Saturday, August 05, 2006

Curious Neighbor

Soft gentle creature of the night
how silently you move
naught but a silhouette
drifting beneath the moon.

What delight to catch a glimpse
of your fleeting shadow
from my window
as you nibble seeds
at my feeder.

I search the woods in vain
For your abiding place
Do you nest in a hollow tree?
Is your home snug beneath a dark branch?
Where is your hidden nest?

We seldom pass
you a night wanderer
and I a creature of the light.
Yet today we share an unexpected meeting

We stare at one another
in curious wonder
I see your big eyes
your long whiskers
and soft gray-brown fur.

In daylight
We meet as shy neighbors
and I treasure
the knowing
that you live close by me.
Southern Flying Squirrel Glaucomys volans
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Blogger Cynthia E. Bagley said...

Sweet picture. :-)

2:35 PM  
Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

Ooohh...I want one!

4:58 PM  
Blogger Rain said...

That is such a cute little face

9:36 PM  
Blogger silverlight said...

ooh, way too cute. a flying squirrel. what a neat neighbor to have.
it appropriated a birdhouse. it fits through the door.
watch to see if it has babies.

9:59 PM  
Blogger LauraHinNJ said...

Priceless pic and such a sweet poem you wrote.


Is that a birdhouse he's in? Can't imagine his cute little head being small enough to fit through the hole (unless he made it bigger as the gray squirrels will do).

10:26 PM  
Blogger Endment said...

cynthia e bagley
thanks- I think he is really cute

susan gets native
I understand they make very nice pets.

he is cute isn't he...

I was amazed that he could get through the door... We keep watching. They have their litters in late summer.

he is in a birdhouse. without disturbing him we can't tell if he has enlarged the entrance or not but he is only 3" tall and 9" long

11:07 PM  
Blogger Sigrid Jardin said...

How delightful - your shy little neighbor.

12:50 AM  
Blogger MB said...

What a fascinating neighbor to have!

9:21 AM  
Anonymous alexandra said...

What an amazing sight! So cute too.

10:03 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

What a fine little face and fantastic eyes to look into. Great moment, endment. How lucky for all of us that you had your camera with you. Wonderful.

10:59 AM  
Blogger lenĂ© said...

Nothing like these photos to bring a smile to my face. Thanks for laughter this morning--and the words. :)

11:42 AM  
Blogger Star said...

How lucky you were to be able to capture this photo. As usual, your words are wonderful; you are so observant and have been given the gift to express your perceptions.

2:13 PM  
Blogger jzr said...

Wonderful photo, lovely poem!

7:50 PM  
Blogger Tim Rice said...

I love your poetry for the flying squirrel. Great photo, too.

9:20 PM  
Blogger kerrdelune said...

Oh my, your little friend is lovely, and what a face! I loved the poem too.

10:07 PM  
Blogger Pam in Tucson said...

Oh, he's just lovely! What a delightful encounter for you - and a sweet photo. How I remember them sailing through the trees in CT. Keep us posted on the progress in that birdhouse :)

1:09 AM  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

How utterly sweet! Great poem too!

5:42 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

sigrid jardin, mb and alexandra
we have been catching glimpses of them at the feeders durng the night (around one am)but this is our first daytime sighting.

robin andrea
we were out taking photos of frogs in the pond- it is one of those times when everything comes together (even in focus :)

I'm glad he brings a smile to you also...

welcome to endment - glad you like the poem and photo

star, tim rice, kerrdelune and chief biscuit
I am glad you could share our delight

pam in tucson
we check the house but don't want to disturb them... we don't have the skill you do getting close to the nest...but will let you know what we see.

6:46 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

what a gift from the universe! magic! i would have been tickled beyond words to have been in your shoes. :)

great shot, and such a nice ode to the squirrel....thanks for sharing it all with us, endment.

7:41 AM  
Blogger S.L. White said...

What a rare and special vision-- a "small wonder" as I like to call these privileged moments. Thank you for sharing, and your wonderful poetry with it!

I wonder if someone should be promoting special flying squirrel houses, as they do for bats, flickers, other cavity nesters!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Pat Paulk said...

The poem matches perfectly with the picture!! Enjoyed!!

7:40 PM  
Blogger T. Beth said...

So adorable it just makes you smile and wonderful poetic inspiration. :-)

1:17 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Tickled is the word - wish you could come and see...

He must have been here most of the year - we noticed a nest but no eggs and were afraid we had disturbed the occupant... I don't know enough about flying squirrels to know if this is normal behavior.

pat paulk
welcome - thank you for your encouragement

isn't he just great - wish you could come see him

11:08 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

What an amazing little creature!

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Fran aka Redondowriter said...

I simply do not know how in the heck you get these incredible pictures, but I'm glad you do--so that we can enjoy them. And your poem is great, too.

2:03 AM  
Blogger Gwyn said...

What a wonderful and sweet photo. I've seen one of these but once, last winter in a tree hollow quickly peeking out as I passed by.

7:34 PM  

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