This weekend I noticed that Munchie (our cat) was awfully intent on something in the corner of the garage. Munchie isn't my hunter and so if he's focusing on something other than birdwatching and eating catnip it's worth taking note.
I moved aside the clutter in the corner of the garage he was in and lo and behold there was a baby squirrel trying to hide. I immediately rounded up the cats and solicited my husband's help in throwing them back inside before they got to the squirrel.
Greg suggested we just leave the garage open and go away and let the squirrel leave in peace. So I did. However the next day I spotted the squirrel in the garage again, the door had been shut overnight and so I suspect he may have spent the night in there. This time we decided to take a more active role in ushering the squirrel out to where he belongs. It didn't really work, he just kept running to a different part of the garage to hide behind something else. So again we decided to leave him to his own devices and hope he would leave on his own. The garage door stayed open overnight this time.
This morning I was working in the garage with the doors wide open and I saw the little squirrel sitting outside the wide open door contemplating coming in. I was thankful that he had finally left but did NOT want him back in again. I shooed him away and then shut the garage up hoping he'd meander to some other part of the yard – there's plenty of "free" food underneath the bird feeder. The birds are very generous in sharing their bounty with the squirrels, bunnies and whatever other critter wanders by.
Later this morning I looked out to the birdfeeder and saw that there isn't one, but two baby squirrels. It seems there must have been a litter born nearby and they have found a happy home in my yard joining the constant parade of squirrels through my yard.