About squirrels?

I haven’t come up with some deep, dark secret to tell you about squirrels that hasn’t been spread around the internet yet. Er, I hope. So I’ll tell you about us.

I’m Nutmeg. I decided to blog about my daily adventures when I moved to a new neighborhood on Reston National Golf Course. I like the outdoors–I better since I’m stuck there–and explore it every day. I always find something to interest me in nature, even though we live in suburbia. I say that, though Reston is a nice place to live if you have to live in a suburb. It’s a planned community with lots of land dedicated to open space. I could tell you more about it, but I’d only be repeating what’s on their website.

My friend Hickory is a lifelong resident of this neighborhood. He likes scampering from deck to deck as much as from branch to branch and, I have to admit, notices more that I do around us. During my first month of writing for the Blogging A to Z Challenge in April 2012, Hickory took over the Sundays when we didn’t have to meet the challenge posts. He started his column One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve. In May he added Motionless Mondays, his funny look at garden statues that mimic wildlife.

Ol’ Wally is a cornerstone in our squirrel community. He keeps us squirrels informed about water resources, which as everyone knows, is essential for all life. I was very pleased when this older squirrel took on writing a water column, Thirsty Thursdays. At first I think he said yes because he can’t say no, even though he puts on a gruff front. But now I think he likes writing for humans.

Miz Flora has still refused to use what she calls ‘that newfangled device.’ Yet, the avid gardener makes time to show me new plants to feature on the blog. She’s a wealth of information about native plants, Virginia’s in particular, since the mid-Atlantic is our home.

That’s our little group here at The Squirrel Nutwork. We’re happy to have you visit and even happier to have a conversation with humans, something that seems safer online than in person. So drop us a message if you have a minute!

We’re at: thesquirrelnutwork AT gmail DOT com

I’m sure you know to replace those AT and DOT words with the real thing. Sadly, I have to admit we squirrels aren’t the best at keeping up with our email. If you do send us a private note, drop a comment on the day’s blog to go look for it. Just like buried nuts, some emails lie hidden for months.

Happy nut hunting,


P.S. Forgot someone! We have some underground…camouflaged…how do you humans say it? Behind-the-scenes! We have behind-the-scenes support from naturalist, Laurel Wanrow. If you like nature and magic, and stories that include it, like the magic of four squirrels managing a blog, check out her nature fantasy novels at www.laurelwanrow.com.

25 thoughts on “About

  1. Great to meet you, Nutmeg! I had a good squirrel friend when I first moved to my house, but we haven’t seen him in a couple of years, so we think he may have passed on to the Great Nest in the Sky. His name was Piglet, and he had a very short stump of a tail–but he never let that slow him down!

  2. Delightful musings from an interesting perspective.

    I saw a box turtle almost identical to the one in your photograph just this morning. The rain must have driven him out in search of slugs.

    Keep writing and thanks for sharing!

  3. Great concept! I only wish my squirrels were more interested in teaching me about the world around them instead of just eating the corn I put out for them and taking off. Keep up the good work Nutmeg and Co.!

  4. Well hello Nutmeg, I usually don’t pay attention to squirrels but your blog has caught my attention. I’ve traveled back to your November 2nd post so far and had to stop for now. I’ve enjoyed my walk through and have liked most of your posts along the way. Nice work, very creative, we share most of the same subject matter and I enjoy seeing others’ perspective on it. I will be back at a later date to continue my visit towards your March 2012 finish line, or beginning line. As before, nice work, very refreshing, look forward to more posts. Thank you for sharing them, Michael

    • Hi Zheng3,
      Hickory is chittering at me for being so bad about this, when I’m the squirrel who’s supposed to be blog savvy. Obviously, this doesn’t come naturally to us. Our email is thesquirrelnutwork AT gmail DOT com. It wouldn’t hurt to leave a comment saying you’ve sent an email; I’m bad about checking them.

  5. Hi Nutmeg,

    I’m so thrilled discovering your blog! It’s great though I chanced up on you only here in the internet, otherwise I’m gonna ask you to go chasing squirrels with me.

    We don’t have squirrels in my country and when I got the chance to travel to the UK and see squirrels for real, I had a great time chasing them. I know, that might warrant for some eye rolling but I just find them cute and i am wondering whether it’s possible for me to hold them in my hands :p

    I love blog themes of flora and fauna so your page is perfect for me to browse for a good read. Visiting you from the A-Z April Challenge.

    Your new follower,

  6. I love squirrels and this blog. I do have one question. I have a resident squirrel in my pine tree who is quite sassy and chitters back and forth with me. Yesterday, I found said bundle of cuteness at the top of my shake shingle roof, snapping the shingles. The noise was weird, so this is what I found upon investigating. Later on, we met again as said fur ball was snapping the shingles at the gable end of my roof. We are planning to replace our roof as it is old and currently a fire hazard in dry country. Is this a ploy to attempt to get into my attic? Neighbors say they are pests. This one is adorable and keeps me entertained in my backyard. I just want to make sure we aren’t going to have a problem. Any wisdom to lend?

    • Hi Colorado Squirrel Girl!
      We would have to agree, your squirrel friend may be looking for a way in. Is there any bit of a hole near these shingles? Squirrels like to enlarge a hole that possibly leads to a larger nesting cavity inside. Do you see gnawing marks in these areas? An alternative thought might be our–distant!–cousin is collecting materials to build a nest, but Nutmeg thinks shingles wouldn’t be too comfortable. But we will ask anyway: have you seen the squirrel carry off the pieces, or are they just dropped? Our third thought about this weird behavior–something even I wouldn’t do, and not because there are very few shake roofs in Virginia–is possibly there is food under your shingles. Sorry, this is rude Miz Flora tells me, but do you have bugs? As in, beetles may have laid eggs in or under your shingles and the larvae are hatching and chewing around in there? That food source would be very attractive to a squirrel in the spring when pickings are slim!
      Can you go do a bit of poking around and report back? We would be interested in hearing if any of these suggestions pan out.
      Thanks for leaping in with your unusual squirrel question!

    • We suggest you talk to a tree expert at your local nursery–and pick one that has been in business for a while and carries native tree species. Some tree species have male and female trees, which differ in blooming, fragrance and even odor! (check out ginkgo for example) You need to talk to someone who knows all this. Good luck!

      • Thanks for your kind reply,
        I had many good experience ( fragrance ) samples in Japan, After I came to Canada, the best one ever since was, when I made trip to Washington DC 2004, I spend one week in Smithonian and one day I came off from subway, I smelled it. I had to follow the smell to the tree, good three blocks, and I found it. I stayed there for a half an hour. Along with Cicada that year, I could not forget. Yes I miss Cicada too. I have not been lucky in Vancouver area so far with magnolia flower, non smell here.
        Ginco smell bad when female tree bare fruit. Those fruit we keep them in water for months then wash off and eat nuts inside. We bought some many years ago to eat and found some had root came out. We have two gin tree 8″ or so diameter now. Both seem male.
        I did not know magnolias have male, female. I will talk to specialist.
        Thanks again.
        Dan Kurahashi

      • Holly trees have male and female and now that we think about it, we are not quite sure about the magnolias–you will just need to check! Best wishes!

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