Hawk alert!

We squirrels spotted this hawk’s shadow flying in and we took cover!

This beast searched the area, head swiveling about as he sat as still as he could to not give himself away.

We think it’s an immature Cooper’s Hawk, but honestly, squirrels don’t stick around to clarify these things!

Color on a gray winter’s day

We squirrels don’t know about you humans, but coming upon these witch hazel blossoms in the winter really brightens our day!

This native shrub, Hamamelis virginiana, blooms at the oddest times. Anytime from October–thus the reference to witches!–to March. And sometimes twice! All the better to enjoy!

Along with this cheer, we must announce that we’ll be suspending the blog this week for our winter hiatus. Look for one last post, then we’ll see you in the spring!

#LeaveTheLeaves

Are you hearing the roar in your neighborhood? We are.

Leaves being removed.

Homes being removed. Food. Insects. The base of the food chain.

Save the leaves! Keep them on your land, under your trees, around your shrubs. Even an undisturbed corner helps insects gain a foothold.

Share this image in as many ways as you can–The Xerces Society wants to get the word out!

Fall is upon us…

With the dry weather and slightly cooler temperatures in our suburban neighborhood of Washington, D.C. we squirrels feel that fall has descended. After all, it’s only a few more days until the autumnal equinox!

The fall plants like this Wingstem are certainly showing off and putting their last efforts at getting their seeds developed. Good for them, and the bees, too!