Moving a grey to another drey…
In their final 2014 outing for NatureSpy’s Yorkshire Pine Marten Project, one of our Bushnell camera traps captured something we haven’t seen before – a grey squirrel mother moving one of her kittens to a new drey.
Grey squirrel mothers will move their young if the natal drey is disturbed, and usually have ‘alternative’ dreys that they can resort to.
It is not clear in this case what the disturbance was, but it seems as though our camera trap caught this squirrel taking a break whilst moving this hefty youngster.
This same camera trap captured a couple of squirrels at once – it is possible that the kittens left the drey not too long after they were moved. They usually leave when 7 weeks old.
Watch the mother moving her kittens below;