In Which I Learn a Little Something New
I tend to think of nests as belonging to birds, but they are not the only creatures who build them. I was reminded of that fact the other day when I saw a squirrel disappear into its nest. I hadn’t known that squirrels build nests. Live and learn!
I stopped to take a look at the squirrel’s home, which I have since learned is called a drey. This particular drey was about halfway up a big old holly tree. It looked like a big wad of leaves had somehow gotten stuck in the branches of the tree, yet there was clearly a design to the mass of foliage as the squirrel was able to go inside it.
I found a few great links on this topic, which I hope you will have time to check out. The first is a two-and-a-half-minute video from BBC Earth, which shows a mother squirrel building her drey and then it shows baby squirrels inside their home! It’s fabulous! The second link is to a New York Times piece on how squirrels build their nests. The third is an article from my hometown paper, The Washington Post, for even more about squirrels’ dreys. Enjoy!