Loss of Oaks

Yes, The Squirrel Nutwork is still on winter hiatus, but our recent weather is prompting us to speak for the trees!

Like most of the east coast, we had high winds in northern Virginia over the weekend. Sadly, our suburban woodlands around the golf course lost many old oaks, a loss for both the human and wildlife inhabitants.

Many were snapped off, but a closer look showed that the heartwood of the tree was rotten.

Unfortunately, these older trees had such a branch spread of strong limbs that they took down adjacent trees.

One was apparently decayed enough at the base and roots that it uprooted.

We squirrels noted that recent replacement of the sidewalk adjacent to this last double oak had also included a regrading of the entire soil bed surrounding the tree… The tree was rotten, but it’s never a good idea to mess with the roots of a tree! They extend farther than most humans think–one and a half times the diameter of the branch spread. Good thing to keep in mind to help your trees weather storms like we seem to be having more frequently.


Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!

We had to break our hiatus for a little celebration…

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day! 

Thank you for following our squirrel stories on The Squirrel Nutwork and, out in the real world, enjoying the antics of 200 species of squirrels everywhere!

However, we squirrels aren’t naive enough to believe all humans love us. Some become very angry when we help ourselves to the food you put out for other wildlife, or take the opportunity to widen a hole in your house to provide a safe place to rear our kits.

Maybe some of you can explain that we are all sharing space in a world where wild places are getting harder to find, and acorns aren’t falling from every tree. (What are some of those species that do nothing but look pretty?)

For today, let’s celebrate that Christy Hargrove, a wildlife rehabilitator from Asheville, North Carolina, cared enough about squirrels to create a day to honor us! Thank you, Christy!

Acorns for all!

A Motionless Monday Holiday Wish!

Lo, what do we see on yonder fence?

Could it be Santy-Paws?

May the wonders of nature be yours this holiday season!

From your friends at The Squirrel Nutwork!

Nutmeg, Hickory, Ol’ Wally & Miz Flora



Closing down

It’s late in the day and snowing, our first snowfall of the season here in northern Virginia.

The overcast day reminds us squirrels of how we like to sleep more in the winter, stay holed up in our leaf nests and only run around enough to dig a few acorns. So that’s what we’ll be doing the next few months. We might pop in if something excites us, but we’re pretty much putting the blog to bed like we do each winter.

Stay safe out there! See you in the spring!

Nutmeg, Hickory, Ol’ Wally and Miz Flora


Motionless Monday

Hey there!

We are seeing this thing less and less, so this not-quite-a-wildlife-statue was fun to see!

And yes, it looks like Nutmeg is planning to close the blog for the season–we’ve just gotten too quiet here! She’ll post soon.

Have a great week!


One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

Quiet week here. I think this is an easy guess of most humans, but, hey, I’ll throw it out there anyway!

Be back later for your guesses!


All–nearly all!–they leaves on the ground here are oaks. The yellow leaves amid the coppery brown ones are  a branch form a White Oak tree. It’s one I–Hickory Squirrel–cut myself to add to my leaf nest. That’s why it’s a bit fresher than the rest of the red oak leaves that fell naturally.

Chilly nights, you know! We all need to add our layers.


Sunny fall days

It’s beautiful out there, and we’re taking advantage of it!


Motionless Monday

Hey there!

It’s cold, but a few wildlife statues in your human gardens still have an ‘active’ look about them…

,,,moreso than Nutmeg and I!

Have a great week!


Red Maples still holding on!

Sorry if you’re tired of fall color, but we tree-dwellers wait all year for this!


And…it’s still there!

The brush was cut on this edge of the golf course, and look what’s reappeared…

Poison ivy!