You know how busy our suburban lives are. With all the things we squirrels do, it’s harder every year to collect the acorns we need for winter.
A few years ago–actually, it’s been five!–Hickory and I decided to close down the blog. Then we started blogging again, and it came to pass over the next years that closing the blog for the winter gave us the break we needed. A squirrel never knows what winter may bring, however, we do plan to resume the blog, likely for the Blogging A to Z Challenge in April. (What’s that? They have a website, too: a-to-zchallenge.com)
Our archives are still open. Using our sidebar menus, you can look up past posts in categories. For example, if you like to test your nature skills in our Sunday mysteries, search the title “What is it?”. Or use the search bar–labeled ‘Trying to find those nuts we’ve buried?–to hunt for your favorite plants, wildlife or other nature topics. We’re actually pretty good at labelling stuff for you to dig around.
Until spring, have a safe, warm and productive winter!
Your friends at The Squirrel Nutwork.
Nutmeg, Hickory, Ol’ Wally and Miz Flora
Yes, the leaves are now off the trees, but we still wanted to share this beautiful fall day romp we had around the pond. Now we need to get down to the business of staying warm!
The rain in our area brought down the majority of the leaves this week, but Nutmeg managed to catch a gorgeous red maple before it did.
Enjoy! (we squirrels did!)
Space. Shelter. Food. Water.
These are important for all of us to live, and wildlife are caught in the squeeze as much as humans.
So today, one of those important human days, at least where we live in suburban Washington, D. C., please chose kindness to make things better for your world and ours.
It’s that day you humans have been building up to with your fun and gruesome decorations.
So while we watch from afar–and maybe have a nibble of your pumpkins!–we squirrels would like to put out a gentle reminder that nature did it first!
Have a safe day–don’t get caught in a web of your own making! Happy Halloween!
Brrr! Anyone else feeling the cold? Hickory and I spent the last few days adding to our leaf drays.
His isn’t exactly in the crook of a large branches, and I’ve not been sure the leaves would stay, but now he has a huge pile accumulated in that maple.
“But I’ve got it all lined with grass, and it’s warm,” he chitters. “You test your nest and I’ll test mine.”
Huh, he didn’t complain after last night’s dip to near freezing, so I’ll be around to check after the first big wind.
Here in the northern Virginia suburbs, we squirrels have heard it’s supposed to be fall. But, it’s green here, folks. Or whole trees have dropped their leaves. It takes some looking to find signs of fall. But we did!
A blue jay feather, proof that, yes, your wild neighbors are about even if you humans haven’t crossed paths with us.
So folks, it’s that time of the year–or soon will be. We are getting lots of rain from regular weather, as well as Hurricane Florence pushing some up this way, so our trees and hillsides aren’t drying out. But have you noticed it’s dark by 7:30 these days? Fall equinox is this Saturday, at 9:54 pm. (How do you humans figure these things out?) The plants know the daylight hours are waning and will start to pull in their sugars. This makes the leaves pretty, and you humans like to touch them. Except theres one that shouldn’t be touched…
Yep, that’s the very pretty fall variation of poison ivy. The leaves are drying so don’t have as much natural oil as it does in the spring–the stuff that causes itchiness–but it has enough.
Leaves of three, let it be!
After Ol’ Wally’s dramatic tale from yesterday, I decided the blog needed an uplifting moment–and butterflies seem to still fit that idea. No spicebush swallowtails or monarchs died during the time Hickory and I visited these flowers!
But we did find one juvenile hiding!
“As he well should!” Hickory chittered. “Birds. If you can’t trust them to stay out of your sunflower seeds, then when can you trust them?”