the bird has been very helpful. Our robin returned this year to the same spot in a pine tree outside our kitchen window. My husband has Alzheimer's and so enjoys watching Mama bird. We have to whisper while we are near the sink so we will not frighten her!
Last year we had three babies but the second set of eggs and the nest was torn up by a robin (mama?).
We live north of Seattle, Washington and our daily temperature this year has been hovering in the high 40's. She just started sitting on the nest yesterday. Excitement! Thank you again!
 

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Sounds like you have another front row seat to the miracle once again and congratulations on having it underway. We have not yet discovered a nest anywhere on the premises but we continue to watch and wait. If somehow we fail to find one it will be the first time since 2003 that we have not had an opportunity to chronicle the daily events of the nesting birds. Best of luck to you and your Robin family

Comments from a visitor in San Clemente, California

April 15, 2008

Hello again from one of your loyal website visitors. I think this is my 4th year of watching your website. I look forward each year to the robin nesting season and check in on a regular basis each spring. I wanted to let you know that I am enjoying your new format for your 2008 Journal…love the pictures and all the updates on the backyard activities. I know that you’ve had an extra long winter this year so I’m sure you also are looking forward to the better weather. I’ll cross my fingers that a robin or cardinal pair will choose a site real soon. Take care and thank you again for your dedication to your website for our enjoyment! Dianne S. from San Clemente, CA

Thank you so much for your continued interest in our web pages and also for your personal and much appreciated note regarding Peggy's health status. It is somewhat puzzling to me that while there are plenty of  candidates in the Robin, Cardinal and also the  many other avian representatives frequenting the grounds , I have yet to date not  discovered a nest in the making. In the previous years, I had already started nest observations  by this time in April. At any rate I am still waiting for the next opportunity to perhaps chronicle another nature adventure. Last years Robin nest story  was bittersweet especially in May when Peggy's illness  resulted in a weeks nightmarish stay in the hospital. While at the time the outcome was very much in doubt, Devine Providence smiled favorably  on us and to date no relapses have occurred.  Now Spring is at last here, to stay for a while I think,  and I will continue to update the 2008 Journal  and hope for only pleasant surprises. Thanks again
 

Comments from a visitor in Sparta, New Jersey

April 12, 2008

I thought a chipmunk was nesting in by Bluebird box, but upon further inspection it was a flying squirrel with 2 babies. I live in Sparta, NJ and have lived in northern New Jersey all my life. This is the first time I have seen flying squirrels. I did not realize they were so tiny. Hopefully they will get use to my husband & I being in the yard and stick around... Diane D.

Congratulations on your Flying Squirrel discovery and especially on the baby find. You are the second visitor reporting the Flyers in Sparta. Refer to the June 26, 2007 entry on this page.  Anthony reported seeing one near the Lake Mohawk golf course. Perhaps your flyers in your Bluebird box are in that general area. Would not have to be though as Flying Squirrels are very much more abundant than most folks realize. Thanks very much for your report and visiting our web pages.
 

Comments from a visitor in Illinois

April 5, 2008

Hi,
I have a curious question regarding a Robin. For the past 2 weeks a Robin has been pecking at our windows.
We first saw it sitting on the rear view mirror of my Jeep. We watched as it pecked at the window on the drivers side. It would peck and fall to the ground, get up and peck again. I had to clean the window of peck marks which covered the entire window.
Later it began pecking at the back window of the house.
One day it pecked at windows all around the house continually for about an hour and a half. In the morning when my daughter or I use the office, it comes to the window and pecks again. This is becoming a concern and also starting to scratch the windows. Have you ever heard of this happening? Do you have any ideas or suggestions that might be of help? We are not sure who to ask. Thank You

Thank you for visiting. This is a common trait for many birds, especially  in the mating season. The birds are attacking their own reflection in an attempt to protect their territory. Sounds like your Robin is  fast becoming a nuisance.  Some web sites offer some suggestions on how to remedy this problem Links below.

http://www.uksafari.com/birds2.htm

 http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/watchingbirds/behaviour/birds_and_windows/attacking.asp
http://www.rspb.org.uk/advice/watchingbirds/behaviour/birds_and_windows/attacking.asp

Comments from a visitor in Lindale, Texas

April 1, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting in East Texas
We live in a densely wooded area of East Texas (west of Tyler). Today we discovered a mother flying squirrel and her babies nesting in one of our bluebird boxes. I was delighted to find your website so that we can learn more about these little fascinating critters.
Judy & Milton K Lindale, TX

 Thank you for sharing your bluebird box discovery. If it is your first experience with and sighting of  the Flyers, then congratulations are in order. Especially with a chance to observe the little ones too. Another Texas dot will be added to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Pennsylvania

March 27, 2008

Dear How and Peg,
I really just love your nature videos. I wish I had time to do this. Where does one get a "critter cam?' I am absolutely obsessed with birds so I really enjoy
your bird videos, exc. the one with the snake. I couldn't watch that one.   Keep up the videos! Maybe one day when I have some time on my hands I could do something like this. God Bless! Sue T 

Thank you for visiting and your much appreciated comments regarding our nature videos. Something is always going on in nature and with luck right outside you door. In answer to your critter cam question, I use the relatively inexpensive X10 cameras for remote nest shots. They are versatile with color, sound and are weather proof. They also transmit the signals for the picture and sound to a receiver inside connected to any recording device or TV. Additionally I simply use digital video and digital cameras which I try to keep always handy  for when some unexpected opportunity presents itself. I have a page which describes pretty much how I put the videos together which may be of interest to you. Thanks again for Visiting.

How I Do it

Comments from a visitor in Rochester, New Hampshire

March 23, 2008

HI I live in Rochester NH and I saw a flying squirrel for the first time about a month ago. it kinda freaked me out because I have sugar gliders and I thought that someone elses escaped it looked just like them this one was grey I think it was a southern flying squirrel since then i have seen red ones. northerns? thanks Jim m.
 

Congratulations on seeing your first wild Flyer and thank you for sharing your find with our visitors. I would guess that most of the Flyers in your area would be the Northern, but glad to here the Southern is also resident in NH. I will add another New Hampshire dot to our sighting map. Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in New Iberia, Louisiana

March 21, 2008

A couple of weeks ago, my son came running into the house yelling that our cat was chasing a chipmunk and it went up the tree. I told him that there were no chipmunks around here and that it must have been a mouse. He said it was too big to be a mouse. I told him that it must have been a rat. I assumed he was a little confused about it going up the tree, but we all went out and shook the tree. We didn't find anything.
This morning, I took the dog out to potty and under my patio was a flying squirrel. So, we do not have a mouse, a rat, or a chipmunk! We have a flying squirrel. Maybe, it comes under the patio to eat the cat food. Anyway, I'm glad to know she is around! Kim R. New Iberia, LA

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Thanks for visiting and your report from New Iberia.  Must be a good location for Flying Squirrels . A previous report of a similar nature, from New Iberia is also  included on this page. The date of the entry was January 23, 2007. Hope your visitor stays around  and out of danger. Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in Collingwood, New Jersey

March 20, 2008

Subject: flying squirrel in Collingwood NJ
I saw a flying squirrel fly across the street from the top of a fire station to a tree across the street in Collingswood NJ. Is this common to see in such an area and in such a heavily populated area?

Thank you for your report from Collingwood and congratulations on your discovery. It is actually much more common to see flyers in metropolitan areas, that most folks would imagine. If there are trees in some numbers in an area pretty much any where west of the Mississippi River, you can find flying squirrels as evidenced by the reports from hundreds of visitors to our pages reporting their sightings.  Most remain undetected because they are nocturnal and usually stick very close to the trees making them for the most part  unperceived by the masses. Check out the Flying Squirrel Sighting Report  Location Index page. Go to the New Jersey section  to see the locations of other New Jersey reports from your neighbors in the state. Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Gainesville, Georgia

March 18, 2008

Hi, I have been watching a pair of flying squirrels in the oak tree right outside my back door for about a month. It is a very large water oak and it looks over my backyard. I always see them when I let the dogs in and out that door at night. There are at least two in the tree. I was wondering if there is anything I can put out to feed them? The drought was pretty bad here last year and there isn't a whole lot around for them to eat. I think they are fantastic little guys and really hope they stick around. -Rebecca T.
 

Thank you for your report from Gainesville.  Another Georgia dot will be added to our sighting map. I can certainly verify that they have been very fond of Sunflower hearts. We have fed them hearts for 15 years and they have always returned. Give it a try with perhaps a small platform feeder on the trunk of the Oak  about 5 ft or so off the ground.  Hope it works for you and they stay around for you.

Comments from a visitor in Logansport, Indiana

March 13, 2008

Hi, I'm Martin  from Logansport, Indiana. Actually I'm located between Logansport and Lake Ciccott, anyway we were cutting down a large maple tree in our back yard when we noticed a family of five Flying Squirrels come out of a hollowed section of the tree.
Two of the Squirrels glided to a black walnut tree and the other three took refuge in the smaller branches, we called the local DNR and all they said was "Their Protected" .. Gee like we didn't know that.
What can we do to keep these Squirrels here, is there a squirrel house we can build ?? any help would be welcome.
 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Flying Squirrel discovery.  My advice to try to keep them around is to perhaps put up a feeder tray on one of the trees in your backyard and try putting sunflower hearts or some other type of feed. Perhaps a squirrel house might work to keep them around. Many of our visitors have reported finding them camped out in bird houses and there are some web sites that discuss how to build a flyer house.

The below site has plans and much information on how to attract them.  Best of Luck and thanks again for visiting.

http://www.wap.atfreeweb.com/flyingsquirrels/flsq-house1.html

 

Comments from a visitor location not specified

March 13, 2008

I have been a fan of your site for the past couple of years. I just thought this may interest you (if you haven’t seen it already).
Here is a link to a sight that tracks hummingbird migration. You can check it to know when to start putting out your feeders, and also report your first hummingbird sightings. .  http://www.hummingbirds.net/map.html
I am looking forward to your website this spring and summer. Maybe this year you will have a successful Cardinal nest. That would be very exciting!

Thank you for visiting and sharing the Hummer page link . Thank you also for your continuing interest in our wildlife pages and in what has been an annual nest following journal. If I could find a Cardinal nest to follow or some other unique and heretofore chronicled bird type , I surely would be tempted to have a  go at it. I never know if and or when an opportunity will present itself.  This year I have started a 2008 journal with a slightly different format. Hopefully this will be a page for each month and if a nest following attempt is made it will be chronicled on the appropriate  month.

Link to the 2008 HowPeg   January Journal

 

Comments from a visitor in Magnolia, Texas

March 9, 2008

Subject: Southern Flying Squirrel in Magnolia Texas
Date seen March 8th 2008 about 6pm, rather early for these little critters. Glided about 30 feet from my ole oak tree to the tree in picture (Elm).
Magnolia Texas is about 40 miles North by North West of Houston Texas. In my 43 years I have never seen one in nature until yesterday.

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Thanks for visiting and sharing your first and close encounter with a wild Flying Squirrel. Seems like sightings in Texas are on the increase lately  and you are the second visitor who has spotted them in Magnolia.

Comments from a visitor in Yantis, Texas

March 1, 2008

Just went to clean out a bluebird house and got scared when it flew out at me, I have decided it can keep the house as long as it wants !!
bj

Thanks for your report from Yantis.  Sounds like your discovery was an exciting one for sure. Another Texas dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Texarkana, Arkansas

February 20, 2008

Subject: southern flying squirrel
On February 18, 2008 observed a southern flying squirrel, Saw something white go around the tree as I was feeding the cats late. On February 20, 2008 we saw two of the them. I am located in Texarkana, Arkansas.
 

Thank you for your report from Texarkana and adding another Arkansas  dot to our Flying Squirrel sighting map.

 

Comments from a visitor in Kilmichael, Mississippi

February 19, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting in Kilmichael MS

Late at night on February 18, 2008 I caught a flying squirrel that got into our home through our attic. The cat was trying to catch it, however it was able to loose the cat. It took a while to find a way to catch our friend. After several trips from the 1st floor to 2nd and vice verse. It jumping from the top of the curtains and flying over my head and disappearing. I found it in our bath room and was able to coax it into the trash can with a broom then cover it with a folder. We took it outside and released it on the porch. It took it a minute to scamper off into the darkness. We so enjoyed our late night visitor. Afterwards I realized I forgot to take any pictures of the beautiful creature.  If it returns I will forward a picture

Sounds like quite a late night critter adventure. Great news that you were able to successfully catch and release it. Now you are aware that they are in your area, perhaps you may get an opportunity to get your picture on the outside . Thanks for visiting and sharing your story . Another Mississippi dot will be added to our Flying Squirrel sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Tullahoma, Tennessee

February 17, 2008

Subject: Flying Squirrel Sighting in Tullahoma TN
Just saw a pair of small Southern Flying Squirrels tonight. 17 Feb 2008 7pm to 9pm. They are taking up residence in an old bird house just outside our living room window. Hope to see more of them. PJ B
 

Thank you for your visit and report from Tullahoma. Sounds like you could have many opportunities to observe these fascinating little critters. Hope so anyway.  Another Tennessee dot will be added to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in South Bend, Indiana

February 11, 2008

Subject: Flying squirrel South Bend IN
I just happened on your website after seeing our first flying squirrel tonight around 7:30 pm.  We have bird feeders outside our kitchen window. We thought we had a bird fly into the window and I went out to check if it was hurt. What I found was this tiny squirrel on the brick of our house. My wife and I took a closer look when it "flew" to the bird feeder and realized what it was.
John T

Thank you for visiting and your flying squirrel sighting report from South Bend. Congratulations also  on seeing your first. For most it is an exciting discovery, and well just  neat. It is a surprisingly exclusive club, since most folks never get that opportunity as these critters are elusive nocturnal creatures. From the number of Flying Squirrel reported sighting by our web visitors, however, it is apparent they are much more plentiful and accessible than most realize. Thanks again for your comments and adding another Northern Indiana location to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Northern Michigan

February 3, 2008

In August of 2007 my cat brought in a new dinner. He took it right to his dish and set it down. I noticed that it was still alive and immediately took it and put it out side again. I told my husband I thought it was a flying squirrel and he was surprised. We noticed it again a couple of time and then winter came. Last night Feb. 2, 2008 my dog wanted to go out. He seemed to be smelling all around and I noticed to flying squirrel in the corner of the porch. We took several pictures and the squirrel didn't seem to mind. Later when we looked out there were 2 of them eating on the ground under out bird feeder. We will now make sure that there is food in the feeder at night so they can eat. We live in the UP of Michigan. Billie P

Thank you for your flying squirrel report from upper Michigan. It certainly seems as if Flying squirrel reports are on the increase and especially during the Winter months. Another Michigan dot will be added to our sighting map.  Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in North Henderson, Illinois

February 2, 2008

What an absolutely beautiful tale. A Real tear jerker. We live in North Henderson, Mercer County, Illinois. Some years ago my husband had an encounter with these amazing creatures, but didn't have camcorder at the time. Most say we don't have them here, We know, different.:) What a pleasant experience most don't get to encounter. Diane M.

 Thank you for visiting,  your much appreciated  comments and your flying squirrel report from Illinois. They are indeed a treat to behold and most folks never get the opportunity .

Comments from a visitor in Bloomington, Minnesota

February 2, 2008

Bloomington Minnesota, I have lived her for about two years and see the flying squirrel for the first time last winter. To night 1 February 2008, I came home from work and could hear something running on the tree. I was putting out food for the animals, so they would have something in the morning.

Thanks for visiting and your report from Bloomington. Congratulations on seeing them for the first time and adding another Minnesota dot to our sighting map.

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Comments from a visitor in Griffith, Indiana

February 1, 2008

Subject: Possible Flying Squirrel Spotting...
Not sure if this is legit or not... but...I may have a possible flying squirrel sighting from here in Griffith, Indiana here in the last month. I did get
some photographs of this creature.
I hope that whomever this is will take a look at the photos and leave some feedback to either definitely identify the creature as a flying squirrel or identify
it as something else.


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The critter is definitely a Flying Squirrel. Thanks for visiting and adding another Indiana dot to our Flying squirrel sighting map.

 

Comments from a visitor in Sioux City, Iowa

January 27, 2008

Sioux City, IA
I love your photos! Thank you for posting for all to see. A fellow master gardener and kindergarten teacher and myself are leading a garden club for kindergarden, first, and second grade children. We plan to include a section about the most common birds of our area. We are thinking of putting together a small booklet with photos these birds that they could use as a chart to record when and where they were able to see them. With your permission, I would like to make a handout which would include a reference to your web site for more information and use a few of your photos.

Thank you for visiting , your comments, and your interest in using some of our photos. A response granting permission to use our material for only non commercial and educational endeavors has been sent via separate Email. As stated in the response, we appreciate credits and references to our web pages included in your publication.  Sounds like a fun project and wishing you and the children  much success and rewards in the always fascinating study of  Nature and the wildlife around us.

Comments from a visitor in Aiken, South Carolina

January 8, 2008

Hi, I live in Aiken, SC and have a baby flying squirrel on my front porch. I picked it up and put it back in the tree and it has found my porch again. I’m taking it to another location to give it a chance to survive seeing as I have a cat who loves to capture anything that moves. This is the first flying squirrel I have seen. We have plenty of regular squirrels running around on top of my roof and everywhere imaginable. Are there any deterrents for the squirrels and flying squirrels? It is frustrating having to go outside and save them from my cat all the time knowing that while I’m at work he is having a field day! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, except getting rid of my cat and keeping him indoors!


Thanks for your Flying Squirrel report from Aiken . I doubt if there are any methods to keep the gray squirrels away short of removing all trees and food supplies, which would not be practical. The good news would be that in most cases the grays can fend adequately for themselves against the cats and other earth bound  predators. Regarding  the Flyers dilemma, have never seen a cat even come close to the many flyers we have had here , and surmise your relocation of the porch found flyer will suffice at least for it. At any rate congratulations on seeing your first flyer and adding another South Carolina dot to our Flying Squirrel sighting map.

Comments from a visitor location not specified, perhaps Chicago

January 6, 2008

Hello, I don't know how but a squirrel looking like the southern flying squirrel was in my living room running around on Saturday morning. I caught it, gave it water and food and still have it. It is possible this is a southern flying squirrel or something close? All the pictures I have found on line look identical. Can someone give me some advice?
 

Most likely the Southern but if you location is in the Northern part of the country, then could be the Northern Flying Squirrel. Lots of pictures on our pages, and throughout the Internet so identifying as a flying squirrel should be relatively easy. Then of course what do you do with the captured intruder. Never had the occasion to deal with that dilemma but would probably either just return it to the outside, or take it to the  State Wildlife folks. Normally they make their way into homes via small openings in and around the attic or roof line.  If so and you set it free nearby, just might return to the indoors again. Thanks for your visit and report and good luck .

 

Comments from a visitor in Valparaiso, Indiana

January 1, 2008

Yesterday afternoon we saw three flying squirrels in Valparaiso, Indiana. We disrupted them when cutting down a dead tree. However, they "flew" to another tree where we hope they will make their new home.

Thanks for your FS report from Northern Indiana. If it was a first sighting for you then congratulations on the find. A dot will be added to our sighting map for Valparaiso. Hope they do stay around for your observation. They are a treat to watch.
 

Comments from a visitor in Libertyville, Illinois

December 30, 2007

I have a flying squirrel eating the bird seed around the patio in my back yard. He scrambles up the fir tree when I go out to my garage, but is pretty bold or hungry, because he comes right back after I go inside. The porch light and lights inside of the garage don't seem to bother him. I turned on the brighter light on the patio and got a good look, but he climbed around the back of the tree pretty quickly. Dave

Thanks for visiting and yet another mid-winter flying squirrel sighting report. Libertyville will be added to our sighting report page and a dot will be added to our sighting map.  Happy New Year.

Comments from a visitor in Guilford, Connecticut

December 29, 2007

Spotted a flying squirrel in Guilford, CT. 12-29-07. It flushed out of a blue bird box I opened to clean....been here 30 years and never saw one. my son was with me so he got to see it too.

Great news form Guilford. What a treat for this Holiday Season and  especially so, shared with your Son. Hope you got a good look at the Flyer and perhaps many opportunities for more observation in the coming year. Will add another Connecticut dot to our sighting map. Thanks for visiting and your report and oh Yes--------Happy New Year

 

Comments from a visitor in Minneapolis,  Minnesota

December 26, 2007

I was clearing snow from my roof tonight at about 9:30. I saw something fly off the roof but i didn't get a good look at it. i was wondering if i was seeing things because I could not imagine what it could be. I moved to another part of the house and something that looked like it was about the size of a chipmunk ran from the roof to the chimney and stopped. I moved my snow rake towards it and it started running towards the top of the chimney. I was thinking that it was going to go into the chimney but it got to the top and jumped off and seemed to fly about 30 feet to a tree in the front yard. it didn't have wings but looked more like a kite gliding. could I have flying squirrels?

