We have lodgers … or maybe, I should say, squatters.

As you know, for years we have been aware of the presence of red squirrels in our loft and have tried to block off their entry holes when we have found them … always with care as we do not want to lock anyone in, especially if they have young.

So – the past few days things have started to warm up a little around here and a tentative thaw has set in, spoiled overnight by a minor snow dump, but dripping again nicely. Of course, when I say ‘thaw’ I mean +1C, not anything actually constituting warmth. nevertheless, the squirrels have been out and about for a week or two … and in the last few days joined by what are clearly a pair of rather new and junior squirrels, all skinny and shiny and chasing each other round and round at high speed. We have also been aware of critters in the roof wearing heavy clogs and it has become evident from tracks in the roof snow that the loft has made a very handy squirrel nursery since the new year.

But for a conviction, we need proof … and now we have it. The huge wodge of steel wool rammed into the gap in the roof last summer has been dislodged by busy little paws.

We do like squirrels, especially the cute red ones, the Sparroworks does not join itself with the Squirrelworks for nothing. Nevertheless – something will have to be done once spring arrives.

Red squirrel in his normal environment - they are very welcome like this

Red squirrel in his normal environment – they are very welcome like this

 

Incriminating tracks in the snow

Incriminating tracks in the snow

 

The doorway to Squirrel Mansion ... steel wool pulled out of place

The doorway to Squirrel Mansion … steel wool pulled out of place

 

"Who? Me? No ... just sitting here looking cute"

“Who? Me? No … just sitting here looking cute”

 

GOTCHA !! That should stand up in court.

GOTCHA !! That should stand up in court.