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

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Motionless Monday

Hey there!

We see many of you humans placing pumpkins out this time of year…sadly, not for us. Years ago we saw a specially decorated one that we’ve never seen the likes of again. We thought our readers might enjoy seeing it again, even though it’s not technically a ‘wildlife garden statue.’

Nutmeg and I called it the ‘nature pumpkin.’ The leaves are real!

Have a great week!

Turkey Tail Fungus

The other day we took a break from our acorn burying to rest in the shade on this stump.

Pretty soon Hickory was ready to run again, but I paused to peer at the stump edge. “There are two fungus types growing here, but I believe they are both Turkey Tail fungus,” I told him.

He perched beside me and swished his tail. “Nope. Only the striped one. The gold one might have the waves, but it’s missing the stripes.”

I compared the gray striped one to the plain gold one, then we left for acorn hunting again. Later that day I hunted down Miz Flora and asked her.

“He’s right,” she said. “The scientific name is Trametes versicolor. Versicolor means ‘of several colors’. Turkey Tail fungus isn’t just orange and gold. It can be other colors, but it always shows several colors. Your plain gold fungus is something else, and I have to admit, I only know they most common fungus so it’s a mystery to me.

And it’s a mystery to me why I hadn’t picked up that fungus tidbit and Hickory had. But I know it now!