From your description of the critter on the roof, it is almost certainly a Flying Squirrel and the kite analogy is right on. Sounds like the Minnesota area Flyers are active even in mid winter  as evidenced by your report and the previous reports from Edina. And so if this is your first sighting then congratulations are in order. You have experienced what most folks are never fortunate to see. Thanks for visiting and your report and if you are lucky enough to get a picture of them especially in the snow, please send it and it will be posted here.

Comments from a visitor in Edina,  Minnesota (update)

December 15, 2007

We still feel that the squirrels are coming to our window feeder, but it is around 2-3 in the morning. Thus the only way we know they are still coming, is because we clean off the brick ledge after dark and in the morning we have a new pile of sunflower shells. Does this fit a normal pattern of behavior? My initial sighting of the 3 squirrels has not been repeated as I am not awake when they show up. I have been up at 1:30 but they have not been here yet. We check before the birds are up early in the a.m., so it must be still at about 2-3 a.m. Short of staying up until after 3:00 a.m., I don't think we will see them unless it is by chance.

Thank you for your update on the window ledge flyers. From our experience, the flyers can be seen almost anytime from just before darkness to just after dawn with all the dark times in between, although most activity seems to have been between dusk and Midnight. Although to be precise, have not been up too often to observe after midnight. Perhaps a remote camera like an X10 with a receiver on a DVD or VCR recorder set for the maximum time of six hours would catch the little rascals. Of course now that real winter has arrived in MN, it would be especially interesting if you video  captured   them with snow around as well. While they don't hibernate completely they do slow down and huddle together in dens when the extreme cold arrives. Good Luck on spotting them again.

Comments from a visitor in Tomball, Texas

December 14, 2007

Many years ago, back in 1993, we were walking through some land we were selectively clearing to build our home on. I looked up at a huge dead Pine tree and at the top sat a very dark black/gray squirrel. I love all animals, so I became concerned about this tree being knocked down and their nest being destroyed and the squirrels being killed or injured. As I stood watching the squirrel, it leapt from the top of the dead tree and glided across nearly 1/2 an acre to another. This was in the afternoon...and this was a large squirrel....not the small light colored nocturnal flying squirrels I have seen many pictures of. Is there a more rare larger "black" flying squirrel....or what did I see? I only saw it one other time. We have many squirrels on our property here, mostly gray ones. Down the road just bit we often see several solid white/non-pigmented squirrels also. Are these albino squirrels or some other variety? They certainly are fun to watch scurrying through the trees....plenty of natural food for them out here with a lot of oak tress also. Well, that was my encounter with a truly magnificent flying squirrel of some sort. We live just west of Tomball, TX....a bit northwest of Houston. I enjoy your website. Take care.

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Sounds like you have quite a variety of squirrels to observe around  your Texas home. Your gliding squirrel is a mystery to me though for a few reasons. There are only two Flying Squirrel species native to North America. The Southern Flying Squirrel and the Northern Flyer. Both are relatively small and no where near the size of a Gray . Secondly both native flying squirrels are nocturnal and are rarely seen except in darkness or near darkness. The length of the glide you describe pretty much eliminates the Grays or Red Squirrels. There are possibilities of other non native imports that may have escaped or been discarded by their owners. The Sugar Glider is native to Australia, and have been imported as pets here in the US. I think It really is not much larger than our Flyers though so doubt if it was what you spotted. Another possibility for an import might be an Anomalure, which is a fairly large animal but native to Africa. I really don't have a strong idea what you saw on two occasions, but if you see it again hopefully you can get a picture.  I have kin in Kerrville Texas and I have seen pictures of the White Squirrels probably similar to the ones you describe. As I understand, there are many White Squirrels around but true albinos are much more rare. From what I read, the Albino will have either pink or blue eyes, while the non albino will have black eyes.  Thanks again for Visiting and if you identify your mystery flyer, please let us know.

 

Comments from a visitor in  Natchez, Mississippi

December 7, 2007

It has been about 25 years ago but I once saw a flying squirrel in the woods about 10 miles South of Natchez, MS.

Thanks for your report on your perhaps 1980's flying squirrel sighting near Natchez. There is something about this little creature that make the experience of sighting them  easily remembered for most of us.  Another Mississippi dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in Edina,  Minnesota

December 2, 2007

My husband and I have just enjoyed your wonderful videos. Night before last, I woke up about 2-3 a.m. Looked out the dining room window to check on impending snow storm... nothing yet. BUT eureka!!! some little creature was looking back at me from the brick-mold ledge of the picture window. We live on the second floor of a condominium building in the suburb of Edina, MN. We have had a small suction-type bird feeder on the window down low enough so the birds may perch while enjoying a meal. Never have we seen this site before. I really did not know what I was seeing but there were 2 or 3 of them. I moved my hand and they left. The next night (last night) they must have been there again because it was after our big snow storm and there were empty sun flower hulls all over the ledge. My husband was the one who guessed it was flying squirrels. Googled it on the internet and came up with proof positive and also your charming videos. We are excited and will keep watching for them. Thank you so much for the very professional and entertaining video.

Congratulations on making the Flying Squirrel discovery right outside  your window. Thank you for sharing your find and your  gracious comments. Hopefully you will  get to see them often and have many opportunities for close observation. It truly is a special gift to see them as most folks never get that opportunity. Another Minnesota dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in Lockhart,  Texas

November 27 , 2007

Saw flying squirrel 15 miles SE of Lockhart Tx. Caldwell Co.

Thank you for your Flyer report from South East Texas. Your sighting location marks perhaps both  the most Southern and Western US points on our sighting map provided by  our visitors. This with the exception of a single report from California. While our visitor sighting reports provide perhaps an unscientific study, it does produce a pattern indicating the abundance of Flyers in the Eastern half of the US . Thanks again to you and to all of our visitors who have participated in our survey.

Comments from a visitor in Winona, Minnesota

November 20 , 2007

We spotted a flying squirrel last night when it came down our fireplace chimney, that is glass enclosed, so the squirrel was unable to get into our house. It spent the night from 8:30pm to 10:00am.We were able to study it with a flashlite to positively identify it.
I searched the web sites and studied pictures, it is the first time we have seen one. We have about 3/4's an acre and approximately a dozen old pine and evergreen trees, plus an oak tree, chestnut tree, several maple trees, and multiple bird feeders.
Thanks for the information on your web page.
Winona Minnesota

And thank you for visiting and sharing your first Flyer encounter. It is always special when you see them for the first time and sounds like you had a glass enclosed stage to observe the little guy. Hoping he was able to remove itself from the fireplace in time for perhaps a Thanksgiving evening fireside chat not to mention the December 25 potential visitor. Thanks again for your report. Another dot will be added to our sighting map for Winona.

 

Comments from a visitor in Julington Creek Plantation , St. Johns, Florida

October 25, 2007

Flying Squirrels in my woodpecker box
I live in St. Johns, Florida and have enjoyed flying squirrels in my back yard for the past two years. We currently have them living in our woodpecker box.
 

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Thank you for visiting and your Flying Squirrel report from St. Johns. Looks like a couple of curious little heads peering through that woodpecker hole.

 

Comments from a visitor in Cheshire, Connecticut

October 8, 2007

I was standing outside one night and just happened to turn the light on the side of the house and wasn't quite sure what I saw land on the tree. I turned the light off and on again and sure enough I saw what looked like a chipmunk fly on to the side of the tree again. Now I know I wasn't seeing things but still couldn't see what it was even with my big flashlight. Zoomed right in and must have climbed up the tree before I could get to the other side missed it again. I think they have a nest in one of the trees and I am going to get some sunflower seeds to see if I can coax them to the side of the tree where the lights shine. Can't wait they are such awesome
animals. Greg Cheshire, CT

Great news and congratulations on your first flying squirrel sighting from Southern Connecticut. Thanks for sharing your story with our visitors and adding another Connecticut dot to our flying squirrel sighting map. Hope you are successful in enticing them to the lighted side of the tree and they provide you with many observation  opportunities.

Comments from a visitor in Osceola, Wisconsin

October 8, 2007

My husband and I enjoyed your story about flying squirrels. We spotted our first flying squirrel on our deck when our motion sensor came on about 8:00
pm (and we are 65 and 70 years of age so we've waited even longer than you). We weren't sure what we were seeing so we did a "Google" on flying squirrels
and, sure enough, that's what we saw.
After looking through several web sites on these little creatures, we came across your blog and read every word, watched the videos and looked at the
pictures. They are great!
We live in northwest Wisconsin (Osceola, 54020) about 40 miles northeast of St Paul, Minnesota. We are curious about where you live.
Thanks for all the information. It sounds as though October is a bit late to see them in this part of the state but it's been unseasonably warm.
Maybe God's little creatures are as mixed up as we humans are!
We only saw one tonight and after reading your story are hoping that more show up to entertain us. We will continue to put out sunflower seeds in the
hope they will stay around.
Thanks again. Dennis and Bonnie

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Congratulations and thank  you for sharing  your  first sighting of the Flyers. It is usually always a special occasion for the lucky viewer. Several flyer reports from Wisconsin have been received via our comments mail and yours will be added to our sighting map. We are in Louisville , Kentucky. Thanks again and good luck in keeping them around.

Comments from a visitor in San Clemente, California

October 4, 2007

Hello again! I’m one of your loyal website viewers from San Clemente, CA. I had not checked in on your website for a few days and when I read the last couple of entries I noticed that you had just had a birthday. Just wanted to wish you a belated Happy Birthday. I also wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed this past spring and summer’s activities on the site and to thank you again for all your dedication and hard work. You provide me with a wonderful “getaway” to visit my beloved birds and animals. I also thoroughly enjoy the short videos. I laughed out loud at one of the recent hummer videos where your husband was being pelted by the squirrels in the trees and then when he walked away after putting up the hummer feeder and announced “Well Hummers….Have at It!”.
I’m hoping you plan on continuing your great work and wanted to let you know that you bring enjoyment and happiness to many of us who visit your site.
Thank you again. Regards, Dianne
P.S. I’m hoping that you have recovered well from the medical scare you had a few months back….I hoped and prayed that you would make a full recovery.
 

Thank you once again for your visits to our web pages, and your much appreciated comments. Thank you also for  your prayers for us during the very trying times of May and June. So far so good for the most part, but  still trying to get the dosage of the blood thinner just right. We are always looking for something from the critters that might be of interest to our visitors and will probably keep doing this as long as possible. Thanks again .

Comments from a visitor in Clinton, Connecticut

October 2, 2007

Hey there, I was on your site and noticed that you did not have a dot on the map for Connecticut. I live in CT and have them in my yard in Clinton. I also had them in my yard when I lived in Madison. Feel free to add dots there. Hope this helps, please feel free to ask any questions..Cheers, Chuck

Thank you for your report from Clinton and Madison. Previous Flying Squirrel sighting reports from Connecticut have been made from Ridgefield and Rocky Hill. The density of the map makes it difficult to see all of the dots, and I will check to make sure I have all of the sightings represented, including yours. Thanks for visiting and your comments. Cheers back.

Comments from a visitor Location not specified

September 24, 2007

I thought I would share a story. I came home today to find a praying mantis on my hummingbird feeder. I've seen him there before, catching bees and wasps, this time to my amazement he had a hummingbird. Sadly ,the bird was dead and the mantis was feeding on him.

Thanks for your report. While that is surprising to me, guess it is not as unusual as I would have thought. A report on the below site shows a similar circumstance as you describe. Thanks for your comments. The education on this issue is much appreciated.

http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/site/backyardbirds/hummingbirds/mantis-hummer.aspx

Comments from a visitor in Elyria, Ohio

September 23, 2007

Hi . Just wanted to report a flying squirrel sighting ! Didn't know where to do it or if you even still do record it . Elyria , Ohio. About 20 minutes west of Cleveland .

About 1 am this morning , I was in bed , when I heard this commotion coming from outside , on my patio . As I was watching in the darkness , it flew up against my patio door , and somehow scampered up to the top of my screen . I thought it was a bat . I flipped on the light , and saw what it was . It stayed still for about 5 minutes , then glided to the ground . it then climbed up the balcony post to our top balcony , then it was gone ! First one I have ever seen . Didn't know Ohio had any !

Our back yard drops off to the Black River , with maybe 50 feet of trees and shrubs between , just in case you are collecting info on it .Thanks , Dale

Thank you for sharing your first flying squirrel encounter and logging the sighting from Elyria. Ohio is one of the most represented states in our Flying Squirrel sighting report. Also thanks for logging on this date which also happens to be my birthday.

Comments from a visitor in Cassville, Missouri

September 22, 2007

I was visiting relatives in Southern Missouri (Cassville, Barry County), and I heard a rustling noise on a tree at around 9:30 at night. I looked up, expecting a woodpecker or a chipmunk chewing on the bird feed ring (a ring of birdseed suspended from a tree), and lo and behold, I see the little gray thing hanging from the bird feeder! I startled him, and he scurried up and down the tree, trying to get away from my flashlight, but I was fascinated and had to make sure my eyes weren't fooling me! I had no idea these beautiful creatures existed in the US, much less Missouri, so I ran back in and checked to make sure I saw what I saw. Sure enough, it was an adult flying squirrel! I love these adorable little creatures, I had no clue they existed in Missouri! Lori

Thank you for your report from Southern Missouri and congratulations on making first contact with the Flyers. Your reaction is similar to most of us on  seeing them for the first time and the excitement and wonder of it will become a lasting memory for you. Several visitor reports have been made from Missouri. They are more plentiful throughout the Eastern US  than most realize but remain undetected by the majority of folks. Thanks again for visiting and your comments. Another Missouri dot will be added to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in St. Louis Park, Minnesota

September 21, 2007

 Spotted in St. Louis Park, MN just outside of Minneapolis

I had an unforgettable experience early last Sunday morning 9/16/07. After a night of having my younglings toss and turn in my bed, I took to the living room couch around 1AM. Soon after, my 3yr old daughter wanted me and I allowed her to stay on the couch while I slept on the floor next to her. Around 6AM I heard some rustling noise from the kitchen in the next room. I assumed my wife was looking for something in the dark so as to not awake us.
As I peered into the kitchen I realized that she was not there. While I wondered how sleepy I was, I thought I saw the drapes shake violently for a very short duration. I thought that it must be a mouse. I lifted the drapes, and noticed the floor....nothing else. At this time I moved my daughter back into my bed with my wife and other 2 kids (good thing it's a king). I sat on a chair and waited with prying ears until there was more rummaging noises. I darted into the kitchen and turned on the light, took a step towards the window drapes where the noises were coming from and noticed the little guy on top of the curtain rod.
It seemed as though we saw each other at the same time and in the same moment it leapt laterally, opened it's legs, and glided to a crashing halt on a cabinet door. It was about the size of my hand, gray, big black eyes, small tail (not bushy), and looked like a couple of black stripes on sides where loose skin was. As soon as it hit the floor, he darted off. I was scared! This creature that I have never seen outside (and especially in my kitchen at 6AM) was running, climbing, jumping, and gliding in high gear. I chased and chased trying to persuade him out a door that I had opened. I used a child gate to get him close to the door until it decided to climb on the gate and jump to my right and darted into another room. More chasing pursued and got him into the kitchen above the stove.
I could tell that this critter was probably as frightened as I when I had it cornered. I reached over and got an old pizza box with the intent of trapping it inside. No problem right? Well, somehow it climbed up my cabinet and had no outs with the stove hood and as I got closer with the open box he made a leap. I was not expecting that at all, but I managed to catch him on the top of the opened box top. I hurried to the door and it climbed up and over, jumping to the floor, and thankfully went out the door.
A large part of my fear was not knowing anything about this creature. After searching for what I believed to be a flying squirrel, google had given me all that I needed to see to be 99% sure. Reading about the flying squirrel has also made me feel better, especially when a couple of websites stated that rabies were not a problem. Just wanted to share my story, thank you for reading. Hope it was interesting.
I still have no idea how it got into my house. I walked the exterior, foundation has no holes (would have led to basement). I speculate that it was near the door when we went in or came out. Any other ideas?


Thanks for sharing your exciting first encounter with the flying squirrels. Your story parallels so many of our visitors who have encountered them in their homes and obviously makes the first encounter  so much more memorable . The first sighting, whether inside or outside, is usually always a special moment and usually always we find it imperative to share the experience by telling others. Perhaps it is because in most cases it is completely unexpected and since most folks will  never see the the live ones  in a life time, it is at first difficult to believe.  Your analysis of how it got in is probably correct but usually they get in via openings under roofs and attics. It doesn't take much of an opening for them to squeeze through, and many of our visitors have indeed had them in their attics. -----Thanks again for visiting and sharing your first. Another dot will be added to our sighting map for St. Louis Park .

Comments from a visitor in English, Indiana

September 7, 2007

We have a healthy population of flying squirrel at our home in English IN
A developer is clearing a large amount of trees next to our property. Is there any way we can save our little friends?
 

Thank you for confirming an abundance of Flyers in  English. Hopefully the Developer will leave some trees. If they do then you have a chance at having some of them stay in viewing range. Without the trees close by, my guess is that they will be gone. While there is lots of development in our area, the Flyers have remained as many of the old stand trees were left intact.  Good luck and thanks for your report.

 

Comments from a visitor near Holly Springs, Mississippi

August 18, 2007

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Thanks for visiting and sending your excellent snap of the Hummer at the feeder.

 

Comments from a visitor in Goshen, Indiana

August 14, 2007

 

My name is Lincoln R. I  live in Goshen Indiana and I  saw a flying Squirrel in my back yard..

Congratulations on your sighting and thank you for your report from Northern Indiana. Another Indiana dot will be added to our sighting map.
 

 

Comments from a visitor in Miller Place, Long Island, New York

August 11, 2007

I LIVE IN MILLER PLACE, L.I., NEW YORK
I HAVE 2 SQUIRREL FEEDERS IN THE BACK YARD. I KEEP THEM FILLED WITH SOLID CORN LOGS. ONE NIGHT GOING PAST THE WINDOWS I NOTICED 2 VERY LARGE EYES STARING BACK AT ME. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT KIND OF ANIMAL IT WAS, BUT IT KEPT EATING AND LOOKING AT ME. IT WAS NOT SCARED AND STAYED FOR QUITE A WHILE. I STARTED SEARCHING THE INTERNET AND FOUND IT TO BE A FLYING SQUIRREL! I HAD NO IDEA THEY WERE ON LONG ISLAND. I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING IT AGAIN. IT WAS A WELCOMED VISITOR.
 

Thank you for your Flying Squirrel report from Long Island and congratulations on seeing them for the first time.  Many folks never have or never will see the wild ones although they inhabit much of the Eastern United States. It is usually always a treat for the beholder. Miller Place will be added to our Flying Squirrel sighting map . Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Cincinnati, Ohio

August 8, 2007

Just a note about your comments about late nests in the Midwest... I live in the Cincinnati area, and there is currently a robin's nest right outside the window at my work. Three babies should be fledging the nest in couple of days. I thought it was strange that it was so late in the year too, and with these temps near 100 degrees this week I have been concerned for them. But all seems to be going well and we are optimistic for a happy ending.  

Thank you for your Robin Nest report from Cincinnati.  While it seems late based on my past  experience here in Louisville, I suppose that the farther North one is the more chances for later nest activity. While Cincinnati is only about 50 miles farther North than Louisville, that bit of  distance might make a difference.  Of course there could be similar nest activity here in August, I just have never seen it.  Here's hoping for a happy and successful Fledging event.

Comments from a visitor in Clyde Hill, Washington

August 6, 2007

I have really enjoyed your site and find it thoroughly entertaining and helpful in understanding. A couple questions:
We had one nest of robins where all three eggs hatched, fledged and (hopefully) are still doing well. I hear the call in our trees so I assume the best.
A second nest had three eggs—yesterday there was a newborn, but the other two eggs are gone! The strangest part is the lack of feeding—they occasionally venture out and feed the baby, but most of the time, mama is nesting—it doesn’t seem right does it? Did the parents abort the other two eggs??
Appreciate your thoughts and would love more info on post fledgling behavior as well as images of plants/berry bushes that would attract more robins.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your observations. Your second clutch having just hatched is surely indicative of a later breeding season in the Northwest, than here in the now sweltering Midwest. For the most part I have seen no nesting or fledgling activity here beyond the very early days of July. The height of the season here is from April through June. I do believe that the fledglings remain in the general vicinity of the nest for most of the summer. For the most part during the summer, it seems the Robins here dine mostly on insects of all kinds and worms. As the weather cools, and in states where they winter, the food consist mostly of berries, fruits and seeds. I am not sure if Robins remain in the Northwest during the winter, but some large quantities do here in Kentucky and band together in great flocks to raid and strip berries of all types and here particularly in late January and early February strip the Holly's of their berries in almost frenzied feeding. Not sure what happened to the two eggs, but suspect squirrel, chipmunk or perhaps  a predator bird, such as a cowbird or perhaps even a Jay.  The loss of eggs especially when it is near hatch time seems to confuse bird parents for a while. This may result in continued faux incubation routines while not fully understanding the eggs are gone. As far sporadic feeding of the one hatchling  is concerned, for the first few days a great deal of food is not required, and they may be still in a sense be waiting for the others to hatch, which of course can not happen. At any rate hope it turns out well and thanks again for your comments.
 

