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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Friday, January 15, 2016

Photo Share: Southern Flying Squirrel

Photo by Joshua Mayer
The worst thing about winter is getting home too late to watch the birds at the feeders. But now that the days are getting longer I sometimes get to watch a few cardinals have their last bite before dark. Yesterday I got home a little late but saw the silhouette of something about the size of a cardinal at the feeder. After my eyes adjusted to the dark I saw two tiny flying squirrels, about 8 inches long if you stretched them out and measured them from the tip of their nose to the tip of their flat tail. Scrunched up at the feeder they looked just a little bigger than a chipmunk. I couldn’t tell if they were gliding to the feeder from the tree or just running so fast they could walk on air. If you blinked you missed it.

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