New (furry) neighbor

Sunday morning while savoring coffee, I spied an Eastern Gray squirrel (Brown phase) on the ground near the maple in the back yard. It spotted me and jumped on the trunk, then scampered upward… to a drey under construction.

She has chosen a good spot: the intersection of several small branches in the crotch of a main limb. It’s inaccessible to humans (even on a ladder with a pole saw), let alone dogs and cats. High winds have little effect on that particular bough.

The only drawback is its proximity to the birdbath, which draws other squirrels.