I have cats. So, when I heard a “thud” at the window, I assumed it was one of my furry kids batting at a bug or fly that had somehow gotten into the house.

When both cats appeared from opposite sides of the room, running toward the window, I was a bit puzzled. I knew something had collided with the glass doors, but it didn’t sound like the typical “bird-on-window” echo. To my delight, I looked out and saw two baby rock squirrels zipping around.

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One of two baby rock squirrels visiting at my writing window, this little guy stretches up to eat some mesquite leaves. Photo: Melissa Crytzer Fry

Rock squirrels are the equivalent of the common squirrel throughout the U.S., only these burrow in the ground and have a grayish/silver sheen, as seen above. While I think they are adorable, they were responsible for ‘stealing’ the very first cherry tomatoes I ever grew in the desert! Very thrifty little fellows!

The baby rock squirrels played outside long enough to allow me to photograph them. One even came back the next day to play with my girl, Niña – about four different times. I was lucky enough to capture this event on video, as seen below:

What visitors are at your window?


*Originally published at WHAT I SAW on . Reposted with permission of the author.

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