Folks, our natural world is a great place! We hope you can get outside to enjoy it today.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Squirrel Nutwork!
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Think you humans have heard Ol’ Wally harp on how important water is to wildlife. This little, clear creek is perfect.
Now we know you humans can’t duplicate nature, but it doesn’t take much to satisfy us. Just mimic the trickle of a slow creek, and we will find your offering!
Our first rainy day in a while…
Which reminds Ol’ Wally…
Keep those birdbaths filled! It’s important now as it is in the heat of summer.
Just another fall day hanging out on the golf course. Lovely.
In these parts, we’re getting a few hours of real warmth in the afternoons. Nice for sunning.
That’s two Eastern Painted turtles, and the big fellow is a Red-eared Slider, for those of you keeping watch.
Folks, no squirrel in his right mind is going out in this kind of rain…and if we do, it’s to grab an acorn and head back to the ol’ leaf nest.
So how about a glimpse of our lovely local pond before it began raining?
Maybe that will relax a few of you human readers as we buck up for more rain.
It’s the first day of fall! Yes, fall equinox, today, at 10:21 is the official time for you humans. We squirrels know you’re thinking this:
But Ol’ Wally here wants you to know we squirrels are thinking this:
Happy acorn season!
Nutmeg wrote all about composite flowers yesterday, but Ol’ Wally is here to tell you bees also like tubular flowers. Why? They have more nectar collecting down at the bottom of that tube. So it can be just as efficient to visit one good tube flower–like a Pink Turtlehead!
Now, that’s the only way to see a bee disappear. And please note, Ol’ Wally is showing you humans a tubular flower that is also a water-loving plant. Pink Turtlehead is a wonderful wildflower if you’ve got a bit of a damp area around your property.
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Ol’ Wally insisted I post a water-related bird, so here you go!
The Great Blue Heron does have more gray than blue on his feathering.
Walk around a pond and you’re sure to see dragonflies. Have you folks ever noticed some of them eat the smaller damselflies? Dragonflies are predators! Reminds this old squirrel of a miniature hawk.
This here is a favorite of mine, the Eastern Pondhawk–see, Ol’ Wally isn’t the only one thinking hawk! The male is easy to identify if you look for the blue abdomen and green face.
I’m sure you’ll be watching over your shoulder on your next pond stroll!
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