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Squirrels & their Homes

Fox Squirrels build the "nest" high in trees; usually in the smaller branches where larger predatory animals cannot go. Many people think squirrels only build their nest inside hollow trees and this is true if a hollow tree can be found. Otherwise, their nest is made of twigs, various leaves and lined with the squirrel's own hair for insulation and strength. In southern Indiana we have two common types of squirrels; Fox Squirrel and Eastern Gray Squirrel, with the Fox Squirrel being, by far, the most common. It is uncommon to see Flying Squirrel but I have seen a couple in my lifetime.

Our small ranch has an abundance of squirrel food, plus neighboring fields of corn, keeps the squirrels busy stealing ear corn for those fields. Additionally, we have pine nuts, spruce nuts, various oaks, which produce acorns. Our walnut, hickory nut and pecan trees are all producing nuts for the squirrels to store for long cold winters. Squirrels are active during the day and do not hibernate, however, their degree of activity is curtailed on very cold days.

The squirrel nest photos I have posted are all around our small ranch; squirrels may have several nest "active" or using more than just one home.

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Squirrel Nest up in a Paper Birch Tree
Squirrel Nest up in a Paper Birch Tree
Up Close in the Paper Birch Tree
Up Close in the Paper Birch Tree
Nest in Maple Trees & Vine Thicket
Nest in Maple Trees & Vine Thicket
Up Close in Thicket
Up Close in Thicket
At least three squirrel nest in Oak tree fence row
At least three squirrel nest in Oak tree fence row
Nest in Oak tree
Nest in Oak tree
Closer View of the Nest in Oak Tree
Closer View of the Nest in Oak Tree
Nest in Maple Trees
Nest in Maple Trees
Up Close of Nest in Maple Trees
Up Close of Nest in Maple Trees
Corn Cobs & Shucks Among the Leaves at Base of Oak Tree
Corn Cobs & Shucks Among the Leaves at Base of Oak Tree
Corn Cobs & Shucks at Base of Gum Tree
Corn Cobs & Shucks at Base of Gum Tree
One Gray Squirrel & Two Fox Squirrels
One Gray Squirrel & Two Fox Squirrels
Eating Corn
Eating Corn
Red Fox Squirrel
Red Fox Squirrel
Red Fox Squirrel-1
Red Fox Squirrel-1
Gray Squirrel on Ground
Gray Squirrel on Ground
Gray Squirrel on Ground-1
Gray Squirrel on Ground-1
Red Fox Squirrel-2
Red Fox Squirrel-2
Gray Squirrel
Gray Squirrel
Two Fox & a Gray Squirrel
Two Fox & a Gray Squirrel
Two Fox & a Gray Squirrel-1
Two Fox & a Gray Squirrel-1
The Corn Eater
The Corn Eater
The Thief
The Thief