About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

What is at the bird feeders at night

While I'm not a fan of coming home in the dark, I do get to see a whole new world when I venture outside to fill the feeders at night. Yesterday I had an encounter with the most adorable flying squirrel! I've seen them through the window before in winters past, especially when there is snow reflecting light in the yard. They were energetic bundles of cuteness that bounced from the feeder to the trunk of the tree. But this little guy didn't seem to have a care in the world. He was at the feeder just nibbling on the remains of the day.

Not much is known about communication in flying squirrels. They have excellent senses of smell, vision, hearing, and touch. They have large eyes that help them to see at night and whiskers on their chin, cheeks, and ankles that they use to help them in detecting their way along tree trunks at night. They are omnivores and eat a wide range of foods, including nuts, acorns, seeds, berries, fruit, leaf buds, bark, bugs, and fungus.

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