Today I dropped an old dead beech tree on the edge of the yard. Just as that sucker about hit the ground, a "flock" of flying squirrels took flight. I've caught them on my trail cams before after dark, but this was the first time I've ever seen them during the day. Examining the tree afterwards I found a hollow section in one spot with a nest full of squill **** inside. All total there were 4 flying squirrels that put on an aerial show unlike any other I've ever seen before for the next half hour! They seemed unaccepting of what just happened and hesitant to leave. That gave me enough time to run in and grab my camera. Eventually they all found their way to another tree with a hole in it and never came back out. Of course I felt a little sad for disturbing their home, but there was no way of knowing they were in there. Hopefully they'll be fine, but what an AWESOME sight to see them soaring around the forest with such grace and precision! Truly magical to see, but kind of a bummer the way they did not want to leave the site even with me tromping all over the place below them.