|Date: ||Fri, 19 Mar 1999 10:23:43 -0500|
|Reply-To: ||Jim Ozier <Jim_Ozier@MAIL.DNR.STATE.GA.US>|
|Sender: ||Georgia Birders Online <GABO-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>|
|From: ||Jim Ozier <Jim_Ozier@MAIL.DNR.STATE.GA.US>|
|Subject: ||Re: Non-avian species -Reply|
Greg -- I'd say the chances are good of getting flying squirrels in a box.
They are fond of bluebird boxes, and can be a real problem in
red-cockaded woodpecker populations because they take over tree
cavities. The typical adult call is a very very high pitched squeak. Years
ago at my parents' house in Carroll County as I was watching activity at a
screech owl nest, I heard some small-bird sounds coming from a wheel
barrow on the carport just before dusk. Having enquiring mind, I
investigated and found a half-grown flying squirrel. I picked the rodent up
and carried it, still calling, out into the driveway. Some movement caught
my eye and I looked up to see a squrrel gliding straight for me at a steep
angle. The squirrel veered off at the last second and landed on a nearby
oak. I could see that it had come from a gray squirrel nest in another oak.
I placed the young squirrel on the tree the adult was now in and backed
off. The adult came down and gathered up the little one, climbed the tree,
glided back to the tree with the nest, and carried the young one to the
Incidentally, I saw a courting screech owl knock a flying squirrel from a
tree once, but not pursue it further as the squirrel lay squeaking on the
ground. Just trying to impress its mate I guess. I don't think flying
squirrels are taken often by screech owls.