In a comment to my former varmint report, Thyme asked about squirrels in this area. In Alabama squirrels are plentiful and are gray with bushy tails. I've lived here 22 years and this is the first time a squirrel has decided to move in with me. My yard is filled with hardwood trees which are in turn filled with squirrel nests. Squirrels can be easily seen everyday playing chase with one another out back. The only dispute I've ever had with them is that they bury their acorns in my flower boxes in the fall and spend the summer digging up all my flowers, even though I make sure to dig all their acorns out before planting anything.
The culprit continues to prefer my garage ceiling to his former home out of doors. We have made further contact with him. My daughter and son in law brought a trap over. I think it is for opossums, but we're hoping it will work for Rocky as well. While we were setting the trap up, he kept tabs on us from above. Every now and then we could see him fluffing his tail as if to say, "what are you doing in my home?" I keep thinking Christmas Vacation with the Griswold family. He scares the living you know what out of me! I know he is just a squirrel. I know I am bigger and stronger. But, he is a critter and he's on my turf. We pounded on the ceiling until he decided to exit the building for a while. We walked around the whole house trying to find his way in and out-nothing. Needless to say, when the commotion died down, he returned.
What if he is a she? And what if she is building a nest? I'm calling a real estate agent tomorrow. I think it's time to move.