Comments from a visitor in Dalzell, South Carolina

July 22, 2007

Hi, I live in Dalzell, SC. I just found your website after discovering a new visitor to one of my birdfeeders tonight. The usual culprits are squirrels, raccoons, squirrels, an occasional possum, squirrels (did I mention squirrels??) A few hours ago I noticed the feeder swinging and figured a raccoon was helping himself to a supper of sunflower seeds so I went out with a flashlight to get a better look and saw something I'd never seen before!! My first thought was "sugar glider" - never even considered a flying squirrel. But after taking some pictures and doing some searching on the web, I realize that's what it was! I'm really excited - I didn't know such wonderful creatures were my neighbors! I don't much care for the gray squirrels and raccoons grazing on the seeds I spend good money on for the birds (except for the squirrel I call "Blondie"), but this precious little flying squirrel is welcome anytime! And he can bring a few friends if he likes!
Thanks for your great website! I'm planning on coming back again and really checking it out in much greater detail. Karen - Dalzell, SC

Congratulations on your first FS sighting and thank you for visiting and sharing your report. Sounds like the usual collection of  bird feeder pests, like the raccoons and the gray squirrels. Then the discovery of the Flyers for the first time  is always  exciting and amazing to behold.  Hope they continue to visit and afford many observation opportunities.  Another South Carolina dot will be added to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Hamburg, New York

July 18, 2007

I have had flying squirrels coming to my yard since the end of June (after never seeing one before). I didn't even know they were in my area! I live in Hamburg, NY - just south of Buffalo. I have attached a few photos of my nightly friend!

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Congratulations on your discovery and the nightly visits of these amazing little animals. Thanks for sharing. The Sighting map will be updated to reflect your report from Hamburg New York.

Comments from a visitor in Fort Bragg, North Carolina

July 11, 2007

Hello my name is Jewel and I am from Fort Bragg NC... I just wanted to thank you for sharing your page on the tale of the Songbird and the baby Cowbird. I have really enjoyed watching the video and reading your journal entries. I have a couple of house finches that have made a nest in my wandering jew plant...I suspect they are raising two baby cowbirds. I am going to keep watch over them. There are two speckled cowbird eggs left unhatched. I got a good idea of how the babies might grow and how they will look from your page. Thank you so much for doing this. It was very informative and enjoyable to watch.

 

Thanks for visiting and your comments. Should be interesting for you - watching this unique story unfold.

Comments from a visitor in Long Island, New York

July 9, 2007

Hi, this is an upbeat comment regarding the 2 baby robins. They have both "flown the coop". One left on Saturday, and the other on Sunday morning. (I did catch a short glimpse of the one on Sunday before it left; and I think it actually got to know me by voice!) I know they are still close by because Mom chirps and is still feeding them somewhere. I'm really glad and I guess they were older than I thought!
By the way, this is a great site!

Sounds like a nearly perfect ending to a precarious fledging story. Thanks very much  for your updates and your comments .

Comments from a visitor in Albany, New York

July 7, 2007

Hello,
We have a robin's nest near our deck in the Albany, NY area and your site has been very informative! I am an inexperienced bird watcher and the robins have now hatched. I will continue to visit your site!  Thanks!

Thanks for visiting and your comments from Albany. Hope your Robin nest adventure has a happy conclusion and provides you with many interesting  nature observation opportunities. Good Luck
 

Comments from a visitor in Long Island, New York

July 6, 2007

Friday Afternoon Update

Since I last wrote about the 2 robins on my lawn, (one lived/one died), ....... at lunchtime when I checked there was another baby. Momma is feeding it and sitting with it. I won't be back on site till Monday. I'll bring you up to date then. I hope I have all good things to say about the robin babies.

Friday Morning Update

I do have an update regarding the 2 baby robins in my front yard.
When I got home from work I checked on them. One was definitely beyond help, and ultimately died within minutes of my checking on it. The other was opening its mouth and lifting its head, which led me to believe that mother was feeding it. I looked up and saw her watching me. At that point I decided to do nothing, not to intervene and as you said, let nature takes it course. I didn't want to remove the other baby who died, because I didn't know how that would change the scene re: the mother robin.
Watched her feed the baby until dark. We had another rainstorm again during the night. I'm sure the baby got pummeled. But, this 6 am this morning I was there at my living room window, with my binoculars. Baby looked "perky"... was preening and lifting its head. And, there was momma feeding it.
Hope it keeps making strives to get nourished and be able to move to a safer spot.
 

Thank you for the updates. Sounds like there will be at least two survivors and would not surprise me if you found another just out of sight. If you never see two parent Robins feedeing the ground based fledglings at the same time, then I would bet that it is the male parent doing the feeding. They usually do for a couple of weeks after normal fledging, although your Robin Clutch story is not quite normal.

Comments from a visitor in Long Island, New York

July 5, 2007

I'm distressed over two baby robins found on my front lawn today. There was a very windy rainstorm last night. I saw something early this morning when I left for work and didn't check out (thought it my be branch) so I wouldn't be late to work. At lunchtime, I decided to check again. To my amazement there were two baby robins on my lawn, small, all feathers with spots. As I approached, one opened its mouth and I thought the other might have died, but then I saw it move its wings. At the same time I heard either mom or dad close by chirping as a warning or distressed. I know if I ignore it an animal will surely find them. Can I try to put the nest (which has come apart) sort of together in a bush nearby. Then, using gloves, place them in the nest? Will mom or dad feed them? She may be feeding them already and they cannot fly anywhere yet? Should I just leave them alone? Please help.

In my opinion there is nothing much you can do. If they are feathered and have  spotted breast, they were probably near fledging anyway. Hopefully they can flutter hop and fly and perhaps make their way to a shrub on their own. If  they are completely helpless, then perhaps what you suggest might be a benefit, but if they are able to get around at all then I would leave them and let nature take it's course. Hope it works out well for all. Thanks for visiting our pages and your comments.
 

Comments from a visitor in North Carolina

July 5, 2007

I love you web site and have enjoyed reading all about the trials and triumphs!!
Just an hour ago I heard a ruckus and ran outside to see a mother robin defending her downed nest and egg?! I quickly ran and got my dirtiest garden gloves and replaced it as far as I could reach. She is in the tree nearby.
Is there anything else I can do? It is quite windy here in NC as we live just off the bay. I wedged it in the best I could!!
Thanks! Nancy

Sounds like you did as much as you could. From the sound of it, if there is only one egg , she might have just started laying eggs and perhaps not even started the incubation process. If the nest were intact then there might be a chance but if the mud anchor that holds the nest in place has been broken as it surely has, if the nest was on the ground, then I doubt she will continue it. Probably will start another nest rather than continue with that one. At any rate, it is late in the season for new Robin nest at least so here in the Midwest. Best of luck and thanks for visiting and sharing your story.

Comments from a visitor in Cedarville, Michigan

July 2, 2007

Hello again from Cedarville, Michigan.
I tried red pepper and even moth balls but the little flying squirrels are back! I heard them again this evening and shined the flashlight up into the soffit area of the roof and there was the glow of little beady eyes staring back at me, probably thinking, a is that all you've got, a little pepper and moth balls are going to keep us out! I think I will try a big rubber snake or maybe somebody knows of something better that will keep them out of our soffits? They are either storing food or breeding in the soffit or walls. Maybe they just found a place to play? Thanks for the website! Mike C.

Thanks for the update Mike. Most of the advice I have seen on the internet regarding troublesome flyers, have stressed the finding and closing of the access routes to the attics and in your case the soffits. At least we know that moth balls and pepper are not necessarily the answer. Perhaps the rubber snake might help, but I would bet if you could discern a Flying Squirrel chuckle or laughter, then I bet you would hear it. Your guys might be a real challenge and I hope you find the answer. When you do, let us know and we will post it here for all of our visitors and some of whom no doubt have the same problem.  Thanks again for sharing your FS experience from Northern Michigan.

Comments from a visitor in Taylorville, Illinois

July 2, 2007

We live in Taylorville, Illinois.
I didn't know that there were flying squirrels in our area until one decided to come down and join our backyard party one night around 9:30.
It stuck around running up and down the tree watching everything we did and as we talked to it, it would come down closer to take a look until we got to close and it would head back up the tree to safety.
They are very quick and amazing little creatures, and we have been checking every night since to see if we can get another glimpse of it.

Congratulations on your flying squirrel discovery. They do indeed seem curious and fairly at ease when close to we human kind. Hope you have them as regular visitors. If so they will provide some entertaining and wonderful moments for you. Thanks for visiting and your report from central Illinois.

Comments from a visitor in Lexington, Kentucky

June 27, 2007

For all of you who have had questions and comments regarding what to do with abandoned or rejected wild baby birds, you might want to follow the current real life adventure of such an endeavor by one of our visitors from Lexington Kentucky. She is providing updates to the story which is currently underway as of  June 2, 2007. I have posted her story and updates on the following link. As I receive the updates, they will be posted on this page.

Latest update June 27, 2007

See the updates on the baby Robin Dilemma at this link

 

Comments from a visitor in Pennington, New Jersey

June 26, 2007

Hi!
No time for lots of commentary at the moment, but thank you so much for this great, fun, informative site.
I'll be visiting often as we "raise" our quartet of robins over the next few weeks.
"My" robin family lives in Pennington, New Jersey, along with a host of
other birds that we feed and admire year 'round.
(Not so many house wrens this year. Anyone else notice?)

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Thank you for visiting and your Robin report from Pennington. At two days old, you will have about another 11 or 12 days before they fledge. Good luck to you and this Robin Clutch

Comments from a visitor in Sparta, New Jersey

June 26, 2007

Me and my friend hutch saw a flying squirrel in Sparta, NJ 07871 on 6/21/07 around 10 PM.
The squirrel dropped from a tree as I was turning my car around. At first it looked like a leaf. Then it swooped right before it hit the ground. We sprang out of my car to get a closer look before it scurried off. I have never, ever seen one!!
I spoke with my father, who told me he has seen them before on the Lake Mohawk golf course which is right over the treeline from our sighting on fairway trail.
When I found your sight with the map of documented reports, I was super-psyched that I would get to report MY sighting!! I can't wait to see a new little red dot on the map. Thanks,  Anthony

Congratulations on seeing your first flying squirrel. It is nearly always an exciting event to see them fly and especially for the first time. Thanks for visiting and your report. Your dot will indeed be placed on the FS sighting map in the area of Sparta and lake Mohawk.

Comments from a visitor in Ohio

June 21, 2007

Your web site is very nice. Maybe you could answer my questions. Thank you.
We had 2 robin eggs in our evergreen tree (in a nest) and they both hatched. Last weekend there were 2 pink babies. I have been very careful around the nest only looking once or twice, but I know there were two beaks begging for food. Now I notice only one baby is in the nest. Both parents are caring for the single baby? Do you know what could of happened to the second baby? I looked around the nest the best that I could and didn't see that it fell out anywhere. Is it normal to only have one baby survive. He seems to be very healthy and thriving well and yesterday he was all stretched out in the nest and had feathers etc. Also the parents seem to be very tame around me. They just go about their business as usual. I leave them alone almost all day while I am at work, but look in once in awhile in the evening. Yesterday a field of black birds were grazing close by and I could tell the
two parents did not like them there, so I shooed them all away. The parent robins seem to be ok with me around. I can even sit close by (on our patio) and they come and go leaving me alone. Is this normal?
 

Thank you for visiting our pages. Your report of a missing hatchling and the mystery of what happened to it is e fairly common report from many of our visitors. If you don't see what happened or have a camera recording it is impossible to ascertain the cause other than guessing. In my own experience, I have watched on video tape a Female Cowbird removing a live Cardinal from a nest and the eggs as well and I have witnessed again via recorded video on our nests the complete destruction of a three egg  Robin clutch by a Black Snake. In this case it devoured a hatching chick and two un-hatched eggs in a very short time. Other enemies include Crows, Squirrels, and even Chipmunks. Even Flying Squirrels have raided nests. Some reports have even indicated that perhaps the parent Robins have seen fit to disregard one of the hatchlings, although I have never seen this. One thing for sure if it has fallen out of the nest, which is most unlikely since you indicate they were still pink, then it would almost certainly be devoured by any number of night creatures, including Raccoons and perhaps a domestic cat. Robins have adapted well to living with human kind and it is not surprising that they appear almost tame when going about their business of hatchling raising in close proximity with we humans also going about our routine.  Sorry I cannot be of more help. Good luck with the remaining hatchling. 

Comments from a visitor in Bonifay, Florida

June 18, 2007


Subject: flying squirrel

I have never seen a flying squirrel until tonight. My son said he had one land on his arm in his room while sleeping a month or so ago. Today he said he heard it in our roof a few nights ago again. I was cleaning a upstairs bedroom and found dropping on the floor. Well my husband and he went on our roof to explore and see were it had been coming in. They found and sealed the openings. WELL tonight it came out in the house. My son yelled for us to come out of our bedroom, it was on the tree in the living room. We have a log home with two trees in it. LOW AND BEHOLD there it was I was shocked!!! We tried to catcher it in a box but it was to fast. It glided down the stairs and we chased it slowly outside the back door were it glided from second storey porch to a tree outside. Hopefully there was only one in there.
Thank You for your web- site it was very informative.
Denise R.
Bonifay, FL.
(in the Panhandle)
 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your flying squirrel adventure. It usually is a memorable experience when you see them for the first time, and no doubt especially so in your case. They are very interesting little critters but indeed much more interesting when observed outside the home. In your case and especially your son's case a bit more touchy feely than most. Happy with the way it turned out and hope that is the only one inside. Another Florida dot will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting location map.

Comments from a visitor in Cedarville, Michigan

June 16, 2007

Subject: flying squirrels!

Hi, My parents are retiring to Cedarville, Mi. which is in the upper peninsula.
I've been helping them move every weekend for a month or so. I sleep downstairs in the living room on a pull out couch.
Several times I've hear noises just after going to bed, sounds like critters are running around either on the roof or in the ceiling! I went outside with a flashlight and pointed up to the soffit area that joins the two roofs and to my surprise I see what appears to be two small squirrels! I wasn't sure what kind of squirrels these were or if they were even squirrels. Then one just took off over my head into the trees behind me! I was very surprised for I have never seen a flying squirrel in person or even knew that they existed here in upper Michigan! I looked them up on the internet and found your site. We don't want them in our soffits but do not want to hurt them either so we are going to put down some red pepper to try and keep them away from the roof. Years ago my father redid the walls here in the house and there were tons of squirrel food that had been stocked inside the walls! I now wonder if the little guys had been here for years! Fascinating creatures. Mike C.
 

Thank you Mike for your report from the upper reaches of the Great lake region. Congratulations on seeing them for the first time, and sorry that it poses a problem for you with the house guest issue. We have had them in the trees for years, and as far as I know have never had the home invasion problem. Wishing you good luck in the endeavor of trying to gently encourage them to vacate. The Michigan sighting map will be updated with a dot for Cedarville. Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in Crestwood, Kentucky

June 13, 2007

I live in Crestwood, Kentucky! My children and I look forward sitting at our kitchen table each morning and looking out our sliding doors to watch the birds and squirrels. My son is particularly interested in Cardinals and has started asking questions that I wanted to look up on the internet and that is how I stumbled across your site.
I just wanted to thank you so.. much for providing others with such a wonderful website! I can't wait to share this with my children!
God certainly has blessed you in many, many ways.
 

Thank you for visiting and your much appreciated  comments. Yes, indeed we are blessed in many ways ,including visitors like you who also enjoy the beauty and wonder of Nature and this wonderful Earth we all share. Hope you find many things on our pages that will be of interest to your children. If you have not been to the Robin's Nest Blog 2005 there is a segment about a Cardinal nest, starting at about the May 9 entry, that might be of special interest to your son. While the outcome of that nest was not the most desired, it does provide some insight into the Cardinal family.

 

Comments from a visitor in Lexington, Kentucky

June 13, 2007

For all of you who have had questions and comments regarding what to do with abandoned or rejected wild baby birds, you might want to follow the current real life adventure of such an endeavor by one of our visitors from Lexington Kentucky. She is providing updates to the story which is currently underway as of  June 2, 2007. I have posted her story and updates on the following link. As I receive the updates, they will be posted on this page.

Latest update June 13, 2007

See the updates on the baby Robin Dilemma at this link

Posting these updates on this story as they are received. Don't know how it will come out and most wildlife advisors advise against undertaking this kind of task. Many of our visitors have raised questions about doing this in the past. Hopefully the little one will be able to assume it's normal life back in the wilds. Best of luck . Note some of the photographs have been cropped to save space .

Comments from a visitor in Meriden, Connecticut

June 11, 2007

Thanks for your interesting journal posts.  I was trying to figure out what happened to my couple of robins.  It's June here in Connecticut.  The nest was built last month in a Rhodendron as it was last year where the young successfully hatched and flew off.  This year, Dad has been feeding mom for days.  She is huge, round and mottled--so pregnant.  Her feathers have taken on a spotted leopard-ish look.  I watched her, fully bellied, in the Rhody bush but out of the nest, looking uncomfortable with her pregnancy, taking the occasional worm gift from Dad.  But then,  today, the nest is vacant and they are gone.  In fact, most of the Robin's in my yard are gone.  They had been red worming there for weeks.
I'm hoping it's just part of the plan and that the Robin couple will be back to lay eggs and raise their young.  Do you have any thoughts on this?


Thank you for visiting and your comments. I have seen the female build a nest with the male helping her with an occasional feeding while the activity is going on and then both  disappear for as long as five days before returning to the nest to begin laying eggs. In one instance I saw the mating activity occur while the nest was being built. Then the Female will begin to lay the fertilized eggs one egg a day  before beginning the incubation process. I believe that it would be difficult to tell if a female Robin was forming fertilized eggs, as in your description as birds normally don't have appearance altering pregnancies. Perhaps your pair have a problem with the mating process or the female has an abnormal condition. Sorry I can not be of more help, but hopefully by now she has returned to start the egg laying process. If not, then perhaps they will soon. Good Luck and thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Elgin, Illinois

June 10, 2007

Reporting in from Elgin, IL
Just found flying squirrels in my brother's backyard.
Placing platform feeders shortly.
Excellent site. Thank you.

And Thank you for your report from Elgin. Good luck with the feeders.  Another Illinois dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Wentzville, Missouri

June 9, 2007

I was very interested in finding information about this little creature that we accidentally found living in our abandoned blue bird house. I was out in the back yard hanging a new bird feeder when I saw this little face peering at me from the hole in the bird house. My husband did not believe me and of course wanted to investigate himself. I thought it was a baby squirrel or possibly a bat since I didn't get a good look at the face but appeared to be furry. When he finally coxed the little thing out and tapped the bottom the house he ran up the side of the tree and we were able to determine it was indeed a FLYING SQUIRREL in our back yard in MISSOURI!
I then continued to research that Missouri has several but there are rare sightings since they are so nocturnal. I have decided to place a feeder in the back yard to possibly entice more into the area, not knowing where this one came from, but they are sooooo cute!! We already have bats, why not flying squirrels?? Thank you very much for the info on your site and the videos. They were very informative and fun! Laurie and Chris -Wentzville, MO
 

And thank you for visiting and sharing your first flying squirrel encounter  with us . At first it is hard to believe, that they are really what we determine them to be. Especially since no doubt they are there all along and we just don't spot them for so long. They are indeed a treat to watch. Hope your feeder proves successful in enticing more of the little guys to become a lot more visible to you. Thanks again for sharing and best of luck with the feeder. Another Missouri dot will be added to our sighting map.

 

Comments from a visitor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

June 3, 2007

Hi

I came across your website and need help. We have a robins nest in our backyard. There were 4 babies that hatched 2 days apart. The first 3 babies left the nest today with the oldest probably about 14 days, the next two about 13 days and the youngest about 12. The babies fluttered a bit and flew over the fence, one came back to the yard and then left again for parts unknown after squawking for Mama for awhile. The last little guy is still in the nest and we have not seen the mother return. The parents were pretty noticeable around the yard previously. The nest is on a post under our patio roof. If we were out in the backyard, they would sit on the fence until they felt it was safe to return. We managed to co-exist peacefully for two weeks.

