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Baby fox squirrels discovered in rain gutter nest. CUTE!

By Gary Bogue
Friday, August 19th, 2011 at 5:23 am in fox squirrel, Squirrels.

Squirrel nest and babies in rain gutter. Photo by David Ogden, Walnut Creek, CA
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Gary:
Don’t know if this is new to you or not, but my son Cooper discovered a nest of three baby squirrels in my rain gutter this morning after hearing an unexplained noise up there. (See above photo.) I slid the cover off to unveil three little “squirrellettes” asleep in a comfy nest of oak leaves — light green, obviously harvested recently to provide the softest bedding available.  Mom was not there, but was a few feet away in the rain gutter squawking at me.

It’s a cunning move on Mom’s part — this location is well protected, completely out of sight of any raptor, and difficult if not impossible for a raccoon (or cat) to access.  I thought they usually nested in trees, and we have six large, mature oaks on our property, but Mom rejected them in favor of this covered rain gutter. (The cover is the plastic panel type, with a slit to accommodate rain water from the roof.)  Smart move, Mrs. Squirrel.
David Ogden, Walnut Creek, California

David:
Fox squirrels usually build their nests in trees, but they also occasionally tear off a vent screen and make a nest in your attic. Less common is the rain gutter nest which your son discovered.

Remember to clean the remains of that nest out of the rain gutter, after the squirrel family is gone and before the rains start this fall. Otherwise, you’re going to get a big wet surprise. /Gary

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4 Responses to “Baby fox squirrels discovered in rain gutter nest. CUTE!”

  1. Barbara Says:

    Really a super photo, David! I’ve never seen them this tiny. Thanks! (Note to self: Check gutters in Fall.)

  2. David Ogden Says:

    Hi Barbara. Thanks so much for the compliment on the photo. They are seriously cute little guys and girls.

  3. Gail Hunt Says:

    Three baby fox squirrels showed up on the window sill of my office three weeks ago. I gave them some mandarin oranges that I had and they wolfed them down! The next day, I brought raw peanuts, sunflower seeds and more mandarins. I also fashioned a water dish out of a Sucret’s box.

    I have now researched more about what they eat and plan to bring blackberries and organic strawberries. I am tempted to build them a nesting box. The sill is about thirteen feet off the ground and covered with morning glory and ivy that they use to climb up. When I taped a rectangular box to the sill, about 12″ long, 5″ wide and 5″ high, they spent time in there.

    Can anyone recommend what a box for the squirrels might look like and if it should be filled with nesting material? I love watching them!

  4. Gail Hunt Says:

    P.S. They are orphaned. I don’t know what happened to the mama. When I first saw them, they were about 7 inches from rump to tail. A call to the Lindsey Wildlife Hospital assured me they were old enough to fend for themselves. : )

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