Thirsty Thursday

This old squirrel knows Nutmeg said the blog is closed for the winter, but sometimes a squirrel has got to do what a squirrel has got to do!

Eastern Gray Squirrel

See this pole next to Ol’ Wally here? On top there’s a great little puddle of water. Usually.

frozen water in birdbath

Please remember wildlife need water, even when it’s all around us. Sometimes that’s not how we need it, and we’ve got to be able to find it where it always is…uh, was…when we’re cold and trying to get back to our leaf nests.

Ok, end of old squirrel rant.

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Welcome to a new year!

The Squirrel Nutwork blog is still closed for the winter, but we thought you might like an update on our activities. Eastern Gray Squirrel in winter

For us squirrels, today is like every other winter day here in Northern Virginia: sunny and cold. The bright light wakes us up, then it’s lots of running around to eat to stay warm. Once again to Hickory’s dismay, we are in competition with the birds at our favorite deck bird feeders.

Birds feeding at bird feeder

There is a line–roughly a line, in bird terms–in the oak tree, and today a pair of Eastern Bluebirds have joined it.

Eastern Bluebird

Tail flicks all around. We may as well collect what falls instead of risking our ears getting pecked.

Hope you humans have a great start to your year!