After the 3 babies left the nest, we could see the mother on the roof urging one baby - that was the last we saw of her. Unfortunately, she has no return yet. The last we saw of her was late afternoon. The last baby is still in the nest and it is night now. What should I do?
Your help appreciated. Thanks
 

Sounds like the timing of your Robins are the same as our 2007 Robin nest which also had a two day delay between the first hatched and the last hatched. This delay carried through also with the fledging timing as the last chick was in the nest a almost two full days after the first. The feeding frequency certainly goes down with the other chicks still requiring feeding after fledging for a while, so not uncommon that the bird would be in the nest alone much of the time. My guess is that the bird is old enough to make the right decision, and will leave the nest on it's own by day's end. Of course the location of your nest may make a difference as far as the frequency of the parents visits. Each of these reports from our visitors, continue to be learning experiences for me as well as you. I can only tell you what I would do , and that is nothing for a day or two, except to vacate the area as much as possible and watch for any action. If after  a day or  so and still with no change, I probably would help the chick out , a little close observation , would probably be enough to cause it to flutter out, then hopefully the male parent would find it . Best of luck and let us know the outcome which I will post . Thanks for visiting and best of luck for a happy outcome.

 

Comments from a visitor in St. Charles, Missouri

June 3, 2007

My neighbor has a Robin nest on her front porch rafters. the eggs have hatched (we can hear the baby chirps & see 2 downy heads), but have not seen Mom Robin in 2 days.
Have not seen a 2nd adult robin that may be Dad Robin.

can the baby Robins be fed anything by humans? is so, what?
is it best to try to take the baby Robins to a Human Society? or would you suggest any other place?

Afraid I have had no experience in trying to be an adoptive parent to wild birds. From what I have seen , that task is a very difficult one. I would certainly call  the Humane Society or perhaps the Missouri dept of Natural Resources. I also suggest you take a look at one of our visitors from Lexington Kentucky experience with trying to care for a rejected Robin Chick. Feeding them is just half the battle, then the question is how to you get them to become self sufficient after 14 or 15 days - a job the male parent usually undertakes for about two weeks after they fledge. Sorry I cannot be more helpful, but would like to hear the outcome of your story. Thank you for visiting and good luck .

See the updates on the baby Robin Dilemma at this link



Comments from a visitor in Waynesville, North Carolina

June 2, 2007

We were very surprised but we have many flying squirrels in our yard that we didn't know that were there. We live in Waynesville, NC and not too far from the main street in town. but we are on a wooded lot, and have deer, squirrels, chipmunks and also fox and wild pigs and rabbits. we just were so surprised and wanted to tell someone. thanks for listening...Betty in NC

Thank you for visiting and your Flying Squirrel report from Waynesville near the Smoky Mountains. Sounds like you have quite a variety of wildlife observation opportunities, right in your yard. Congratulations on discovering the Flyers who no doubt have been there all along. That is the way it was with us and many of our web page visitors.  It is always an exciting discovery and we all usually want to share it with others. So thanks for doing so and adding another North Carolina dot to our sighting map.

You did not mention Coyotes in your yard or Black Bear but suspect you have seen several around. Our Son Lee and wife Julie, got this shot of  a wild Coyote in  nearby Cades Cove last weekend.

http://lynxjet.net/media/Wildlife/Coyote.wmv

Comments from a visitor in Lexington, Kentucky

June 1, 2007

See the updates on the baby Robin Dilemma at this link

Comments from a visitor in New Carlisle, Indiana

June 1, 2007

I have a flying squirrel that is living in my attic, and due to the way the house is built, occasionally comes into the living space. I live in New Carlisle, Indiana. I'll send a better picture if I get one

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Thank you for your report from New Carlisle. Congratulations on having contact with  flying squirrels , I think. I prefer my flying squirrel observations to be in the out side however. Good luck with the pictures, and your miniature cohabiter. Another Indiana dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks for visiting .

Comments from a visitor in Lexington, Kentucky

May 31, 2007

See the updates on the baby Robin Dilemma at this link

 

Comments from a visitor in Lexington, Kentucky

May 31, 2007

Hi! I have enjoyed watching many of your videos while researching robins this season. We have a VERY low robin’s nest…in the lowest branch of our tree in front of our house, directly over the sidewalk leading to our house. Everyone who passes bangs their head on it! Well, we have been avidly watching the nest (didn’t trim branches or hook up a camera, we just watch from the ground since it’s so low! About 5 feet off the ground!)…we started out with three eggs…three hatched…about day 5 or so one was gone. Never saw a carcass, so it must’ve gotten eaten.. L Well, yesterday we were walking into the house and there was one of the babies on the sidewalk! I had read that it’s a myth that you can’t touch them, so I quickly put it back in the nest. I thought all would be well, but a couple hours later, it was back on the ground! At this point, it was almost sunset, and there are cats in our neighborhood, so I decided it needed to come in the house. I called a pet store and the “bird person” there told me to put it in a box with a towel and set that on top of a heating pad. I’m feeding him soaked kitten food about once an hour sunrise to sunset as recommended on several sites. He eats well, seems content, and is pooping on most every feeding. I’m removing the “globs” each time. Now this morning, I called the vet in our area that does wildlife rehab and after hearing my story one of the techs said I seem to be doing everything they’d do and more, so I should keep it up. However, I had a nagging feeling that the best thing to do would be to get that bird back to its momma. The Mom and Dad showed a little interest in him when I set him in the garden to get his sun this morning, so I laid a big folded comforter on the sidewalk and put him back in the nest for round three. Well at first, everything went okay. The parents came with food and there was much squawking…but after an hour or so, there was little Orville (Wright, get it?) back on the ground. On the comforter this time…I was just so afraid he wouldn’t survive another fall! So he’s now back in the house with me…. And I’m concerned about training him outside to “hunt” and fly and avoid predators and all that…and we’re supposed to go to Michigan to see my parents a week from tomorrow…I think he’s about 9 days old. Lots of body feathers, no tail feathers and none under the wings…eyes wide open. The other baby seems a lot bigger, which is probably who keeps shoving him out of the nest. (do you think that’s what’s happening? My husband thinks the robin just built her nest too small???) I’d love to get your opinion on all this! I’ve read that the parents will care for birds left on the ground, near the nest, but that’s a terrible risk with he cats in our neighborhood, right? Also on how old you think he is? I will attach a picture to show you what he looked like yesterday. Thanks so much! I just LOVE your site.
 

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See the updates on the baby Robin Dilemma at this link

Wow, quite a story. Thanks for sharing . Too bad you have not had a camera on the nest to see exactly what was happening. I think your are correct on the age guess. Looks to be in the 8 to 10 day old range. No experience with early outs, but have seen fledges in 12 days, so maybe Orville is just a bit anxious and frisky. Maybe frightened of the other sibling. All of this is just guessing, but one clue might be the unknown fate of the first missing bird. My feeling is though that the best chance for survival long term is that dear old dad can be persuaded to readopt his chick. The four that just fledged here on the May 19 and 21 are still being fed in and on the ground by  the male parent. Sounds like you have been a superlative surrogate parent for the little one, but I would try again to re-home it and try to get them to take care of it. Even if you set it on a limb close to the nest, it might be effective for them to care for it again. Sorry, cannot be more help, but  this would be a learning experience for me too, so please let our visitors know what happens.  Thank you for visiting our web pages and best of luck.
 

Comments from a visitor in Staten Island, New York

May 31, 2007

AFTER VIEWING YOUR PAGE & THE VIDEOS -I WOULD NOT HAVE THE HEART TO REMOVE THE BIRDS NEST THAT IS ATTACHED TO MY HOUSE, I CONTACTED MY HOME OWNERS ASSOCIATION WHERE I LIVE BECAUSE I DID NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE NEST - I AM ASSUMING IT IS HARMLESS & A BEAUTIFUL GIFT OF NATURE, I APPRECIATED YOUR VIDEOS & IT GAVE ME A WHOLE NEW ASPECT ON BIRD NESTS. I USED TO FEEL THEY WERE RATS WITH WINGS - NOW I DO NOT FEEL THAT WAY & ACTUALLY FELT BAD FOR THE MOTHER BIRD THAT THE SNAKE ATE THE EGGS THAT WAS VERY TOUCHING!  Sherry

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Thank you for your comments and visiting our web pages. If the picture is a current one, then the nest should be observed until fledge time and after the fledgling have left the nest, then I would certainly remove it. It is an unhandy place for sure, but you should be able to get some good shots of the hatchlings when they are large enough to rise above the nest rim to receive the morsels . Many of our visitors report light fixture nest, and some even in grills, thereby postponing barbecue time until fledge time. Robins are protected by the  national migratory bird act which imposes that the nest not be interfered with a clutch in progress.  Good luck for a happy outcome for all.

 

Comments from a visitor in O'Fallon, Illinois

May 30, 2007

I have enjoyed watching the videos of the robin hatchlings and seeing them fledge. I have a robin nest outside my window and wanted to know more about the babies. Your videos have helped me know more about them as I can't see the nest all that well in my tree and wanted to know more about them and see how they develop. Thank you for all your work. You have done a great job. I love birds and animals.
I live in O'Fallon, IL
Ann

Thank you for visiting and your thank you very much for your comments. Most of our visitors share a love of nature and the wonders of all the wildlife there for the beholding. Hope your Robin nest family has a successful and happy fledging day soon.
 

Comments from a visitor in Mississippi

May 30, 2007

Hello - I've enjoyed reading your Robin blog and looking at your pictures and video. I  have a question...I've discovered a Robin's nest in one of my crepe myrtles. Its been about a week or so since I first noticed - and I check on it every day. Out of curiosity but also because I have two cats that go outside occasionally (wanna make sure they haven't discovered anything). Anyway - today is the first day that I haven't seen the mother on the nest at all. I've checked several times today and the nest is there - but no momma. Its too high for me to see inside but I do know that at least one baby has hatched because I saw its little beak sticking up a few days ago while the momma was sitting on the side of the nest.
Do you think my presence made her abandon the nest? Or am I just missing her due to her constant hunts for baby food??

Thank you for visiting our pages. My first thought is that if there are hatchlings in the nest it usually is a very busy time for both Robin parents. Observing from a safe distance, would surely reveal some number of feeding trips to the nest. If you saw a beak sticking out of the nest a few days ago, and now see nothing including no parents, then I would assume the worst. Snakes, squirrels, cats , and predator birds could have raided the nest and destroyed the hatchlings. Of course also something could have happened to parents or parent, but unless it happened to both would expect one of them to try to keep up with the feeding .  I guess by now you know pretty much if you have seen any activity today, and do hope that you have. At any rate good luck and thanks again for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Decatur, Illinois

May 27, 2007

Spotted a flying squirrel in our backyard tree where we feed birds and raccoons. Went out after dark on May 23 to leave the nightly snacks for raccoons that have visited us for a couple of years. Heard scampering, scratching sounds in the tree, that were obviously not raccoon related.....looked up about 4-5 feet above my head and spotted a creature that almost looked bat like.....it was afraid to move and I was afraid to move and scare it! I slowly backed away and returned to the house to turn off the large flood light that illuminates the entire back yard. I got a flashlight and went back out to have a better, less intrusive look and was delighted to see what I determined to be a flying squirrel - still frozen in the same position on the tree trunk. He scurried back up the tree after a minute or two and so far - no more sightings. I am preparing to make the area more "flying squirrel friendly" with a box and food that they like. Hoping the coons can't catch them?? We have a lot of regular squirrels, but was very happy to find this species here in Decatur Illinois.
 

Congratulations on seeing the flyers for the first time. Most of us usually think bat when we first discover them as many of our visitors atest. Bet some sunflower hearts in a feeder attached to the tree would reveal several of the little critters. Of course they would have to eat quickly as the raccoons would take most of it . Best of luck in keeping them around, they are fun to watch. Thank you for sharing your discovery and visiting our pages. Another Illinois dot will be added to our sighting map.


Comments from a visitor in Ridgewood, New Jersey

May 27, 2007

Well MY robin nest was all text book - and soo cute here in Ridgewood in New Jersey! What a privilege to see. But by all my calculations my 4 fledglings left at 12 days old! After the fledglings go out of the nest do they "hang around" under the nest for a couple days? Do you think I might see them about? Do they hop or fly about? I suppose they will be just using the bushes around for cover for awhile.........
I read that the father robin tends to them for awhile after they leave the nest. Is that true?
Thanks!!!
Gwenn H.
 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Robin nest story. Your four Fledglings left on the early side of the departure range of 12 to 15 or 16 days. They will be around for a couple of weeks, keeping hidden behind shrubbery, and or on low limbs in trees. The father parent will look after them for about two weeks, first feeding them, and then teaching them to get their own. . I saw our four fledglings this afternoon doing just that and Father was bringing worms to them in the shrubbery.

 

 

 

Comments from a visitor in La Jolla , California

May 26, 2007

I CAN'T TELL YOU HOW VERY MUCH WE HAVE ENJOYED YOUR ROBIN STORY. WE ARE NEWCOMERS TO THE CREATION OF THESE WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL BIRDS .WE HAVE LIVED IN THIS HOUSE IN LA JOLLA CALIFORNIA FOR 45 YEARS. OUR YARD IS ALWAYS ALIVE WITH BIRDS OF ALL KINDS BUT THIS SPRING SOMETHING WONDERFUL HAPPENED. WE HAVE A WREATH ON OUR FRONT DOOR THAT WE ORDERED FROM A CATALOG SEVERAL YEARS AGO. I BELIEVE IT'S MADE OF SOME STRAW AND FINE BRANCHES AND ADORNED WITH SEASHELLS. (WE LIVE NEAR THE BEACH)
THE BEGINNING OF THIS MONTH, (MAY 2007) I WAS COMING THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR AND A ROBIN FLEW OFF OF THE WREATH. WHEN I PEEKED IN I SAW A TINY NEST AND ONE BLUE EGG. I COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES. WE ARE A BIG FAMILY AND USE THE FRONT DOOR MANY TIMES A DAY. FOR THE THREE DAYS THAT FOLLOWED THREE MORE EGGS APPEARED AS WELL AS A LARGE SIGN MY 12 YEAR OLD GREAT-GRANDAUGHTER WROTE SAYING "DO NOT USE THIS DOOR*** BABY BIRDS IN PROGRESS" EACH DAY HAS BEEN A TRUE LOVE STORY. WE HAVE SILENTLY WATCHED FOUR BLUE EGGS TURN INTO FOUR PRECIOUS CHICS AND AS OF TODAY THE FIRST HAS LEFT THE NEST AS WE FOUND TEARS FALLING FROM OUR EYES.
FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY THIS HAS BEEN A WONDERFULLY JOYFUL EXPERIENCE THAT NONE OF US WILL EVER FORGET AND I'M SURE EACH TIME WE SEE A ROBIN FROM NOW ON WE'LL WONDER IF IT IS AN OFFSPRING OF ONE OF OUR BABIES.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL PICTURES AND STORY AND GOD BLESS.

And thank you Carter family for sharing your lovely story with all our visitors. What a wonderful opportunity for a close up life lesson to all of us but especially to our children. I have found that a Robin pair raising a clutch is an especially effective example for so many positive traits that human kind might well  emulate. Dedication, faithfulness, teamwork, pulling together, know how, and even a little of the frog and the prince story. They are really not the most beautiful creatures, when they first enter the world, but in 12  to 14 short days, they are transformed into true beauties. Perhaps the reason, robins are so plentiful, and so available to observe by us --- Sent to teach , EH?
 

Comments from a visitor in San Clemente, California

May 26, 2007

I am one of the many people that have been checking your website daily to hear about your wife’s progress. I’m so thankful to hear that she is back at home and things seem to be improving. I will still remember her in my thoughts and prayers for her continued recovery. I don’t know her personally but somehow I know that she must be a very, very special lady. I have found that anyone who appreciates nature the way Peg obviously does is someone that I would feel very lucky to know. Give her my best regards and that her friend from San Clemente, CA is thinking of her.I also thank you for taking the time to give us an update on the success of this year’s robins nest. I will continue to check in regularly .Take care and God bless,

Thank you for your concern, thoughts and prayers. They are much appreciated. Thank you also for being a regular visitor to our wildlife and especially the  Robins pages.  Hopefully , there will be ample opportunity to do other wildlife projects in the future, and will be completing the 2007 Wildlife journal in the next few days.

 

Comments from a visitor in Louisville, Kentucky

May 25, 2007

My husband and I had a robin make a nest on the wreath on our front door! Three babies hatched last Sunday and are thriving nicely. I looked on your web page (I found it via a google search) to see when they will start flying and much to my surprise - we live in Louisville too!

Thanks for visiting our Robin pages, and congrats on having the opportunity to watch them from so close. If they hatched last Sunday, then I would guess they will probably fledge before next Sunday, but perhaps even next Sunday. The range I have seen is from 12 to 15 or 16 days. I think the more obscure the nest the longer they will dwell in it. You are among many of our visitors who report nest in wreaths and on doors or porches and best wishes for a good fledge and a happy ending, with three more Robins to join in the February Louisville  holly berry feast.

Comments from a visitor in Rochester, New York

May 23, 2007


I had sent my question about the fledglings (my Golden Retriever had caught one) at the same time your wife was hospitalized, so please do not feel burdened about responding on your site. I put the baby back in the now empty nest, then had to leave for a few hours. The nest was empty by the time I returned, so I have to assume the baby was able to fly or something else got it. It didn't seem critically injured. I kept my dog tied up for the remainder of that day and the next, until the parents were no longer heard in our yard when we went outside.
I hope your wife is recovering well, you both have been in my prayers. Your website is wonderful, I wish my parents had a computer, my mother would love to see all that it contains. A robin nested in her front door wreath this Spring, so they used only the back door until the one baby fledged. Even the mailman was quiet when delivering the mail!
Best wishes for a complete recovery for your wife.

Thank you for your prayers for us during this unexpected harrowing two weeks. Still a ways to go, but improvement and stabilization seems now to be on the rise. Pulmonary Embolism is the diagnosis and trying to get the meds just right have been the challenge. Thank you also for your visits to our pages, and sharing your story and I am happy to hear the retrieved fledgling apparently fledged again. I think you are correct on the two day caution . They learn quickly to get into branches after fledging even though the parents (primarily the male) will feed them for several days afterward.

 

Comments from a visitor in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey

May 22, 2007

Hello, I enjoyed reading your journal of the 7 baby robins (from two nests) from 2005 April through May. I loved the titles for the sections. I learned a lot from your meticulous and dedicated observations. Thank you!
Removing a nest: A bird built a nest in an artificial tree in my lower patio next to the stoop. I saw only two eggs. She did her sitting and flying away routines. Sadly, on the third day or fourth, no eggs were there and a little piece of eggshell was on one of the silk leaves. I took the nest out of the tree because it was beautiful and made with some dried leaves from my iris plants of last year and I wanted to keep it and show it to my grandchildren.
My son and I have observed, not two weeks past, now, that there is a robin coming back to the patio tree or railing next to it.
--Could she/he be looking for the nest?
--Do robins lay two sets or more of eggs in a season? [important question!]
--Should I put the nest back--granted, it will be sort of balanced.
--Could a squirrel have taken the eggs? -- How would he know eggs are there? Squirrels don't normally come up the stoop and onto the railing?
--Would a chipmunk do it?
--Maybe another bird who has been observing, like your cowbird story?
We were very sad, but maybe I have interrupted something by taking out the nest. What should I do?
After a big rain storm last week, during the time the robin probably stayed on those two eggs, another nest in the woods was dislodged, for I saw it on the ground this week. Surely it had been blow out of the big, real tree. It was made of different material, so I think it wasn't a robin's nest. No evidence of eggs; could have been a nest from 06.
Thanks for all your lovely journal.
 

Thank you for visiting our web pages and your comments. Your prose composition comments are much appreciated. If your nest had two eggs and the Robin had actually started the incubation process, and then the eggs were gone from the nest with evidence of a broken shell, I would say she probably was through with it, at least for the time being. Now Robins usually have at least two clutches and sometimes three in a season. I have read where Robins will sometimes return to a nest to reuse it , but I have never personally  seen a Robin's nest reused by a Robin.  Possibly the Robin in the tree might have been returning to try again in the removed nest, but even so since something removed the eggs previously, it is likely a second attempt in the same location might have ended up with the same result. Since  a Robin can build a nest in three to five days ,  your nest removal after the first failure, should not be cause for regret.  I doubt if placing it back in the tree would prove fruitful. As to the likely culprit who destroyed the eggs, all of your suppositions are possible. Squirrels, have an uncanny way of finding and reaching any food source and Chipmunks also will take the eggs. Perhaps another bird could also be the villain.  It's likely that your Robin has already built a second nest nearby, and started its second clutch. Thanks again

 

Comments from a visitor in Parker, Colorado

May 22, 2007

I am so sorry to hear of your wife's illness... I pray a speedy recovery for her. Thanks so much for your Robin blog. I have enjoyed it immensely. We have had a Robin's nest on our garage that we have been watching closely the last few weeks. I have never been to interested in birds - but watching "Larry, Moe, Curly and Schemp" grow up has been fascinating. Today was the day the four fledglings ventured out into the world and I am sad to see them go. The nest was stuffed so full I was sure it would burst, when suddenly they all hopped out at once after another bird flew too close and startled them. They have scattered in different directions and I watched the Momma and Poppa Robin's frantic efforts to keep track of where they landed. I hope they all survive the next few days as fledglings and make it in the big, wide world!
I am hoping for another group to appear in the nest soon.

