Well for the squirrel at least, there is now mom and pups in the box on the martin pole. Going though the evicting routine of lowering the pole, open the box and removing leaves, when some squirmy things were under the leaves. They can have the box for a few weeks, at least until the pups can fend for themselves a bit. Plus the red phased owl was content in the SQR box today. This does mean that it will be tougher to tell if or when a pairing occurs(ed).
note to self:
next season, move the pole further away from the forsythia and the apple tree branches that are behind it.