The House of Wilson

No more leaving you hanging over Wilson's motives...

No more leaving you hanging over Wilson’s motives…

All throughout the month of February, I’ve treated you to an adorable picture album of one sqturday squirrel logoof the most amazing squirrels I have ever had the chance to encounter in my half decade of squirrel photography.  We saw Wilson the park squirrel acting incredibly cute playing among a giant pile of leaves,  watched in awe as he gathered up huge bunches of the dead foliage to carry around in his mouth, and most recently followed him as he transported his stash of leaves to his home base.  It’s now time for the thrilling conclusion to the four part Wilson drama as we finally get to see just what he intends to do with all of those discarded tree droppings!

Not that it was really much of a cliffhanger… you knew this was coming!

BONZAI!!!!

BONZAI!!!!

Of course he’s building himself a nest!  And a damn remarkable piece of sciurine construction at that!  Look at how large that collection of leaves is Wilson has worked hard to accumulate in that evergreen tree branch!  It stretches from the very top to the center of the photo, and is probably twice as long as Wilson himself is!  Hey, when nature gives you all the free insulation you can stuff into your mouth, you may as well put it to good use helping to beat the winter chill!

Here’s a better view of Wilson’s pawmade abode from below…

That's probably less drafty than my house is...

That’s probably less drafty than my house is…

I always take notice of the squirrel nests in trees when they show themselves during the winter, and I can honestly say I’ve never seen such an expansive work of leafy construction before!  That is a veritable squirrel mansion… a fitting home for a squirrel who has become a cult hero not only for me, but for those of you who have watched his adventures unfold here over the past month.

Just need a few more loads to cover up my tail...

Just need a few more loads to cover up my tail…

Remember this precarious nest I took a picture of at the park back in January?  Being much smarter, and saner, Wilson built his happy home at a much lower altitude… and almost directly below that lofty loft!

Hopefully his upstairs neighbors don't empty their septic tank on him...

Hopefully his upstairs neighbors don’t empty their septic tank on him…

I hope you enjoyed meeting Wilson as much as I was honored to see him in action and bring his antics to you!  I’ll return to the plain old cute and adorable squirrel shots you’re used to seeing on the weekends here next week… but none of them will ever be able to hold a candle to warm and snuggly Wilson, my all time favorite Saturday Squirrel!

Come out and take a bow, Wilson…

Thank you all for admiring my daily chores!  It was nice meeting you fine folks, and you all have a great weekend!

Thank you all for admiring me doing my daily chores! It was nice meeting you fine folks, and you all have a great weekend!

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About evilsquirrel13

Bored former 30-something who has nothing better to do with his life than draw cartoon squirrels.
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20 Responses to The House of Wilson

  1. Wilson is a “master builder” for sure……We have woods behind our house and several squirrels nests – only once have I seen a BIGGIE like that and I saw at least four adult squirrels in and out of it most of the time…..more of a squirrel condo? I love squirrels – busy, industrious, clever, cute – they are the reason why the grocery checker I know so well says “Ahhh…..more squirrel food I see!” when he’s scanning the two 10-lb. bags of sunflower seeds I buy every week ostensibly for the bird feeders!

    Pam

    • Squirrels are so much fun to watch! While I don’t have a forest, I do put out corn to keep the ones in the neighborhood coming around. That was an extra large nest, but I guess when you have such a large supply of building materials around, you may as well use them! The other squirrels will have a tough time keeping up with the Wilsons!

  2. Wilson is an artist that’s for sure… I wonder that squirrels get no sea sickness in their nests when a storm appears…. they probably have stabilzers in her tail…

    • I’d guess they’re pretty good with balance and all that given how they have no issues running 87 miles per hour through the tops of trees. Or maybe we just don’t see the tiny barf bags they keep handy…

  3. Wow. I am always amazed at the way squirrels defy gravity. And I had no idea, absolutely no idea, that squirrels built nests like this. Wow.

    • Oh yes. If squirrels can’t find a hollow of a tree or some other form of shelter, this is the route they go. And even if they do have a natural shelter, they’ll still insulate it with leaves and twigs. Every Spring the squirrels in my yard gather up the leaves to take up to their nests… this was the first time I saw a squirrel do this in the winter!

  4. JackieP says:

    I’ve enjoyed Wilson so much. It might seem I haven’t been around but I am! 😉 Go Wilson!!

  5. He is an entepreneurial squirrel. A squirrel of honor and pride, a squirrel of whom American can be proud. A squirrel who builds for the future. Wilson. For President.

    • Finally, a candidate who slings acorns rather than mud. And his nest looks much better than Donald Trump’s hair. I think he’d win the remaining primaries if he entered the race today….

  6. Trisha says:

    Wilson built himself a mansion! I’ve never seen a squirrel’s nest that big. That thing looks closer to the size of an eagle or osprey nest than the squirrel’s nests around here. Wilson sure is one special squirrel! I hope he turns up once in awhile in your future trips to the park.

    • I’ll definitely be looking for him the next time I go, and at least paying a visit to his nest. Of course, I use “his” in the traditional sense… I might find Wilson with a gaggle of little squirrels when I see him again!

  7. draliman says:

    Thanks for this glimpse into Wilson’s life. He’s quite the squirrel dude!

  8. Wilson must be expecting to raise a very large family with all that space!

  9. chattykerry says:

    That’s so cute and I love his name. All our southern fox squirrels have Latino names (landscapers) Marisol, Juan, Gonzales…

  10. Lynda says:

    Wilson is so talented! Our squirrels seem to like to build in the style of Wilson’s old abode from last year. I have some perfectly good evergreen types they could use, but they never do. Loved this sequence! 🙂

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