Fall days

sigh.

 

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Bare Branch Exposure

The leaves are coming down, which means our nests are exposed!

Before the wind blows it to pieces, this is an American Robins nest. Well, we squirrels don’t really want you humans finding our hiding spots, but we understand you find it interesting to see where we and the birds spent our summer. Hickory and I have been packing extra leaves in our leaf nests for weeks now. We’ve heard there won’t be much snow, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be cold!

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

A bit of fall color for you to ruminate on this week.

What plant is this?

Check in with your guesses later!

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Perhaps this is a hard one to recognize…grows in floodplains, a small tree…

This is the Common Pawpaw, Asimina triloba, a native tree that grows in patches and produces a delicious fruit. We squirrels find them by the nose, on the tree while ripe and eat them right then. When they fall, they start to overripen immediately and lose their sweet flavor.

Miz Flora says humans are wising up to Pawpaw trees and fruit. They’re easy to grow and have few pests, so require little care to get a fruit crop. Check them out if you have a bit of moist land.

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

It’s a commonly blooming flower…

…what is it?

Leave your guesses in the comments!

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Asters are still blooming this late into fall.

Some are white, some purple.

Sorry, I don’t pay enough attention to asters to know their names–they don’t produce anything we squirrels eat. But these late-blooming flowers are very important to an entire group of insects preparing for winter…

Bees! Both honeybees and solitary bees are still about on warm days seeking nectar.