This photo is from Friday May 18th.

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Thank you for your thoughts and prayers . Thank you also for visiting our web pages and sharing your Robin story with a most happy ending. Great picture too. Best of luck on any future nest repeats and if they do show up in the same nest, please let us know

 

Comments from a visitor in Girard, Illinois

May 20, 2007

Flying Squirrels

I just discovered your site when trying to identify the little critters that were waking me up in the middle of the night with their interesting conversations. I could tell with a flashlight that the sound was coming from a hole in the big Burr Oak tree right outside my deck and sliding doors. When I shined the light on it, the sound would stop. Then my cats became intrigued every night on the inside of the same doors. Finally, by watching my cats, I was able to see what they were seeing. The hole is right above a hanging sunflower seed basket, and a suet feeder. They are finally comfortable enough for me to shine a flashlight on them and really see what they look like.
I live at a small private lake west of Girard, Il, in northern Macoupin County. I think Quincy, Il is the closest place on your map to our lake. I just moved here last summer. I saw them last summer, but thought they were bats when I saw them flying. It wasn't until my cats could hear them running up and down the bark on the tree that I ruled out bats. There are about 300 homes on this lake, and I haven't found anyone who has seen them before. My neighbors have lived here since 1982. When I told them I had definitely identified the mystery critters as flying squirrels, they asked me if I had a bottle of wine with my campfire. I took some pictures last night, but they are blurry from holding a flashlight in one hand and the camera in the other. If I get a second person some night, I hope to get better pictures. But there's no doubt that's what I have. They are just about the cutest little things I've ever seen. One cuter critter I got to see in the Philippines was a Tarsir. They are protected, but the rehab staff can find them in a natural habitat and point them out to visitors. If you're not familiar with them, do a web search on them. They could be cousins somewhere back in the annals of time.
 

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Flying Squirrel story. Always a special treat to see them and identify them the first time. I agree the Tarsir Monkey certainly has a similar face and especially the big eyes.  another dot will be added for Girard Illinois on our FS sighting map. Thanks again for your comments.

Comments from a visitor in West Chester, Ohio

May17, 2007

I would just like to thank you for your wonderful website. I first found it when I was looking for information on what to expect when a pair of robins built a nest in my patio at the end of March. We had eggs by Easter weekend and four hatchlings (despite sub-freezing temperatures) two weeks later. One of the hatchlings did not make it past day 2, but I am happy to report that the other 3 all fledged the nest less than two weeks after that.
Since then, I have been monitoring the progress of your new nest, and have really enjoyed the updates. I am very sorry to hear about your wife's medical emergency. My thoughts and prayers will be with you both for a quick and full recovery. Again, thank you for sharing the wonderful nature stories happening in your backyard.

Thank you very much for your thoughts and prayers. She is much better as I write this on May 27. Still several hurdles to get over but we have been doing that together for the last 53 years, and God willing we will get over this one as well. Thank you also for regular visits to the 2007 journal, which was interrupted for a time but hopefully now I will be able to finish the daily updates in arrears. Congrats also to your successful Robin Fledging report, adding three more to the Ohio Robin population.

 

Comments from a visitor in Colorado Springs, Colorado

May 15, 2007


Hi, I have really enjoyed reading your page. I am sorry to hear about your emergency. I hope and pray all is well. I found your page when I was looking for some answers about robins. I have a nest on top of my front door’s wreath. I have been watching it carefully and even made a sign so everyone would carefully approach our door. My daughters have enjoyed watching the birds and we done much reading on the topic of robins. I am worry that something has happened to the mother bird. I haven’t seen or heard her for 24 hours. It has been very cold and windy here. She laid her third egg on Sunday and very diligently watched over them all day. On Monday, bad weather rolled in and I haven’t seen her since. Do you think she will be back? I am absolutely heart broken about these little eggs. We live in a new house and there is a lot of new home construction going on in the front. Do you think she got spooked? If she doesn’t come back, what should I do about the nest? I know I can’t help the little eggs but should I just leave them and the nest there?
Thank you and take care,
 

Thank you for visiting and your kind thoughts about my wife's medical problems. I am sorry I could not post my reply until now and by now what ever was to be with those eggs is known by you. If I had been able to reply in a timely manner, I would have suggested leaving the eggs for a few days anyway. Sometimes they will not begin incubation until all the eggs are laid . I have also seen similar absence of the Parent Robin for a day or two after and egg or two has been laid, then return and complete the egg production and then start the incubation process. Eggs getting cool before incubation has begun is not a problem so doubt if the weather harmed the eggs. Of course something could have happened to the parents that prevented them from returning. Please let us know what the actual outcome was and I will post your update for our visitors. Thanks again

 

Comments from a visitor in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

May 15, 2007

I live in Bucks County PA and have been watching a song sparrow for a week. All five eggs have hatched, but there is one egg resting on lower branches. I'm not sure whether it is a song sparrow egg or not. I also have chipping sparrows, house sparrows and purple finches nesting in the same row of bushes. I'm not sure who is who anymore! I'll have to invest in a good book with egg pictures. Though I'd love to set up a video camera like you did. I really enjoyed your site. Thanks!
 

Thank you for visiting and from the variety of sparrows and finches you describe, would be a great place to set up a remote camera to record many wild bird sagas. Best of luck with that project if you try it.

Comments from a visitor in location not specified

May 15, 2007

Your saga has been so helpful. I'm not a birder, but this week, I discovered a cardinal nest in the top of a crape myrtle, which is at eye level off my back deck. I'm worried that the nest is starting to tilt, and as the two babies get bigger, I'm afraid one of them will fall out. I'm watching as best I can....I haven't seen the father for days, and the mother is still frequently on the nest. It is a joy to watch their lives unfold.

Thanks for visiting and sharing your Cardinal Story. Hope it is more successful than any Cardinal clutch I have observed with remote camera. Let us know how it ended and thanks again

 

Comments from a visitor in Rochester, New York

May 15, 2007

I found your site when I was trying to find information about Robins fledging. What a wonderful site! I plan to fully explore it. I have been watching a nest in one of our pine trees for the past couple of weeks. This morning I came home from dropping my son off at school to a swirl of birds around the tree. The parents were trying to chase several birds away from the nest. I went out with my 8 month old Golden Retriever (who usually chases the birds away) and was horrified to see him run back with one of the baby Robins in his mouth! I didn't realize the babies were trying to fly. That was what the commotion was about. I got the baby out of his mouth, and returned it to the nest. It didn't seem too harmed, but it was hard to tell, I couldn't just leave it on the grass. The other 3 had already flown out. I was only able to spot one on the ground, he flew under a bush. They are definitely around, because the parents start sounding the alarm the minute I go out there. Our yard is fenced in, but I am tying up the dog so he can't get to the birds again. How long should I keep my dog tied? When will the birds be strong enough to fly away when he approaches? I feel so bad that it was my own dog that got one of the babies.

Thanks for visiting and your comments. See your second posting on May 23 entry above for my belated reply.

 

Flying Squirrel Pictures from Ingleside Illinois

May 13, 2007

Here are a few photos to go along with the comments I posted from the Dausmans's on April 23rd

Thank you- Your pictures are posted on the Dausman page. Click on the thumbnail below

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Comments from a visitor in Frankfort, Illinois

May 11,  2007

we have a robin's nest on our pergola out our kitchen back door. The eggs just hatched yesterday or this morning. My kids, age 4 and 6, have watched the whole process. It's supposed to be low of 40 with whipping wind tonite. I hope they make it. I just watched the 2004/snake video. Great site. I am going to show my kids tomorrow the "not so scarrey" videos. Thanks for sharing. Kris, Frankfort, IL (south chi-town burbs). 5-11-07

A great opportunity for your children to watch the creation process. The 40 degree temps wont hurt them, as mom will keep them warm, if the winds don't dislodge the nest. Bet that won't happen either. Here's hoping anyway. Thanks for visiting our pages and good luck with the nest.

To your follow up question, I believe that it is OK to put a bird back in the nest. I did it with a baby cardinal that had be removed from the nest by a Cowbird. The bird was immediately cared for by the parents with no interruption . The single bird did not make it and expired in the nest about 4 days later. I believe more due to the Cowbird rough treatment than to my handling. I also used plastic disposable gloves to replace the bird.

Comments from a visitor in Barrie, Ontario Canada

May 06, 2007

I just learned I have a new robins nest building off my kitchen deck, 10 feet away from the barbeque. i immediately went to the internet to determine what to do and what the timing would be . i will leave them alone, but no barbequing for me for awhile, given the information from your site. It will be fun to observe and I will not let my 2 cats get to close either (they can use the other deck). Thanks for the good info from your site and the videos I watched!

Thank you for visiting and good luck with the chance to observe the miracle. Looks like it will be well in to June before the barbequing can begin.

Comments from a visitor in San Clemente, California

May 01, 2007

I was thrilled to see you’ve decided to follow another robin’s nest this season. And yes, I really like the new format you’re using. I am crossing my fingers and toes that these four eggs survive. I can’t wait to fire up my computer each morning to check on the progress! Thank you again for your dedicated work with my favorite backyard bird.
 

Thank you for your regular visits to our  2007 Wildlife Journal and the latest Robin nest adventure. Hope it turns out as well as last years nest but anything can happen and so far, they have survived the Crows, Squirrel, and Chipmunk threats to the eggs.

Comments from a visitor in Goshen, Indiana

April 26, 2007

Last night we saw our flying squirrels for the third night in a row. The first two nights there was only one, and last night there were three. They are amazing! We watched them eating the corn off of our squirrel feeder for an hour and a half last night. They come out at about 10 p.m. We also noticed for the first time last night that there seems to be a small nest in the tree. It looks so small for three squirrels to fit in, but that must be were they are living! Any suggestions on how we can encourage them to stay around? A favorite food? Should we put a squirrel house in the tree?
 

Thank you for your Flyer report from Northern Indiana. If this was a first sighting, then congratulations are in order. I believe that Flyers will usually make a den in hollow trees and or the heaviest of covered sturdy branches and I have never seen a den or nest in our trees as most of the flyers "fly in " from a nearby heavily wooded area. If you see a nest that you believe are where they sleep all day, that would be interesting. We have always had great luck in keeping them around here for the last 14 years and feed them exclusively sunflower hearts in a platform feeder. We found they seemed to go after the hearts, even more than corn. No experience with a squirrel house, although many of our visitors report using them and also finding them taking up residence in some bird houses. If interested in trying a house, there are many plans available on the internet. Just search for flying squirrel house. Thanks for visiting and your report and good luck in keeping the little guys around . Another Indiana dot will be added to our Sighting map.

 

Comments from a visitor in Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri

April 25, 2007

We were delighted this past week with the first sightings of our flying squirrels. It was early evening and we were entertaining company from out of state...patio door was open and a chirping came from the the oak tree near the deck. Out we all went to check it out, too dark for birds! And then it flew...a bat the first thought, but with flashlight in hand, we saw our first "southern flying squirrel". It soon came back, with a friend and landed in the bird feeder hanging from an adjacent oak tree. We quickly when on line to confirm their existence and found your sight. They have come back every night and we now count three. We are looking forward to an entertaining summer with our new friends.
 

Great news from Osage Beach. Congratulations on seeing them for the first time and especially nice to share that experience with out of town visitors. It is usually always a thrill to spot them and with numbers already at the feeders will be especially rewarding if the numbers increase . Thanks for visiting and sharing your first sighting with our visitors. Another Missouri dot will be added to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Charleston, South Carolina

April 23, 2007

Subject: Cardinal Hatchlings

Hello, I live in Charleston, sc and have been observing a nest right outside our backyard window. Everything has been fine up until today so I did a google search and found your story about the one that was taken, found and replaced, then passed a few days later. A very sad story. We had two of three eggs hatch and were being fed regularly by mom and dad…eyes opened about a day or two ago. Now, no sign of momma. I see dad in the yard kinda guarding the nest from afar, but no mom all day today. I read where the mom usually stays until they take flight and I’m worried now. Any suggestions?

Thanks for sharing your Cardinal nest information with our visitors. Sounds a bit strange but if there are two -eye opened hatchlings - in the nest and nether are being fed by either of the parents then the outcome does not sound good for their survival. Both parents usually feed the young and fledge time can be around  10 days which would be within a few days of eye opening time. perhaps they are trying to coax the two hatchlings to leave, or perhaps something happened to the female. Since both of my close observations of cardinal nest have ended in Cowbird induced tragedy, I cannot speak first hand about how a successful brood goes. I will still be looking for that opportunity. I do however think after close observations of Robins with several successful nest , that the Robin is a much more polished and responsible parent than is the Cardinal. Just my observation, but then I see a great deal more Robins than Cardinals. Hmm. Thanks for visiting and good luck to your Cardinal Nest

Comments from a visitor in San Clemente, California

April 18, 2007

I have lived in San Clemente, CA for the past 12 years. San Clemente is a coastal city halfway between LA and San Diego. Our bird population is limited to various shorebirds, lots of hummingbirds and a limited number of “backyard birds”. I lived most of my life “Back East” as we say here and I desperately miss the backyard birds that I grew up with and enjoyed. I found your website over a year ago when I was looking for anything related to American Robins which is my favorite bird and the bird that I miss the most. I have enjoyed following your “Robin Nest Blogs” for the past couple of years and was looking forward to it starting up again this spring. I have checked your website almost daily lately and I don’t see any new entries….are you planning on following a nest this spring? I hope so. Thank you for all the work you put into your website…A fellow bird lover

Thank you for visiting and your much appreciated comments. I am never quite  sure what wildlife activity opportunity will lend itself to a potential WEB project  possibility. Something usually does and so the 2007 Wildlife Journal is now underway. I have also made additions to the Backyard Wildlife  Directory which is an ongoing project to photograph and video, and record wildlife sounds for all the species visiting our back yard. Hopefully this one will never be complete as something new seems to show up each year. Thanks again for visiting our pages.

Comments from a visitor in Folsom, Louisiana

April 13, 2007

We accidentally discovered that a flying squirrel has nested in a birdhouse about 50 feet from our back door. My husband was straightening the birdhouse when she surprised him and raced up the tree. I’m attaching a photo taken before she returned to the birdhouse. Any tips on observation without disturbing her more?

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Great discovery and a great opportunity to observe especially if a family is raised in the bird house.  Of course with these guys, they are nocturnal and are rarely seen during the daylight hours. Perhaps a platform feeder placed near the tree with some sunflower hearts presented at dusk might induce them to be easily observable. Then try to avoid the birdhouse as long as she or they are occupying it. Thanks for visiting and your report from Louisiana. Another dot will be added to our sighting map .



Comments from a visitor in Oklahoma

April 11, 2007

The robins didn't make it, but they've left me with some great memories and a few awesome pictures.

Too bad about the parents seemingly abandoning the nest. Perhaps the location while offering a great observatory for you was just not the best location for the nest. Perhaps the parents met with an unfortunate event preventing them from returning. Thanks for the update and our visitors can check out your Robn Blog Entry .

http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-eQuxxsIwbrIWYqPpztyyeRxC1g--?cq=1&p=566

 

Comments from a visitor in Overland Park, Kansas

April 10, 2007

Flying Squirrel Sighting- Sedalia Missouri

Saw the little guy in the middle of the road around the Sedalia, Missouri area, looking a little dazed and confused. When I scooped him up and put him in the grass area, he ran back in the street. After several attempts of doing this I took a blanket and tried to move him that way. He jumped into the blanket and just cuddled in. I want to return him to the place I found him, but I am concerned he will do the same thing he did before. Any thoughts?

Determined little cuss this flyer who wants to be on the road again and again. Assuming you have it in your care now, guess my thought would be to release it in almost any tree growth area.  I would release it in my own back yard. Not sure from your note if it is a full size adult or a semi helpless young one.  Perhaps a call to the Kansas or Missouri Natural Resource Department would be the best bet . Thanks for sharing your sighting and let us know the outcome. Another Missouri dot has been added to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Oklahoma

April 9, 2007

Update to the Oklahoma Robin nest-- see entry March 26, 2007  below.

Yesterday (Easter Sunday) we were blessed with our first hatchling in our robin's nest. I managed to snap a few pictures when the parent birds were away from the nest, but I did not push my luck & always did it as quickly as possible so as not to intrude. With the nest on our porch & right next to the steps it was thrilling to see the robins up close & seemingly fearless of us. Each time I passed by I had the feeling that I could reach out & touch them, but of course did not try. I did offer her some tangerine slices the day before (Sat) and she even let me take her picture before fliting away and startling both of us. I know it was foolish of me to think that I could actually hand-feed her, but she seemed so tame sitting on her nest as we come & go that I couldn't resist giving it a try. While she didn't take it from my hand, she did return later for it.

When I came home from work this evening I was pleased to see that we had three hatchlings leaving only one egg unhatched. I fed mother robin some nice meal worms which she gobbled up quickly from a dish left on the porch. Later on I ventured out to clean the birdbath & add fresh water and she was feeding the young. At first she stopped, but later continued feeding as I went about cleaning the birdbath. When I finished she flew away and a neighbor then came over to take a brief look at the hatchlings. I then went back in the house & periodically checked on our new family from our living room window. To my dismay the parent birds have been no where in sight for over an hour, possibly close to two hours and I now fear they may have abandoned the nest (it's now nearly 9 pm CST). Can you tell me if this is typical bird behavior? I'm concerned that the young may not survive the night as the temperatures have been unseasonably cold this past week. I did notice that the mother bird looked like she was ready to pop & wondered if it's possible that she's off laying more eggs in another nest. I understand that they don't feed the young at night, but I thought they would at least sit on the nest at night to keep them warm. I'm so afraid that I somehow scared them off. There have been several times over the past couple of weeks when I've noticed the birds gone for long periods of time & each time I worry that they've abandoned the nest. However, this is the first time that it's happened since the eggs have hatched.

Thanks for the update. Sounds like your nest is doing well so far especially for such an accessible location for Robin Nest predators. By now hopefully the robin parents have returned to the nest and hopefully the female is keeping the hatchlings warm. I have seen them away for at least an hour especially right around dusk and she always returned to spend the night brooding her chicks. Of course there is always the unexpected event and tragedy could befall either of the parents which would greatly curtail the chances for hatchling survival. I have attached the link to your latest BLOG entry and our visitors can follow your Robin Story. Thanks again

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Comments from a visitor in Ingleside, Illinois

April 3, 2007

Tonight, about 8:30, we watched, and got some good snapshots of a small flying squirrel, just off our deck. It was eating suet/birdseed that was enclosed in a cage, dangling from a tree rope. We moved within 2 feet of it, but it didn't seem bothered by us! It stayed around about a half hour. The Dausmans

Thank you for your report from Northern Illinois. From the number of reports and sighting map dots in your general vicinity- it appears there to be a healthy population of the Flyers around the lake Michigan regions. If you saw one then there is most likely a number of them and hopefully they can be observed often. If your pictures are in JPG format and if you would like them posted on a page for your sightings, just send them to the Comments address . Thanks again for visiting and your report.

Thank you- Your pictures are posted on the Dausman page. Click on the thumbnail below

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Comments from a visitor in Fairmount, Illinois

April 3, 2007

Flying squirrel sighting at Fairmount, Illinois on April 2, 2007, in our backyard. I did not think there were any flying squirrels here. I thought they were in countries other than the United States. What a cute little critter.

Cute indeed and a treat to watch. Congratulations on becoming a member of the Flying Squirrel "have seen " society. Thank you for visiting and your comments. Another sighting dot will be added to our Flying Squirrel Sighting Map.

Comments from a visitor - Location not Specified (perhaps Oklahoma)

March 26, 2007

I really enjoyed my visit to your page which I came across this evening while trying to research info on the nesting habits of the American Robin. Just last week a robin chose to build her nest in a half-empty flower pot on our front porch! I was fortunate to witness at least part of the construction (in utter amazement, I might add). Once the nest was complete, she seemed to have abandoned it for a few days only to reappear over the weekend and lay two beautiful bright blue eggs! I also managed to snap some grainy photos of her on the nest through our living room window, but I haven't attempted to walk out onto the porch to take photos when she's on the nest for fear that I'll scare her away. I've attached one of the better photos of the eggs and here are some links to my blog where I have written about the progress as it unfolds.

