|This is the comic book hero maneuver it used to escape into the night, narrowly avoiding Eric's villainous clutches.|
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I notified Eric who turned to look, but by this time its face was hidden and by "hidden" I mean "buried in the birdseed." Eventually the feeder swung around again so the invader was out of view, so Eric went out to try to get a better look. He gingerly poked the feeder so it would swing around and we both got a fleeting look at the creature then it flew off the feeder and into the night.
|[image source: http://www.mnh.si.edu/mna/image_info.cfm?species_id=105]|
When Eric came back in, I said "I think it was a flying squirrel!" Then, I looked it up on the state Field Guides site and sure enough, we live in their range and it looked like the photos I found. We had no idea there were flying squirrels here! Or that they were nocturnal bird feeder invaders. Maybe we need to leave the porch lights on more often.