Sunday, November 15, 2009
How I Met Flynn
I happened to be on a routine hike, not expecting to find much of anything. The area I was walking was a good place for squirrels because of all the acorns laying around. The problem was that I was having no luck finding any squirrels yet. That's when I heard a little noise off to my right!
I looked over at a big tree and just saw a little face that was spying on me from the side pull back behind the tree and disappear. I had experience with this behavior so I waited quietly right where I was. After a few false starts the face poppped back out to reveal my new acquaintance.
I don't know if this is what every squirrel does before it makes a move, but he did it every time. I think this is something I'm going to watch for from now on. This was probably the first time I was ever able to watch a squirrel this closely to see something like this. I hope it's not the last.
The picture is a little blurry because he was right in the middle of turning his head. Compare it with the top picture.
When he got down onto the forest floor he ran in a wide turn behind the tree again only to emerge on the other side. It was there that he began to search for acorns. After finding that first one, he started performing for the camera just as I showed you for the past several days.
He wanted me to keep taking pictures, but I was the one who finally decided to stop. I had to move onto other adventures so off I went.I walked down the trail and around a turn. As I walked back around the other side of that tree and down towards the lake I looked back up the hill to where he was when I left him.
This is the very last picture I took of Flynn the fox squirrel, and the last time I saw him. I wonder what he's doing now.