OK, it’s not quite an invasion–that makes it sound like there are lots of them and they just showed up. In reality, we’ve seen them in our monster-sized backyard Silver Maple tree for the last five years. In the past, it was one, maybe two of the furry gliders, but this fall, we’ve seen as many as five of them chasing each other around the massive tree limbs, often times launching themselves from one spot to the next. Being nocturnal, the squirrels only come out at night, and we’re not quite sure where in the backyard–whether this tree, a different tree, or someone else’s backyard–they nest. They seem to love corn, although they will eat other foods left out for the birds and regular grey squirrels. After a night of feeding, we’ll find the deck covered in cracked corn remnants. These are probably northern flying squirrels given its length and coloration, however the southern flying squirrel’s habitat also can be found in this area of Minnesota. As far as squirrels go, these guys are definitely cute, and I understand why some people want “Sugar Gliders” as pets, although I hear they demand lots of attention, time and patience from their owners. [Flying squirrels are not Sugar Gliders, however they share many characteristics.] I hope to get some better photos without causing their little eyes to glow orange and yellow. For now , we’ll simply enjoy their presence.