Part 1    http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-eQuxxsIwbrIWYqPpztyyeRxC1g--?cq=1&p=438

Part 2    http://blog.360.yahoo.com/blog-eQuxxsIwbrIWYqPpztyyeRxC1g--?cq=1&p=470

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Thank you for visiting Our Robin Nest  pages and sharing your Robin Story. Definitely the time when all over this wonderful Spring Time world the mating parings have begun in earnest and blue, and green, and spotted , eggs will be appearing in miracle nest - and some in the most unusual places, like flower pots and grills and light fixtures. Perhaps Robins offer the best chance for this spectacle to be observed close up and personal which is always a learning experience no matter what the age of the observer.  The spectacle is not always with the happiest of endings , however, as only 40% of all Robin clutches will produce surviving  fledglings . Hoping your Robin family is in that 40% and through your BLOG our visitors can follow your story as it unfolds. Thanks again for visiting and best of luck with your adventure.

 

Comments from a visitor in Bellingham, Massachusetts

March 23, 2007

Wanted to share with you that we live in Bellingham, Massachusetts, an RV Park, ours is next to the woods, we put the bird food out @ night
for the morning, and as of Jan 07 noticed what I thought were baby squirrels but it was night, two of them come down the tree and get the bird food, so we put a stand out there on the tree with the food, and they come right down and nibble on Wild delight bird food, mixture of nutmeats etc, they are out there around midnight to 2 in the morning. Then they flew, I have NEVER SEEN a flying squirrel, awesome! So it is a routine now every night, we share a little time together, we can stand a foot away from them. I am so excited to be a part of this, we are middle aged and first time seeing this creature and feel honored, they are adorable. They are only about 6 to 7 feet from the door of our airstream. Thanks for your attention Jeanne and Peter
 

Thank you for sharing your Flying Squirrel Adventure with our Visitors. Great Pictures too and from the temperature readings certainly provides evidence  that they do not hibernate in the cold months. Your sense of awe and excitement  is pretty much shared by all of us who have been fortunate to have had close contact with these amazing creatures. Your pictures are now on your page with the link below. Thanks very much for visiting and contributing to our Flying Squirrel information archive.

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Click on the picture to go to the Jeanne and Peter Flying Squirrel page

 

Comments from a visitor Location Unknown

March 8, 2007

Hello,
My name is Chris and I own a tree service and I cut down a tree and these little baby squirrels where on the the ground I think they were the flying ones because the tree landed on the mother I think . Now I have three little ones and I am trying to feed them. but maybe you can help me with them please! Thank you, Chris

 If they are flyers you should see the webbing between their legs and torso.  At any rate  I am afraid that I do not have any experience with raising them or  rescuing them  . I might suggest you visit  the forum at http://voy.com/81231/   or perhaps contact your state Department of Natural Resources. Sorry I could not help but thank you very much for visiting and good luck with the orphaned little ones. Let us know how it all turns out and what is the area you found them .

 

Comments from a visitor in Evansville, Indiana

March 3, 2007

Hello-
Our Husky pup was barking last night--I went to investigate--on top of the neighbors carport was something that looked like a cross between a mouse and a miniature squirrel
Called the Humane Society and our local wooded wildlife habitat-they told us it was a flying squirrel--they said sightings are very rare-because they sleep during the day.
I am located in Evansville, Indiana (SWestern part of the state). The wild life habitat -Wesselman's Woods, told us to wait until dark-and then release it, where we found it--right now it is in a safe place in our garage--away from our Huskies--we have given it water--little bits of carrots,broccoli and almonds.
We will definitely get pictures before we release it.  It is very cute
Joni P  

 Thank you for sharing your flying squirrel story, and from the sound of it this must be a first for you. Congratulations on joining the ranks of those of us who have actually observed these little wild critters. It is usually a rare and exciting treat to see them for the first time. Another Indiana dot will be added to our sighting map for the Evansville area. Your Pictures are now posted . Click on the picture below to view all in full size and the release back into the wild.

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Comments from a visitor in Independence, Ohio

February 25, 2007

Never too old to learn.  We are in our 70's and had never heard of these tiny flying squirrels nor had we seen them until early February, 2007.  We live 13 miles south of Cleveland in Independence, OH and have a large deck on the back of the house with three banks of sliding glass doors in the family room.  In the winter we put a large three sided wood box up to one door so we can just open the door and bring in wood for the fireplace.  On the top of the box we put bird feed and sunflower seeds for the birds and squirrels-the latter always playing king of the mountain, my husband says.
Late one night-really about 1 a.m. in the morning, my husband thought he saw a chipmunk on top of the box but when turning on the lights we saw the tiniest squirrel.
We watched him a long time and finally took the attached pictures. We saw him leap from the box to the rail of the deck-a long distance for a tiny squirrel, we thought.
We were visiting friends in CA last week and they got on the Internet and thought it was a Wyoming ground squirrel.  We were just about to send the pictures to our local park rangers in Cuyahoga Valley National Park or the Metropolitan park system when my husband told the story to Susan Halco who with her husband operates a demonstration farm in the national park.  It just so happened that her daughter had brought home a book from the library on squirrels and she recalled reading about flying squirrels-
mystery solved when my husband saw the pictures in the book.  So we got on the Internet and found your site.  Reading the other comments, I am struck at how our reactions were similar to many others.
I attach two pictures we took of our visitor who we have not seen since that first sighting.
This winter we have witnessed much more wildlife than ever before-we had a cold January with only a few days above freezing and one of the worst blizzards in more than 30 years.
We always have a herd of 10-12 deer who roam through our acre of land but the other day my husband noticed the squirrels suddenly disappeared from the feeder and the deck and trees where they are usually waiting their turn to get at the seeds.  Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a young deer racing through the backyard with a red fox in pursuit.  We haven't seen a red fox on our land since 1961! 
This afternoon for the first time a possum visited the wood box twice-never have seen them out during the day.  Last evening, the raccoon came before the sun was down-unusual, also.  We have not seen or heard the coyotes in a while, however.
Finally, for the first time we saw a squirrel with his tail bit off and then
noticed blood all over the wood box and splattered on our patio door. Obviously one attacked the other-usually they just chase the others away never physically attack each other except the red squirrels who attack the larger brown squirrels. It seems the wildlife is getting desperate because of being crowded out of their space-a new development has gone in behind us on 17 acres of formerly beautifully wooded land- all cut  down-or
this has been a bad winter for them as the nut and seed crop was not heavy this year and the snow is thick and frozen pretty solid.
Enjoyed finding your site. Dr. Mary Boehnlein Professor Emerita Cleveland State University
 

Thank you Professor  for your wildlife report from Northern Ohio. Sounds like you have quite a menagerie to observe and now even more complete with the addition of the Flying Squirrels. Your reaction to the discovery is similar to not only ours, but so many of our visitors who have shared their excitement and wonder when first making this discovery. The common characteristics are at first, wonder, and amazement, plus excitement, followed by the need to share and tell others about it, to document with pictures and to want to observe more. Perhaps this is due to the fact that many of us only discover them  when we are more mature and the fact that we could have missed them for so long, when undoubtedly they have been around all the while, makes it even more unbelievable. Congratulations on your find, and thank you for visiting and sharing . Your pictures are thumbnailed below and the full screen version can be viewed by clicking on each thumbnail.

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Comments from a visitor in St. Charles, Illinois

February 22, 2007

Hello,
Wow! I just spent some wonderful moments watching video from your website – the hummingbirds are incredible! Would you mind if we mentioned your website on ours (University of Illinois Extension-Kane County)? I would love if more people could see it.
University of Illinois Extension is presenting Butterflies, Birds & Bats in the Garden at Judson College – 1151 North State Street (Rt. 31) – Elgin, IL on March 10 from 8:30 am to 3:15 pm. Four experts will be present information on attracting more butterflies, songbirds, bats, and hummingbirds into the landscape. A Corner Bakery box lunch is included. Our website:  http://kane.extension.uiuc.edu.  If anyone would like more information about the Butterflies, Birds & Bats in the Garden symposium they can find more information on our website.  They can also register to attend on-line.
I am sure the visitors to your site will be interested in this symposium.
Thanks, Diana Stoll - Horticulture Program Coordinator University of Illinois Extension – Kane County--535 South Randall Road – St. Charles, IL  60174

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Please feel free to use a link to our pages where you feel appropriate. We are linked on many web pages and am happy to post your website here and also on the Hummingbird Page  for your upcoming symposium.  Best of luck with the event and thanks again for visiting.
 

Comments from a visitor in Nacogdoches, Texas

February 21, 2007

Hello there :)
I was not aware that we had eastern flying squirrels here in Nacogdoches, Texas until hurricane Rita came through...We were outside cleaning up limbs after the wind died down & heard squeaking under one of the large branches...After carefully removing the branch, I found the smallest baby!! He was so precious but way too small to survive...I fed him with a dropper & kept him warm throughout the night but he passed the next morning.
Since then we have heard them out in the trees here just abt every night

Thank you for your report from East Texas. Too bad about the Storm induced injury to the little one you found, but maybe it served a purpose to draw your attention to them and hopefully you get to see some of the antics of the ,nightly  noise makers in the trees.  Another Texas dot will be added to our sighing map. Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in North East, Maryland

February 21, 2007

About two months ago, my husband and I spotted a couple of flying squirrels on a tree near out front door as we were leaving the house to take our black lab on his daily post-dinner walk. (It was a pleasant surprise as we had not seen them around since our daughter was younger - probably about 15 years ago. I had forgotten how fast and how cute they are!) When we returned from our walk, we did some research about what type of housing they prefer and Gary whipped up a box according the the "southern flying squirrel" preferences we found on another site. We also have been smearing peanut butter on the tree under the box - we don't know if they've taken up residence in the box, but we've seen them enjoying the peanut butter as well as the suet feeder which I think attracted them in the first place. The other "critters" in our yard enjoy the peanut butter also - the regular grey
squirrels, the various woodpeckers and all the other birds that frequent our feeders.
Lisa W
North East, Maryland
(at the head of the Chesapeake Bay)

Congratulations on your re-acquaintance with the Southern Flying Squirrels and your first hand peanut butter feeding success. Hope the newly constructed flyer home proves to be successful and they offer many evenings of wonder and amazement for you and perhaps your neighbors. Thank you for visiting and sharing your sighting story.

Comments from a visitor in Ontario, Canada

February 20, 2007

You likely had a Cooper's Hawk dining at your birdfeeder. They are common in my area that being rural southern Ontario, Canada where they come to backyard feeders in search of prey. We feed the small birds and they feed the larger birds so everyone gets fed during our Canadian winters.
I love your video clips. Very educational and entertaining. You must be located in a great nature setting to have gathered so many great clips.
Lucky you ..thanks for sharing.
 

Thank you for visiting and your suggestion on the Hawk . I too thought it was a Coopers or a Sharp Shinned.  A Kentucky Fish and Wildlife resident Raptor expert however was pretty confident that it was a Red Shouldered Hawk after reviewing the video. Thanks again for your comments.

Comments from a visitor in Delaware

February 19, 2007

We had a couple of flying squirrels on our bird feeder last night. I’ve lived in Delaware for 45 years and never saw or heard of flying squirrels here. It was dark and my husband was grilling dinner outside with terrible ice on the ground (another story) and immediately thought “flying squirrels” when he saw the activity on the bird feeder. My son and I grabbed a flashlight and, once spotted, one remained hanging to the birdfeeder. I would never have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes. Can’t wait for tonight.

Congratulations on your first Flying Squirrel sighting and thank you for sharing it with our visitors.  Usually always accompanied with  a sense of wonder when first seeing this unexpected and fascinating treat.
 

Comments from a visitor Near Ste-Adele, Quebec, Canada

February 2, 2007

We live in the Laurentian mountains, at a lake about a 15 minute drive outside of Ste-Adele, Quebec, the nearest town. Until a couple of days ago it has been extremely cold and much fewer birds have been at our suet feeders. One large feeder, which can hold two suet cakes, hangs from a branch overhanging our second floor porch. Sometimes we turn on the outside light there, which is what we did tonight. It was a good thing we did because around 7:30 p.m. we saw three flying squirrels sharing the feeder, and they stayed for at least half an hour. Used to red squirrels and their territoriality, we were surprised to see how well they tolerated each other, hanging closely side by side as they ate. It's a good thing the feeder is so large! This is the first time we have seen them in the winter; they must have waited out the very cold weather in a nest and now that it is warm enough (although still well below freezing) they have started to look for food again. Maybe one of your readers can tell us if they will be back.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your FS report from Quebec. Good to know that they are attracted to suet cakes and perhaps I will give that a try in an area where the pesky Raccoons cannot get to it. Actually ,as you probably are aware, Flying Squirrels do not hibernate although they do nest together sometimes in fairly large numbers and with diminished activity during the coldest weather. They do still need to take in food however, and my guess is that you could probably spot those guys and maybe many more regularly if you watched for them. Your flyers are most likely the Northern Flying Squirrel while ours here are the Southern variety. From all I have read their habits are pretty much the same. If any of our readers have any additional input for you, I will be happy to post it here. Thanks again for visiting and adding another dot to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in  Laurinburg, North Carolina

February 1, 2007

Hi! I am located in Laurinburg, North Carolina and I have been enjoying the ruby throated little angels for may years now. The first of April I bring
out the feeders, starting with one at a time and adding as needed until I have added at least eight. Those little characters really keep me busy from
April until early September. During the peak of the season, they will empty all 8 feeders daily. I love standing right by the feeders and have them
hovering all around me. They are such a joy.

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Hummingbird report from North Carolina. Sounds like you have an abundance of them. Must be quite a sight to see and be in the midst of all 8 feeders occupied concurrently.

Comments from a visitor in Sumter, South Carolina

January 31, 2007

I live in Sumter, SC and “rescued” a flying squirrel last night. My husband and I were helping out a friend who had surgery, and when we went over he said he had a baby squirrel loose in the house, and he had placed large rodent traps in hopes of catching the beast. Within 20 minutes the critter made himself known. He ran across the floor and climbed up the curtains. My husband just reached over and picked him up. We went (at 11pm in the evening) and got him a large birdcage, the parrot food with seeds and fruit. I made him a nest box out of a 5” terra cotta flowerpot. Today I will be venturing out in search of a cuttlebone so he can get calcium, and some D3 vitamin supplements to keep his calcium stable……

Thank you for sharing your Flying Squirrel adventure and Rescue. Hopefully between you folks and your friend  you were able to determine  how the little bugger entered the house. One thing for sure, they are not solitary little animals and where there is one there are most likely several more.  Hope he was not injured and if your first sighting then congratulations are in order. As far as domesticating the little guy, I can only offer best wishes as have no experience with that venture. Doubt if I would attempt it as most likely it would be frowned on by the Kentucky Dept of natural Resources. Thanks again for visiting and will be adding another South Carolina dot to our sighting map.
 

Comments from a visitor in Troy, Ohio

January 25, 2007

Subject: robins appearing in Ohio en masse
The robins have appeared in Miami County Ohio near the Miami River en masse. We never see them in flocks of about 500 birds. any comments? unusual time of year to see them here. . .and never as flocks!!!
from Curious in Troy, Ohio

Thank you for your comments regarding the large flocks of Winter American Robins now being spotted further and further Northward. Actually while the phenom of these very large flocks in winter is not new as many of the academia web sites on the subject report IE the Cornell Lab of Ornithology All about Birds site, still it is new to most of us, especially we urban dwellers. I personally had never witnessed it in my first 65 years but now have encountered it yearly for the last 5 years or so. A bit unnerving the first time I witnessed a huge flock strip holly berries from shrubbery plants clean in 30 minutes or so and  which now is an annual late January  - Early February occurrence.  Very much like a scene from Alfred Hitchcock's movie "The Birds". Perhaps the northward occurrences of this may be due to a current warming trend, especially this year and also that as development and urban expansion puts more and more of us in once rural areas that the chances of witnessing this spectacle for more and more of us are greatly increased. At any rate all my Holly berries are already gone this year . Last year I videoed the attack which can be seen by clicking on the Picture below. Thanks again for visiting

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Comments from a visitor in New Iberia, Louisiana

January 23, 2007

I wanted to let you know that I got quite a laugh from your raccoons adventures. We live in New Iberia, Louisiana and our cats decided we needed to rescue a baby flying squirrel, first one I have ever seen in the wild. --------Brenda S

Thank you for visiting and your comments. Thanks also for confirming Flying Squirrels in New Iberia. Another Louisiana dot will be added to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor VIA AOL -  location unknown

January 16, 2007

My Fuller family and your Fullers have many connections. Would you like to compare info?
Mary Ann

Thank you for your guest book entry regarding the Fuller   Several folks have inquired about the information of the Fullers as depicted on some of our family webpages.  Actually they are in my wife's genealogy and my knowledge and resources are limited. Possibly the most information is held by a Cousin of my wife who does a bit of genealogy work. You can perhaps Email her  or contact her via the forum at her address which can be found encoded on the following page.

http://www.genealogyboard.com/east/messages/241.html

Click on the name whose initials are JADS and her address can be obtained.   Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Little Hocking, Ohio

January 3, 2007

WOW!!! I FOUND FOUR FLYING SQUIRRELS TODAY IN MY ATTIC!!! I HAD TO RESEARCH BECAUSE I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT THEY WERE. WHAT DO I DO NOW??? ARE THEY DESTRUCTIVE??? I'M AT A LOSS AND NEED HELP ON WHAT TO DO. THANK YOU FOR ANY HELP YOU CAN GIVE ME. BEST REGARDS, JULIA~~~ PS I LIVE IN LITTLE HOCKING, OHIO

The reports of Flying Squirrel home invaders are definitely on the increase at least as being reported in this forum. Thank you for your comments . Afraid the only advice I can offer is through other web pages on the subject of removing Flying Squirrels from your home easily obtainable via most search engines, such as Google. Never had them in the house, as far as I know . Depending on the state you reside in, Flyers are protected and in some cases cannot be trapped or killed without a permit. So contacting the State Department of Natural Resources  is probably the best course of action. Good Luck and thanks for adding another dot to our Flying Squirrel location map.

Comments from a visitor in Raleigh, North Carolina

January 3, 2007

Hi! My husband and I live in Raleigh, NC, in a split-level house with no attic, just the rafter space under the roof which is basically inaccessible to us. For several months now, we've heard scrabbling in the walls and ceiling, and occasional squeaking. We knew we have mice, but these sounded like awfully big mice! Shortly before Christmas, my husband was rummaging around in the basement storeroom. I came down and to my surprise, saw a flying squirrel perched on top of a door frame! Apparently my husband had flushed it from its hiding place. We were storing a couple of suet cakes on the basement pantry shelf, and again  thought mice had gotten to them - now we know our "really big mice" were feasting on them! Since them we have seen them in the basement once or twice when we went
in quickly and turned on the light. They are curious and surprisingly bold; we had a couple of them check us out from the basement rafters, and one even stayed on the pantry shelf eating suet - almost fleeing several times, but then turning back to check us out, before finally taking off. At one point he (yes it was a he) even moved towards us, I guess for a better look. We have determined that they are coming in through a small hole in the soffet vent screening outside of our bedroom, and by being quick with the flashlight, have spied at least two hanging out in the soffet (between the screening and the roof). We don't know if they are doing any damage since we can't get to the rafter space. We actually enjoy their presence and hope they aren't damaging the house. They are really cute little buggers. We are also afraid that with our two cats (one is an excellent mouser) and rodent-crazy dog, we will find a dead flying squirrel one morning.
About a year ago, I thought I saw a flying squirrel one night, on a tree limb near our bird feeder. But it ran away so fast I wasn't sure. "We don't have flying squirrels around here", I thought! They surely do exist, and they are in suburban central North Carolina!
Milli - Raleigh, NC

What a way to start the New Year with good news and not so good. Good to discover the Flyers but not so good to discover them under roof.  Thanks for visiting and sharing your story. Good Luck in dealing with the challenge and adding another North Carolina dot to our sighting map

Comments from a visitor with Flying Squirrels in the attic location not specified.

December 25, 2006

Hi! My name is Debbie. I need to find out the best way to get the flying squirrels out of my roof. They are doing alot of damage and need them out. They are cute and like to poke their heads out in my laundry room to see what I am doing. Then they scream at me for having the light on. Please, any suggestions are appreciated. I have thought to contact the DNR for help.
Thank You! Sincerely, Debbie

Thank you for visiting and sharing your Flying Squirrel dilemma with our other visitors.  Afraid the only advice I can offer is through other web pages on the subject of removing Flying Squirrels from your home easily obtainable via most search engines, such as Google. Never had them in the house, as far as I know and for sure never had them scream at me. Depending on the state you reside in, Flyers are protected and in some cases cannot be trapped or killed without a permit. So contacting the State DNR is probably the best course of action. Good Luck and Happy Holidays

Comments from a visitor in Santa Ana, California

December 20, 2006

Your videos are wonderful. The only thing that would make them better would be to include the deceased's name
Thank you   - Maria

Thank you for visiting and your suggestion for the videos on the Through The Years Video Farewells page. I have thought that perhaps I would add the names but then thought also would be more busy and less effective. I certainly see it both ways and if I continue in the future perhaps the 2007 edition will have the names . Thanks again
 

Comments from a visitor in Floris Iowa

December 9, 2006

Thank you for all the super information!
My husband found several flying squirrels nesting in a box in our shed tonight! We've never seen them before! Amazing, indeed.
We live in SE Iowa, close to the Missouri border, near Floris, Iowa.

