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DARRELL GAMMON

Magnolia, OH, USA

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Monitoring my bluebird nest boxes on my daughter’s 18 acres and found a flying squirrel family

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Flying Squirrel In Bluebird Box

Opened a bluebird nest box after the female flying squirrel jumped out to find her babies

7 responses to “Flying squirrel in bluebird box”

  1. Kaelis N. says:

    I love flying squirrels!

  2. HeartForNature says:

    Me too! Even if they are nest box competitors, they are still so cool and SUPER cute!!!

  3. Coco Quinn says:

    I love flying squirrels! So cute!

  4. Darrell Gammon says:

    Unfortunately, I have had flying squirrels invade a bluebird nest with nestlings and eat their heads off and leave the carcasses, sad but they can be destructive animals, just the way nature is.

  5. Melissa says:

    Hope you have some better luck with bluebirds! If you do not yet have a predator guard installed below the box, adding that might help. But perhaps you already have done so. Good luck.

  6. Karen Casey says:

    I have a flying squirrel in my bluebird box here on Cape Cod. I’d like to leave it in case there are babies inside. I’d also like to remove the nest at some point! Suggestions??

    • Holly Grant, Project Assistant says:

      Hi Karen, If a squirrel nest with young is found while checking nest boxes, it is best to wait until the nesting attempt is finished to clean out the box or move it. State laws protecting native mammals vary and typically do not allow for the removal of active nests without a permit, unless they are inside buildings. It takes about 60 days for an average litter to become independent and stop visiting the nest. Once the squirrels are gone, you can clean out and move the box if needed.

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