The second squirrel litter of the year has appeared at last. Well, I know that N is greater than or equal to 1, as there is a juvenile who appeared today at feeding time. (Gray squirrels around here have two broods per year.)
This morning he/she was incompetent at nomming. Offered walnuts, shelled almonds, peanuts, and sunflower seed, the youngster didn’t seem to recognize any of them as food. A few hours later, though, it gingerly nibbled on sunflower seeds and discovered that they were good. I timed it: it took the n00b 30 full seconds to eat a single seed, while an experienced adult does it in less than three seconds. Eventually the cache was discovered by an older squirrel, who drove away the n00b.
This little guy is also a lot tamer than the adults; he’ll stay on the ledge when I open the window. Adults scurry away.
Isn’t it cute? Look at those big eyes and that huge, fluffy tail.
What should I name it?