While I have only been living in an RV for a little over a month, Paul has been enjoying this life for a year now and has shared some wildlife dilemmas he has encountered. Depending on where in the story you are, the experiences can be perceived as frustrating or funny, possible even fearful and confusing for the creatures involved.
The first incident was when Paul was staying in a campsite and continuously heard something running back and forth on the top of his motor home. He could not figure out what any creature would find so entertaining as to scamper back and forth, but didn’t really give it much thought.
Then one day a fellow campground tenant asked Paul if he realized that a squirrel had built a nest on the top of his slide. Now this is a sheltered location, as the slide has a built in canopy over it. Paul got up on a ladder and looked at the top of the slide. The nest was positioned in the middle of the slide, and he could tell it was about two feet wide and no idea how deep. Now how to reach it?
Paul had a long-handled squeegee and decided that would do the trick. Standing on the top of the ladder he reached the squeegee in as far as possible and pulled the nest toward him, letting it fall to the ground. He repeated this process several times until as much of the nest as he could reach fell to the ground. He then moved the latter to the other end of the slide and repeated the process.
After he had removed the nest one of the observers mentioned that when it fell to the ground baby squirrels had run away from it. One of the campground workers when and got a shovel and scooped up all the nest debris and disposed of it elsewhere. Now the question was, how had the squirrel gotten up onto the roof of the motor home, as there were no trees nearby. Paul heard the sound on his roof again and went out to observe.
The squirrel was climbing up and down the ladder on the back of his RV. He said the mother squirrel looked to be in a big of a panic, running back and forth, looking all over as if to say “where is my home?” and “where are my babies?” Despite the fact that the nest had to be removed for him to bring the slide in and move to the next location, I had to feel sorry for the poor mother squirrel who thought she had built a safe haven for her little family and it was now missing.
Now we move to fluttered friends. A nest with eggs was found on one of the support arms for one of the slides and was removed, then on at least two other occasions birds built nests on the lower portion of the slides. One bird was unintentionally suicidal. As we were getting ready to leave after the jeep was parked less than 48 hours a bird had built a nest on the top of his front passenger side tire — and it was tightly muddied to the tire! It was removed before we drove off. Can you imagine the shock of all those birds who had found what they considered an ideal place to construct their homes, only to return and have them totally gone.
This makes me wonder, why is this RV and Jeep so loved by wildlife? With trees nearby why select a man-made object over nature? It will be interesting to see what other creatures may be attracted to our motor home as we traverse the U.S. and Canada.