Brrr!! Gone away is the bluebird, here to stay is a new bird! Or in this case, here to stay is the squirrel. Poor cold squirrels! This post is about keeping their fuzzy little tails warm and happy during the winter wonderland months. The best way to keep them warm? Build them a nesting box!
Mr. Wing-It and I built this squirrel house a few years ago, and we must have done a good job because one of our backyard squirrels approved of it and moved in for the winter. She actually had her babies in there! No baby pictures though, I don’t think Momma Squirrel would have been OK with that.
I think these were the plans that we used, but we decided to wing it and cut out an entrance square, instead of a round entrance hole. You can find other plans if you do a quick google search, like this one or this one. They are all basically the same concept, but with a few different features here and there.
If you’re not feeling crafty or you’re not confident enough to build a safe nesting box, there are some available for sale that will save you a lot of work and trouble. Here’s one, and here’s another one. There are a few different ones here, and check out this site where you can buy squirrel houses made out of recycled tires. Awesome!
If you don’t own your home, you might want to check with your landlord, or parents, or roommate, or innkeeper, or jail guard before you put up a squirrel house. Some people can be rather paranoid about squirrels.
OK, that’s enough chatter. We all know we’re here for the cute squirrely pictures!
Another way to keep them happy is to put a handful of peanuts out for them every day. Mr. Wing-It gives the birds and the squirrels a big serving of seeds and peanuts every single day.
*Every squirrel dies, but not every squirrel really lives*
like Homer Simpson squirrel here.
But Heaven help those poor bozos, who try to filch my Newman-O’s”
So peanuts + bird seed + water + shelter = happy squirrels and happy squirrel-watchers! We’re no Amanda (her Squirrelly stories are the sweetest!), but we try to keep them as happy as possible. Are you into backyard squirrel or bird watching? It’s the best form of geekery! *runs off to stalk the squirrels some more*