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Monday, March 22, 2010
Our squirrel friend named Bird has babies! We named her Bird because she lives in the bird house that we hung for woodpeckers. (Please see our February 8 post, "Don't Count This Bird!")
Five squirrels spent the winter in the woodpecker house. In January, Bird kicked four of them out. Now we know why! Bird had babies.
Normally squirrels have 2 to 6 babies at one time. Each year they have 2 sets of babies. The first set is born in February. The second set is born in June or July.
Baby squirrels are called kittens. They are born without fur or teeth. Their eyes and ears are closed. They are about 1 inch long. The mother squirrel nurses them for about 8 weeks.
We don't know how many babies Bird has yet. We know there are at least two. Look closely at the picture. You can see the eye of a second baby peeking behind the first one's head.
When the babies are 6 to 7 weeks old, they will come out of the nest. They will begin to run and play in the trees.
If we can, we will take a video of their play. They are amazing to watch. They will chase each other and have all kinds of fun.
Congratulations on your new family, Bird!