I have spent countless hours as a peeping tom observing the many wonders of nature that exist in my back yard.
Something that intrigues me pertains to how squirrels behave. I have built six squirrel boxes which I call their estates and I know from watching them how important those houses are to them. I see them bringing leaves and twigs for their nests to keep them warm. They will stick their little heads out to sun themselves before the summer leaves us.
I have many questions left unanswered. Why do squirrels chase one another and suddenly stop the chasing, losing interest in it? Is there an alpha squirrel? Do squirrels think? Do they communicate with other creatures, such as raccoons, opossums, skunks?
I have seen them all together living peacefully. I can almost hear them thinking, planning, and plotting their next strategy. “How far do I have to leap to get me a lunch of that wonderful suet? Do I want a lunch of insects or that birdseed with nuts that looks so inviting?”
Squirrels have taught me the one lesson not to belittle: that they are excellent problem solvers. They will always figure out a way to get what they want.
Take a peep sometime and you’ll see what I mean!
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Daniel Kielson, Ed.D.