Another first sighting report. Nearly always a great event for the participants, as well as this web site and our visitors. Thank you very much for visiting and sharing your find .Another Iowa dot will be added to  our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Rochester, New York

December 9, 2006

While traveling at work ( NY State DOT) in winter I saw a small object in a snowbank. It was screech owl. I thought it was dead; but it turned its head and looked at me. It was not aggressive. I reached down to touch it. It did not try to bite or claw me. I picked it up and held it close. It could not use its feet. I took it home and put it in a cardboard box. To my joy it would eat hamburger. It preferred very good hamburger, not the cheap kind. I am a sound sleeper, but at night I would hear the little owl thumping its wings in the box and wake up. Then I'd feed it hamburger. One night as I fed it, it opened its beak and reached for my finger. Before I could move I thought "Oh, no! There goes my finger." But she opened her beak and licked the hamburger juice off my fingers. I named her Thumper from her thumping at night when she wanted food. I found a raptor rehab center. They came to the house, examined her, determined her to be female, and took their center, inviting me to tour it. When I went down there, they brought her out. She was was flapping and carrying on as he carried her. I said, "Hi, Thumper." She put her wings down, turned and looked at me. They kept her another month before she passed away.
She was such a loving bird. I miss her greatly.
When I as 5 years old, I came up missing. My mom found me sitting in the chicken house talking to the chickens. My grandfather had won numerous blue ribbons for poultry. I guess I inherited his love for birds.
Jack

Great Story Jack, and now with  the flying squirrel added-- your animal kingdom acquaintances are even more complete. Assuming you are the Hagrid- like person, referred to in the previous entry from Verna, Thanks for visiting and your entry. If my assumption is not correct, then please accept my presumptive apology.  Thanks again and Happy Holidays

Comments from a visitor in Rochester, New York

December 8, 2006

Thank you for your website. My Hagrid-like husband has a taste for feeders like squirrel bungies, squirrel ferris wheells, and now a 1/2 gallon jar on platform with vestibule out front. This last has been up about six weeks. Hagrid-er, husband puts ears of corn in it and gray squirrels have just been feeding about 3 weeks. I thought they'd like to be out of the wind and weather of our Rochester December. Last night we returned from Christmas shopping at 6:30. I saw squirrels inside the jar. The pickup's headlights had them startled frozen. I walked up and spotted small squirrels with big black eyes.
Initially thought they were red squirrels. Red squirrels had ventured close twice last summer. Hagrid hates them and uncharacteristically dispatched them with pellet gun.
I Googled up red squirrels this morning. All articles said they are diurnal. Huh? These babies were feeding in the pitch dark of a lake effect snow storm. So after 40 minutes of site after site saying red squirrels are active in daytime ( I can be persistent), I Googled flying squirrel. I chose your site first as it is accounts of sightings. Bless you, bless me, but the bug eyed squirrels out at night are clearly flying squirrels.
Thank you so much for posting your amazing vertically flying flying squirrels video footage.
Yours truly Verna

Thank you for your report from Rochester. Assuming this is your first sighting of the Flyers , so congratulations are in order and herein conveyed. Several New York State visitors have reported flyers via this forum.  Will be happy to  yet add another dot to our sighting map. The vertical flight can happen when they swoop down and then upward when landing on a tree depending on how much power gravity has given them.

Comments from a visitor in Carmel, Indiana

December 7, 2006

While my mother sat on the phone talking to a distant relative, she saw something scurry in the fireplace. The glass fireplace doors were shut, but a rodent was crawling up the chain link cover and making quite a commotion. It finally crawled up to a ledge just at the bottom of the chimney, and with a flashlight, we could see it. It looked like a mouse with large eyes and a fluffy tail. We realized that if we left it in there, it would probably starve. My father, in his pajamas, hatched up a plan to set a squirrel trap and use a cracker with peanut butter as bait. Sure enough, just after he set the trap and closed the doors, the chipmunk-like critter crawled into cage and the door shut behind. In an act of victorious pride, my father removed the gate from the fireplace and held it up high. My mother was commenting on how cute it was when I noticed it had a web that connected its front legs to its hind ones. I had heard of “sugar gliders” as popular pets, so I suggested this. Suddenly, it poked its head through the cage hatch and squeezed through. It scurried up the stone wall by our mantle, and it was then that I was able to get a closer look. It was grey and had a flat tail, and the skin between its legs was nothing I had ever seen. My dad opened the garage door and guided it out. This strange scene was something unique in our quiet suburban town. I checked online, and found that it was not a sugar glider, but a flying squirrel. It was an experience that I hope never occurs again, because it will be hard to top this memory in my mind. If there were a sequel, it would certainly be less surprising and less suspenseful, and would disappoint me like the second Jurassic park… or the second Matrix… you get the point. I’m trying to decide if this story tops the time when a baby opossum crawled in through the basement storm windows and I had to catch it in a laundry hamper. Either way, I can now officially say that I have the most interesting house in Carmel, Indiana, despite its defects that allow such things to occur. Thank you Mr. Flying Squirrel, I salute you.
Ben
Carmel, Indiana
 

Thank you Ben for sharing  your exciting Flying Squirrel experience with our visitors. In House Flying Squirrel reports always increase during the colder months, and you are not alone in discovering them inside as evidenced by many visitor reports contained on this page. Great work in enticing it into the trap, and then on the whole episode having a happy ending for all. Congratulations on your first encounter with these little guys and hopefully all future sightings will be outside in Natures rightful  habitat.
 

Comments from a visitor in Minneapolis, Minnesota

December  3, 2006

Today is December 3 ,2006.
As my family starting waking up this cold Minnesota Sunday morning our kitty was amusing herself by watching the fat squirrels at our bird feeders.
We decided to put out some aging apples sitting in our fruit bowl that we had gotten from a local apple orchard this fall.
I cut up the apples into quarter triangles and set them out on the ground on a plate, than came back in, waiting and watching for the squirrels to devour them.
As the morning wore on we got a squirrel here and there and the pieces of apple slowly disappeared. We went on with the mornings business and left the kitty to watch as the squirrels took the pieces and ran off to eat them. At about noon time I let our little dog our on his chain. I looked out the kitchen window, as I often do when he's outside, and saw something at the plate of dwindling apples pieces.
It was an animal I had never seen before in all my years. It looked almost like a chinchilla but was smaller and had a flat tail. I called my family to the window and we watched it for a bit of time.
It did not move the whole time our pup was out and I thought maybe it had expired on the plate of apples.
After letting the dog back in I decide to go out and pick the poor thing up with a towel and dispose of it with respect.
As I walked out the door my child started screaming "Its moving mom" and ran outside after me ,stopping only to put my boots on his feet.
I slowly walked up to this little critter and spoke softly to it. I t looked at me and let me get to less then a yard close.
It started running around in circles in the fenced in part where our feeders are, and I tried to toss the towel on it to take a look at it and make sure it was OK. It finely crawled up the fencing and leaped off and ran to our maple tree. We knew as it screed up the tree is was fine. My child had guessed it might be a flying squirrel.
So when we came in from outside we decided to look on the Internet for clues to this mysterious critter.
My child was was indeed right. It was a flying squirrel!
We had one exciting adventure with this critter and hope it will continue to visit our feeders wither we see it again or not, we now know that they are here.
Thank You for having this website available so we could share this adventure with you.
Signed Barb a new flying squirrel fan!
Mpls,Mn

Thank you very much for sharing the story of your first Flying Squirrel encounter and confirming yet another sighting from Minnesota. As a rule you can pretty much bet if you see one- there are others close by.  They are probably less active in the colder weather and many will sleep much of the time in a den with many others and  although they do not really hibernate in the true sense of the word they do slow down.
Good luck in future sightings and thanks again

Comments from a visitor in Madison County,  Alabama

November 30, 2006

Hello,
I purchased my first home this year. As a divorced 34 year old mother of 2, this was a great accomplishment. I fell head over heals in love with
mother nature at the age of 22. One of the extra's to my new home is one acre of land with a fourth of it wooded. I have diligently been clearing
out and preparing the back wooded half of the property. I am hoping the end result will be a natural wooded garden
In the process of doing this my fiancé and myself have had to cut down a number of trees and vines that have been growing for sometime. The ones
we have removed so far have been leaning, damaged, or dying. On the last week-end of November we made a great discovery! While cutting down a
tree that was damaged we noticed the tree was the home of at least 5 flying squirrels!!
Unfortunately we had to continue cutting the tree for safety .All the squirrels escaped unscathed by the boxers. I am however concerned about
their well being. This week has been unseasonably warm (even for the south) but, next week the temperature is expected to go from highs in the
mid 70's to highs in the lower 30's. Now that we have taken away their safety and their home what should I do? I want to make sure they stick
around. I have many birds, squirrels, fox and owls. I like my backyard ecosystem and I would like to keep all my neighbors!!!
Gwendolyn-- Madison County, Al.

Congratulations on your first home and making the Flying Squirrel discovery. Thank you for sharing your sightings with our visitors and confirming  another Alabama Flying Squirrel location . My feeling is that the flyers will no doubt be ok and find suitable nesting sites in the vicinity. To keep them on your property for continued observance, perhaps you might try a flying squirrel house. The below site has plans and much information on how to attract them.  Best of Luck and thanks again for visiting.

http://www.wap.atfreeweb.com/flyingsquirrels/flsq-house1.html


 

Comments from a visitor in Montpelier,  Vermont

November 27, 2006

Hi Howard,

My father used to see flying squirrels in the sugarhouse when he was boiling in the springtime. I don't recall ever seeing one, but I'm sure they're here in Vermont. Thanks for your comments on my writing. Burr

Thanks for your input and verification and at last I can now include Vermont in our Visitor propagated sighting poll. With your input and with Vermont now  represented, all of the States East of the Mississippi are  herein and hereby confirmed flying Squirrel habitat. Of course several states West of the Mississippi, are also represented but one step at a time.  Thanks again and keep up the great Vermont tradition and warm and Colorful writings. http://www.morsefarm.com/
 

Comments from a visitor in Cape Cod,  Massachusetts

November 26, 2006

Hello,
Last night , our nine month old boy , Tanner awoke 4 times before midnight crying, I couldn't figure out the reason for his constant awaking, after rocking him back to sleep for the fourth time, I saw a small shadow move across the room, I thought I was seeing things. Once I stood up to put the baby in his crib, I saw a creature staring at me from under the crib.
I thought it was a mouse, so I screamed and ran out of the room, with the baby of course.
I woke up my husband and once he got a look at the creature, he told me it was a baby squirrel, but it looked like it had raccoon eyes. After trying to catch him for over an hour ,the squirrel scurried up the door casing and then we witnessed the squirrel fly across the room, just like a bat !
Finally at 3:00 am we were able to catch the critter and release him in our back yard. Baby Tanner finally got to go back to his bed.
I am thankful that I do not have mice, but I never want a flying squirrel anywhere near my children or in my home !
Thank you for this web site, Angela
PS I do have a pic of it on my door casing

Quite a first flyer experience for all of you . Be sure to put that FS picture in Tanner's photo album for proof to him that he indeed was in close contact with a Flying Squirrel when he was 9 months old. Glad that no injuries other than perhaps shocked adrenalin jolts were experienced. Wild flyers are indeed better for all when in their natural outdoor habitats.  Thanks for sharing your story and visiting our pages. If you want to send the picture, send it to the comments address and it will be posted here with your entry.

Comments from a visitor in Nanuet, New York  - Rockland County

November 18, 2006

I am amazed how I am gonna sound exactly like the Hightstown, NJ's comment..
My son is laughing saying "that is you!" (but I am 44)
I was at my friends house tonight helping him with his leaves in the dark!
In the driveway in between the electrical lines that run to his house and a tree.
All of the sudden I feel like a bat just past my head and I look to the right to see he landed on a tree about 20 feet away.
As I look at the tree I think I am seeing a bat but when I get my spotlight from the truck I can see what looks like a small rat or a
chipmunk. I called my friend over to back up my story so people would believe me and not think I am nuts.
As we look up the tree he is dashing from branch to branch to different trees until he is out of sight. Total awsome!
I was freaking out for the next hour after what I saw, it was unlike anything I have seen.
Mark M.

Thank you for sharing your excitement and wonder with the rest of us who have had identical thoughts and emotions when first making this discovery. Indeed amazing how similar your thoughts are with the visitor from Hightstown and both in mid 40's when being initiated into the FS "have seen" club. Another characteristic of the first time flyer experience, is the need to tell someone, share and confirm that you really saw what you think you saw.  Well you have shared and thank you for doing so.  Looks like the area of New York and New Jersey are Flying Squirrel Hot spots as evidenced by the number of sightings reported through this forum.

Comments from a visitor in North Branford, Connecticut

November 16, 2006

Thanks for the adventure this year! Hope you will continue with many more photo's and video's next year. Will be looking forward to following your wildlife adventures.

Thank you for visiting and also participating with your Dove Nest and your excellent Robin Nest pictures earlier this year. Well one thing for sure, with the wildlife goings on there will always be something that catches my eye and hopefully can find something of new interest that will make it to our pages .



Comments from a visitor in Hightstown, New Jersey

November 14, 2006

Unbelievable! I went out to my truck tonight to put something in it, It was dark, saw what I thought was a bat swoop in front of me, ok, a little low, but I'm not about to tell him! I don't like bats! Went back out a little later on, saw what I thought was a baby squirrel on the tree, cute little guy. Cool ,the babies in the nest above had finally grown enough to venture out. Then, all of a sudden, something flew by my head and landed on the tree! I got my flashlight, and sure enough, it was a flying squirrel! I am 43 years old, I knew they existed, just not around here [Hightstown, N.J.. ]I am totally fascinated. I came in the house, googled and found your amazing site. Thanks for being here, and giving me a place to share my first sighting.

Thanks, Kurt.

Great news from Hightstown. Congratulations on seeing your first Flyer and thank you for visiting and sharing your story. Truly amazing how similar the first sighting experience is for most of us, as evidenced by the visitor comments herein. Fascination, Disbelief , Excitement - all have been used as the descriptor and in general most of us think we are seeing a Bat when first we spot them. At the very least they provide an unexpected spirit lift, for some maybe unexplained reason. Another NJ dot will be added to our sighting map if I can find a place on it. Thanks again for your input to this growing band of Identified Flying Object observers. Maybe this should be called project Gray Book.

 

Comments from a visitor in Bayport, Minnesota

November 13, 2006

I was up at the Deer Hunting Camp this weekend... Every year I put out seeds and suet in camp so we can watch the birds while coming and going. In the past I put it in the field to keep the squirrels away but this year I hung it in a stand of Red Pines. Friday night while sitting around the camp fire we heard a noise and three Flying Squirrels were eating... We approached and they fled. They are hyper little maniacs. Zooming up 20 -30 feet escaping our presences. Rolling around the braches, up and around... very nutso. Jumping over our heads... We got the cameras out and started photographing them... First at a distance and then closer as they would permit. 30 min. then an hour... 2hours later we had over 100 pictures and they would let us shoot just inches away. We have photos from 6 inches. Next we started to pet them softly with a stick... they let us. I'm sure we could have touched them with our hands... It was pretty neat. They were the highlight of deer camp this year. Oh yeah, we also shot two bucks and a fat doe. Dick Wm. W
 

Sounds like quite a weekend with nature in Minnesota. Not surprised that they more or less stole the show, not withstanding the obvious success of your hunt. For those that do come in close contact with them in the wild, it most often is a very special and memorable experience. In your area , they were most likely the Northern Flying Squirrel. Thank you for sharing your photos which are posted below . Congratulations on your new find and thank you for sharing . Another Minnesota dot will be added to our sighting map.

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Comments from a visitor in West Milford, New Jersey

November 12, 2006

I saw my first flying squirrel on Thursday November 9th 2006 in West Milford New Jersey!
I went out in the yard at about 6:15 in the morning to put seed on a tree stump for the birds. Adjacent to the stump are two tall pine trees,and as I put down the seed I saw a flash go by me, and pull up to land on the side of the tree. Initially I thought it was a red bellied woodpecker due to the flight pattern. I walked around the tree to see "the woodpecker", and there was a flying squirrel looking at me eye-to-eye !! I was so surprised- I have never seen one before, and it was a joy to behold- so tiny and sweet faced. I found your site and have put a feeder up on the tree side, and I am hopeful it will find it for evening feeding. This little guy must have been getting breakfast everyday- I always feed at dawn to avoid bears and raccoon attractants. I haven't spotted him again, but I know he's here!!
Thanks for all the information your site provides.
Cindy

Congratulations for joining the growing ranks of Flying Squirrel spotters and enjoying the wonder and quiet excitement of that first sighting. Thank you for sharing your FS story and adding another dot to our sighting map. New Jersey is already well represented with many confirmed sightings . Best of luck with the feeder and attracting more for your observation and enjoyment.

Comments from a visitor in Chelmsford, Massachusetts

November 10, 2006

Dear, I assume, Howard and Peg,
What a wonderful site. Had I not just this moment (7:30 pm November 10, 2006) gone down to our basement to find something arcane with which to pique the interest of my Senior High Sunday School class, I would never have discovered this wealth of videos on nature, and I am a boyscout nature counselor from 30 years ago, who used to know some 30 birds by call and more by site.

After I turned on the light here in our parsonage in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, I saw some movement and what looked like a mouse--we have not had one for years. Then I saw that the ash disposal door to our fireplace (not used yet this year) was open. After all, the chimney is uncapped. But it was a little too large for a mouse and the shape was all wrong for a rat. Then it climbed up the wall to get away from me. About 5 feet up, it suddenly turned and jumped and glided to the floor. After about 10 minutes and assorted glides and skittering, I managed to shushell (I think that's Pennsylvania Dutch from my Lancaster County roots) it out the bulkhead. A close encounter with wonder and wildness. Your pictures confirmed it to be my first sighting in my fifty odd (yes, that's accurate) year life. Thanks for posting this wonderful site. I'll look forward to coming back.
Sincerely
Steven James W.
(PS, I loved listening to "Peg of My Heart." Great, great tune and (I assume) someone's tribute to someone's wife. . . .
 

Thank you for visiting our pages and congratulations on your first ever flying squirrel encounter.  I hope you found the something to pique the interest of the Sunday School Class, and perhaps the flyer was sent for that purpose. They are certainly among the most fascinating of the Creatures here assembled for us to wonder about and enjoy, at least so in my opinion. Your salutational assumption is correct and of course the "Peg of My Heart " has been so for the last 52 years. We also were in our 50's when we first encountered the flyers and it was indeed a treat. Thank you for your comments, your work with the boy scouts and  good luck with the class. Another Massachusetts dot will be added to our sighting map if there is a spot left . Massachusetts is very well represented. Only Vermont among the Eastern States have not confirmed on our pages.

Comments from a visitor in O'Fallon , Missouri

November 10, 2006
Wow, I just saw my first flying squirrel. I had to immediately see if there really was such a thing. I was outside pumping water off of my swimming pool cover and saw a flash of white. It looked like a bird at first. Luckily I had a flashlight and immediately shinned it on the bottom of the tree. I could not believe what I had just seen. I am a believer and will now keep one eye to the sky in my back yard.
 Josh G. O'Fallon, MO
 

Congratulations on your first sighting and from your "Wow", I know that it was exciting for you. Most folks when seeing their first flyer have about that same reaction. I know that I did now 13 years ago when we first spotted them. Thank your for visiting and your comments. Another dot will be added to our sighting map for your  Missouri town.

Comments from a visitor in Edison , New Jersey

November 1, 2006

Hi. I have come across your page and wonderful story of the flying squirrel in my search. Last night while sitting in our driveway giving out candy to trick or treaters, we encountered our first flying squirrel! I was even lucky enough to take a few photos. (photo attached). Anyway, I wanted to tell you we saw them in Edison NJ (Middlesex county). I am hoping to try and see them again soon but with my video camera this time!
Thanks! Colleen

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Congratulations on seeing your first flyer. Sounds like Halloween was a great flying squirrel sighting night for our visitors. Great picture and it is posted above. If you have a couple of others you would like to share , send them and they will be posted here. Thanks for visiting and good luck with the videos.

Comments from a visitor in Laura, Ohio

November 1, 2006

Just wanted to say I love all the stories about the squirrels. this summer we had about 5 to 10 squirrels on different trees. i have not seen any since the end of august. where did they go? I have not seen any dead ones around, I put up 4 houses for them, do you think that they will come back and stay in the houses? we have plenty of nut trees around. thanks, we live in Laura Ohio about 30 miles northwest of Dayton.

