Some people hate squirrels -- they see them only as rodents or pests. I love squirrels. I guess that's because I've never really had a bad experience with one. My favorite part of Christmas Vacation is when the squirrel is in the Christmas tree. "It's a funny squeaky sound," says Aunt Bethany. That's such a funny scene. Then there is my all time favorite movie with Chevy Chase, Funny Farm, where his wife writes a children's book about a squirrel named Andy. I can watch that movie over and over and over -- and I still laugh as hard as the first time. Classic!
We have a lot of squirrels at our house and they like to eat from our feeders. I've nicknamed them Andy and Nips. Andy I named after the squirrel in Funny Farm. Nips I named because, well, she looked like she was expecting and/or nursing babies when I saw her last spring. Right now they all look the same, so I call them all Andy or Nips. A squirrel will be running along the deck railing outside and I'll be inside. I'll call out, "Hi Nips!" and the silly thing will stop, sit up and look at me for awhile. Too darn cute, if you ask me.
Last night it was starting to snow, so I flipped on the porch light to see outside. I saw what looked like Andy or Nips in my feeder. It struck me a little odd because they usually don't get up there after dark. I stopped to watch for a minute and then remembered that the other night I saw one in there after dark as well. That night I turned the light off because I figured I'd just let it eat. But last night was different -- the squirrel didn't turn to look at me like they usually do. In fact, this one kept grabbing seeds and turning its head away from me. I guess I watch squirrels a lot because I actually noticed this one moved different than the others. Finally, it turned its head to the side and it had great big eyes and way different markings. Just as Rick was trying to get a picture of it, the silly thing jumped off and ran away. Rick had jokingly asked if it was a flying squirrel. I made some smartass comment about it being Rocky the Flying Squirrel. Sure as heck -- it was! I just looked it up and it had to be a Northern Flying Squirrel. That was exactly what we saw last night and the way it flew from the feeder way down to the ground, only clarifies it even more. Hopefully, we'll get a picture of one of these soon. In the meantime, that's Nips above -- or Andy. By the way, if you click on it, you'll get a really good close up. Absolutely adorable!