Wednesday, 18 January 2012
I'm sure you'll be wanting a squirrel update! I saw as many as 5 at once the other day, one in the dray in my window box and 4 dotted around the courtyard below. They've had some territorial spats but don't really fight. The squirrel who built the dray is the only one I can really tell from the others, he is much snowier behind the ears and has a bald patch mid-tail, I call him Cyril and he shares the dray with a pal sometimes and chases off others. After the main build with leaves they moved in plastic bags, tissues, cardboard etc. even this ball of wool....
...it even matches their coats, I wish they could knit (a waistcoat!) but it's since been chewed up and is spilling out the side of the home now as the dray constantly changes. One of the reasons it's such a thrill to have them so close is because it's so urban here: I watched one bury a whole piece of toast in a plant pot yesterday. I may do some spring watch type posts later on as there are so many creatures actually inside our building, wrens and blue tits nest and foxes scavenge too. I found a dead fox out the back on a hot summers day so I had to bury him on the railway bank, by climbing up there I found enough blackberries for a crumble, I love these wild oases in the city, it's a totally different kind of wildlife out the front of the building!!