Thank you for your comments and sharing your flying squirrel sightings from Laura. Sounds like the August disappearances tracts closely to our own experience  when the numbers dwindle down to almost nothing. Not sure why their habits change, perhaps their diet with the nut bearing trees beginning to produce fruit about that time. Never have tried the squirrel houses, but some folks have a great deal of luck with them. I expect they will return in the early spring for you . Hope so anyway .

Comments from a visitor in Ridgefield, Connecticut

November 1, 2006

I was sitting outside last night waiting for the Halloween Trick-or-Treaters and was totally surprised at what landed in my tree only a few feet away from (very close to my house). One after one kept gliding in. At first I had no idea what they were; I knew they weren't bats. I counted at least 30 before I stopped the count. Recently, I have heard running through my floor boards and was told they were mice. I kept thinking they sounded bigger (oh, my). I hope they are not these furry little creatures even though they are so cute!

Gerry H---Ridgefield, CT

Quite a Halloween to remember. If these were the first Flyers you have seen, then sounds like your 30 or so is a record for first sightings. With that many spotted in just a few hours, then perhaps they are indeed the floor board runners. Certainly has happened to many of our other visitors. Thank you very much for sharing your story and adding another Connecticut dot to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

October 19, 2006

Beverly Farms, Massachusetts

It's 3:21 AM. After being awakened by the burglar alarm twice, we finally spotted our uninvited intruder...a rodent was perched on a wooden beam just above the alarm sensor. He was larger than a mouse, and a bit furrier, with dark beady eyes. As we attempted to scoop it off the beam with a lacrosse stick, the little guy quickly glided down off the beam through the air and onto the couch. We had an ID... definitely a flying squirrel. With the help of the local police, we were able to guide our not-so-welcomed guest out an opened door. After I get some sleep, I think we better figure out how the critter got inside!
 

Another home invasion by the minute night flyers. Thanks for sharing. Guess there is good news and bad news here. First and foremost the burglar alarm was not for the real thing which is really good. Then  perhaps your first sighting of  the flying squirrel, which is most often good but maybe not so good in this case. Then it appears you are on your computer at 3:30 or so searching for flying squirrels and not sleeping, which is bad, but then you found our site and shared your story, and that is good. Best of luck in finding the entrance method and then insuring they stay outside where they are supposed to be. Another Massachusetts dot will be added to our sighting map. Thanks again.

Comments from a visitor in Pawleys  Island, South Carolina
October 18, 2006

I live on the coast of SC, on the edge of 650 acres of protected woodland. We do have flying squirrels, but I've never seen one!
One of my neighbors, however, had her house "broken into" by them (she is a part-time resident here), and they made quite a mess in her house. Another neighbor has had them visit her bird feeder in the evening. We are planning a move across the road from our house, "back into the trees a bit", and hope to see the squirrels there, among other things (we already battle 'coons and 'possums in our yard...and had a 4' canebrake rattlesnake under the bird feeder this past summer).
Thanks for your wonderful stories and videos!   Avis H-- Pawleys Island, SC

Sounds like an abundance of critters on the SC coast. Hope you can spot the Flyers without the house invasion experience of your neighbor. Sunflower hearts on a tree side feeder would attract them , but also the raccoons , so good luck with your move and future FS watching. Thanks for visiting and adding another South Carolina dot to out FS sighting map.

 

Comments from a visitor in Monon, Indiana
October 13, 2006

I was just laying down for the evening in my bed and just as I got comfortable, I heard something on the top of my headboard. The TV was on, giving just a little light, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw a small animal leap off the tall headboard and land on my arm! He opened his legs as he lept, and from my vantage point just a couple of feet below him, it was obvious it was a flying squirrel. After a few minutes of "hunting" through the house with my dog, we found the squirrel in my coat pocket by the back door. I opened the door and walked away a few feet, and prayed that the thing would have enough sense to get outside while the getting was good. Sure enough, he did! For some reason, I'm not sleepy now!
Chris Monon, IN

Quite an adventure on this Friday the 13th. Doubt if I would get any rest either after this kind of  Flying Squirrel experience. I would be trying to determine how the bugger got in and looking to remedy that situation. But sounds like it ended well for all concerned , so thank you for sharing your story and adding another Indiana dot to our sighting map.

Comments from a visitor in Evanston, Illinois

October 10, 2006

I was recently surprised while standing outside my place of employ by the sighting of a small creature, which I first assumed was a bat. Upon closer inspection though, I was amazed to see that it was a flying squirrel - Quite
a rare sighting here in Evanston, IL (roughly 1 mile north of the Chicago, IL city limits). I watched the little bugger scamper and float from tree to tree, eventually losing him in the distance/darkness. Pretty cool , I thought.   Stu       Evanston, IL 60202
 

Congratulations on your sighting in Evanston and thanks for sharing with all our visitors. Yes pretty cool indeed and your first thought of it being a bat is a pretty common experience not only with our first sighting but also with many of our visitors initial contact with the little guys. Actually based on the number of sighting reports from Illinois, there seems to be an abundance of flying squirrels  in your state. You can search this page for "Illinois "  using the find option under the edit tab on IE and check out the other  Ill sightings Thanks again for your entry to our comments page.

Comments from a visitor in Chillicothe, Ohio

October 10, 2006

Yesterday as my wife and I were driving down the street not far from our house we spotted something small in the middle of the road. We turned around and went back to it. Much to our surprise it was a flying squirrel. It showed absolutely no fear of us and we chased it off the road so it would not get hurt. It had a strange hop when it moved creating most of its motion from its back legs. Unfortunately it kept wanting to go back to the road. We finally got it away from the road and watched it for a while as we had never seen anything quite like it. The time was approximately 7:00 pm, the sun was getting close to setting. The little guy acted very confused. Once we were assured it was not going back to the road, we went on our way. Unfortunately when we came home from work today we found him in the road again and the inevitable had happened. Do you know why he might have been acting that way? At first we thought he might have been someone's pet due to his lack of fear. After reading your story, I can see why there was none. I just feel bad that we couldn't have done something to keep him from the street. We live in southern Ohio and had no idea that there might have been flying squirrels around. I wish we could attract them, we feed the "garden variety' regularly as they are so entertaining.
We really enjoyed your web page. Chuck & Jane Chillicothe, Ohio

Thank you for sharing your FS story from Chillicothe. Afraid I cannot shed any inspired light on the behavior you describe. For the last 13 years all of our sightings have been from tree to tree and on  the feeders set up for them. I have very rarely seen them on the ground and other than on the feeder very few views in a horizontal  stance except on the feeder. Their motions are indeed quick and darting and it is my impression that they would be most uncomfortable on the ground  and rarely have seen them there, and if they did jump down to the ground they would quickly scamper back up the tree. I have seen a few on the road in the same unfortunate condition as your little fellow, but always assumed they got there by flying into the path of and oncoming vehicle.  Hope you can attract a few for closer viewing and sunflower hearts on a feeder attached to a good sized Oak would be worth a try to see if any are around . Feed just at dusk and then check frequently to see if any action. Thanks again for visiting and sharing.

 

Comments from a visitor in Nampa, Idaho referring Sightings at Bartonville, IL

October 2, 2006

We were dismayed while visiting my wife's sister in a rural Bartonville, IL subdivision adjoining a deciduous woods recently. Their cats on two separate nights brought in flying squirrels. The cats are better hunters than killers, however. We were able to admire the beautiful creatures and released them outside. Although my wife and I both grew up in Illinois, this is the first time we have ever seen this squirrel outside of a zoo. Unfortunately, we have not been able to convince our relatives to keep their cat doors locked at night.

Thank you for sharing your recent Flying Squirrel experience and confirming more Illinois sightings which will be added to our sighting map. Hope the little guys were not severely injured by their feline run ins. Now that you have seen them in the wild , It would be special indeed  if you could make a similar discovery in Idaho in your location near the Oregon border. These little guys seem abundant in the Eastern States and likewise less abundant westward. I would very much like to document on our sighting map any  confirmations from the western states. Thanks again for visiting Professor Lyons

Comments from a visitor in Location Not Specified

October 1, 2006

I can't believe my luck...I just saw a flying squirrel glide across my backyard and land on a tree trunk. I thought it was a bat...until it scooted around the back of the tree and peeked out. Amazing. Last year I put up a screech owl house, and a nest of 'garden variety' squirrels were raised in it. Now, the flying squirrel is in it. Time will tell if he stays. Amazing! Judi
 

Sounds like your Owl House is getting a lot of action from the rodent residents in your area. Wonder if it has ever worked as well for the intended occupier. Seems especially ironic since Flying Squirrels are prey to the owls and now living  potentially in harms way. Thanks very much for visiting and sharing your FS experience. I could not detect a location for your sighting and cannot add to the sighting map. If possible please send the location and I will update. Thanks again for your comments.

Comments from a visitor in Ridgeway, Wisconsin

September 29, 2006

Flying squirrel on our log home
I walked onto our front porch after dark and something dropped from the top of our kitchen window to the deck, I thought it was a chipmunk. I went and got both my husband and the flashlight. Lo and behold the cutest little koala-chipmunk-squirrel creature was clinging onto one of the logs. My husband ID'd it right off. Neither one of us had ever seen one in real life nor expected too. We are keeping the cats inside and I did throw out a few sunflower seeds. We live in rural Ridgeway, Wisconsin, an Uplands area and have plenty of wildlife. Even a Bald Eagle flyover a couple of months ago, but this was cool! (the Eagle was too). I had no idea. Thanks for the website. Great follow up for my happy adventure. The squirrel is still on the porch after 3 hours. Makes me wonder how long it/they have been around.
Thanks again, Karen

Congratulations and thanks for sharing this always unique  and exciting first time sighting experience. Bet they have been there all along and if there is one, you will soon see others.  Will add another Wisconsin dot to our Flying Squirrel sighting map. Thanks again for visiting and sharing.

Comments from a visitor in Pass Christian, Mississippi

September 20, 2006

Hi.. I loved reading some of the comments from others who happen to be lucky enough to see flying squirrels in their own back yards. I have discovered a pair of flying squirrels living in an oak tree right off from my side porch. After we had it built a few months ago, I took up the habit of sitting out there at night and listening to the night sounds. Much more relaxing than watching TV. Anyway, I saw this flash of something in the dark on the oak tree. With a little more light and patience in watching, I discovered that I had flying squirrels. I am thinking maybe that they got relocated by Katrina.. Maybe they had been there all along. First time I have seen flying squirrels since I was a little girl. Just thought I would share my sighting with others.

Thank you for sharing your sighting from the Gulf Coast and congratulations on seeing again what most folks never see, even though they are relatively plentiful in the Eastern United States. Good to know that Katrina did not do irrevocable harm to the FS population in your area. Another dot will be added to our sighting map for Pass Christian

 

Comments from a visitor in Greenwood Lake, New York

Date: September 10, 2006

Hi,
Just accidentally came across your website.
Great idea.
Anyway, just wanted to report to you that we had a flying squirrel enter our living room thru our 3-story deep chimney! It was in the winter and luckily he didn't get fried. We live on Greenwood Lake in New York.
Managed to catch the little squirt with a towel and subsequently released him back into the wild.
They are very cute critters.
Thanks for putting up the sightings.
Best Regards,
Diane

Thanks for visiting and sharing your sighting with us. Lucky little guy, perhaps could be called Santa Squirrel. Greenwood lake will be added to our sighting map and locator. Thanks again

Comments from a visitor in Westfield, New Jersey

Date: September 10, 2006

Hello, I came across your website while searching for info on flying squirrels. I had my first experience with them yesterday in front of my house. The tree had ants and my father was checking the bark that was falling off the tree. When he moved some of the bark, he must have disturbed the squirrel which was living in a crack a little higher up, it scurried up the tree and peered down at us. Since it was out in the open I was able to snap a couple good pictures of it with my digital camera (plus I had to prove to my Mom that it was a flying squirrel and not a bat!). Here is one of the pictures if you can use it, just give me photo credit. It was taken with a Nikon D-70 w/ a 70-300mm zoom lens. If you want to mark me down as a sighting on your map, I live in Westfield NJ. Thanks Dan

Great news from Westfield, Dan, congratulation on seeing your first FS and a great shot as well. On our first sighing we also thought it was a bat initially but were pleasantly surprised at our find. Thanks for sharing your sighting and your excellent Picture . Click on the thumbnail for the page size picture.

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Comments from a visitor in Harrison County , Ohio

Date: August 21, 2006

I  have fond memories of growing up in Tuscarawas County, Ohio with a family of flying squirrels. My father and us children would often go into the woods at night to watch them soar, and for some reason I thought those were my father's pets. Well, many years later, I returned to Ohio, (Carroll County) where I was fortunate enough to have a flying squirrel living in a hollowed out tree stump in the little bit of woods I owned.

At 5:00 a.m., I was awakened by a persistent thud in my sunroom office here in Harrison County outside the village of Scio, Ohio. I was afraid to turn on the light and see what was making the noise at first, but saw my huge declawed cat's ears perk up, so I knew I had to go first. Imagine my surprise to see this beautiful little flying squirrel which had apparently tried to go through the French type doors to get outside. After trying unsuccessfully to catch it in an empty coffee can, I simply opened the door, which it seemed to appreciate and little fellow scampered out. I was surprised it was so docile, as I expected it to be on the defense. It remained on the porch for a few seconds, then down the steps it went. I noticed this morning, it had made a nest in the insulation in the corner of the sunroom ceiling which is currently exposed due to construction...so I expect it may return (smile). I think I'll spend some time making some habitats nesting boxes for them and some feeders as well to encourage them to stay on the property. Robin M
 

Another Experience of Flyers in the Home and glad it was resolved so nicely. A fun way ( after the fact)  to renew your acquaintance with the minute marvels . Thanks for visiting and sharing you FS experience and adding another Ohio dot to our Sighting map

Comments from a visitor in Aston, Pennsylvania

Date: August 15, 2006

I just saw my first flying squirrel. How exciting! I never even knew that they were around here. I thought that I had to be mistaken or that it was someone's pet that got loose. My cat was looking at something on my deck which backs up to woods. It was around 9:00pm and pitch black out there so I didn't see anything. I put on the porch light and that's when I saw it eating the sweet corn squirrel log that I had there for the gray
squirrels in the area. I had raised 5 baby gray squirrels in the past so I knew that this was not a baby. Then I noticed the big dark eyes, flaps of skin under it's arms and the pronounced white bottom. Of course when it jumped into the tree there was no question as to what it was as it glided out of sight. I hope that I have the opportunity to see it again, but I do feel very fortunate to have seen one at all. I would love to get a photo of it to share with my family and friends. It seems so hard to believe that something like that was in my own backyard!

I also enjoyed viewing and reading your website and
found it very informative. Thanks!
- Sandra
Aston, PA, USA
(Delaware County, PA)
 

Great news from  near the Delaware River. Always a special treat to see them for the first time and in your own back yard. Congratulations -- thanks for visiting and sharing your story.

Comments from a visitor in Indiana

Date: August 5, 2006

Our daughter-in-law and son just had their first baby, are still in the hospital, and we are watching their two dogs at our house. Yesterday, my wife, Susanne, left the back door open just so the dogs could go in & out freely. This morning she found the black lab "pointing" at the commode in the downstairs bathroom. She investigated and found a flying squirrel on the toilet bowl brush handle. She then used a noodle net and frying pan to capture the critter and put it out on the patio where it scurried off. When she told me about it, I was skeptical, so I googled 'flying squirrels Indiana" and sure enough found your website. Thanks, glad to know this new grandma's not batty.----Tom

Thank you for sharing another story about In-Home Flyers and sounds like it had a good outcome for all. Congratulations on seeing your first one. A rather unique first sighting . Thanks for visiting.

Comments from a visitor in Hudson, New Hampshire

Date: July 27, 2006

Hi,
I wanted to share my flying squirrel story. I live in Hudson, NH. Over the past few weeks we have had a flying squirrel in our house 4 different times. Each time one of us has captured it in a small container and threw it out the window. Two nights ago I was awoken by vibrations on my pillow and soon after something brushed up against my neck....I kind of freaked out a little and turned the light on. I didn't see anything and I thought I might have dreamt it. I was getting ready to turn the light out and the little critter peaked his head around the corner of my head board. I captured it and threw it out the window. Last night I was reading in bed when I saw something out of the corner of my eye, a few minutes later the little guy climbed up on my night stand and came right over to within a foot of me. After a few minutes of watching it climb up and down our curtains and having it launch itself over my head from the curtain rod I captured it and threw it out the window (our bedroom is on the 2nd floor). 3 hours later I awoke to a sound on the floor next to our bed. I sat up and the flying squirrel climbed up my bed and ran across my pillow, after a few minutes I captured it and threw it out the window. Again, about 2 hours later I was awoken to another sound. I turned on the light and watched the little guy run around my room ripping up and down my curtains. Before this I had assumed we had a bunch living in our house...but at this point I assumed it was the same one who somehow kept getting back into our house and back into our bedroom. I watched the critter for a few minute trying to figure out why he kept coming back. The only thing I can think of is that it was a very warm night and I had the AC on in only this bedroom and our daughters. The flying squirrel did spend some time on top of the AC so that is my only guess. Either that or he was playing a game with me :) At that point I had had enough and needed to get some sleep so I found a shoe box, poked a few holes in the top, captured him in it, and put tape around it. This morning on my way to work I stopped at a very wooded area a couple miles from my house and opened the box and he jumped out and ran into the woods. I hope this is the end of my story since I need to sleep at some point but I have a feeling there may be more than one (my wife thought she saw 2 at one point last week in our bedroom). Dan

Thanks for your unique Flying Squirrel Night Visitor story and here's hoping you have transported the only intruder to the new environs. Also will add another dot to our New Hampshire sighting map. Thanks for visiting

 

Comments from a visitor in Nashville, Tennessee

Date: July 22, 2006

You have a great web site and it is extremely informative!

I saw my first flying squirrels around Natchez, MS in around 1964. I did not see another one until I found a dead one in our yard in Nashville TN around 1999. My recollection is that that particular squirrel was significantly larger the Southern Flying Squirrels I have subsequently seen.

My next encounter was another dead one in my yard on December 31, 2005.This one was clearly a southern flying squirrel.

On the morning of April 2, 2006 my wife and I were sitting on the front porch and saw a red bellied woodpecker light on a walnut tree next to a hole. We had seen him pecking out the hole a week or two before and suspected his was planning to nest there. He looked like he was trying to pull, somewhat angrily, some debris out of the hole. Then all of the sudden he pulled out a small squirrel and it ran up the tree. The woodpecker chased it up the tree a bit and then it jumped out and flew to the next tree. The woodpecker continued to chase it up that tree and it jumped out
and flew to another tree. We watched in shocked amazement.

On April 29, 2006, again while we were having coffee and rocking in our rocking chairs on the front porch, we noticed our Miniature Schnauzer and cat playing with more gusto than usual. Then Jerri noticed they were playing with something. We went out there and saw they had a young flying squirrel. We rescued it and put it in a small cage in the house. While it had no visible injuries, we were not optimistic about its survival. It
slept and lot and was breathed very quickly. It would curl up in a little ball with its tail wrapped over its head.

I put a small birdhouse in the cage with some cotton nesting material inside and she slept in there during the day. When she came out at night, often she would keep the end of her tail in the birdhouse, as if she was using it as a guide back to the hole. Over the next several weeks she got more and more tame. We varied her diet, feeding her shelled pecans, sunflower seeds, apple slices, blueberries, carrots, hamster food, raw peanuts in the shell, and strawberries. She loved everything, but pecans were her favorites.

We tried releasing her on May 1, but she just clung to the tree and did not go anywhere, so we brought her back in.. To prepare her for a return to the wild I rigged up an identical birdhouse on a tree and put some peanuts in it and attached a small water bowl to the side. I attached her nest box beside it and put her in it with a few raw peanuts in the shell. I gave her a TON of food before we released her and she ate it all. She spent her first night outside on July 16. She had unrestricted access to the out of doors. We saw her peeking out of her nest box and assume she ventured out some. The next morning she was back in the nest box and we brought it inside (cooler and no cat.....we are keeping the cat locked up in the garage at night) She also had more peanuts in her main nest box but did not appear to have eaten much.
We left her in our house in the cage for the next two nights, just to smooth the transition and to make sure she was eating. I put her back out on July 19. As of July 22 she had not returned to her next box or eaten any of the food. We assume and hope that she is enjoying the free life.

On the evening of July 20 I could not get our Miniature Schnauzer to come in and I could not find her. I finally found her and the cat on the front
sidewalk. The dog was acting sheepishly, and had something in her mouth. Unfortunately, it was a flying squirrel. It was still warm, but dead. It
was a male and was a little larger than the one we had released, so we feel certain it is not the same one.
A few of the pictures of our experiences are on our web site at: