How about this frog, prepared for winter with his nice house! Makes our leaf nests look a bit drafty!
Have a great week!
Another shot of our changing leaves.
Any guesses for what they are?
I’ll be back later to check your answers!
Isn’t that a gorgeous tree! It’s an oak, and common, maybe more so than you humans realize.
Chestnut Oak, Quercus prinus, is easily identified by its large rounded teeth along the margins of the leaves and growing in the higher, drier soils. The acorns are bigger than most oaks, and oval in shape.
And speaking of acorns… We squirrels are having a plentiful year, but as always, it’s a tiring chore preparing for winter. A regular reader asked if we’d be taking our winter hiatus again, and the answer is yes. We have some catching up to do. Nutmeg and I need to pick when, but it’ll be soon.
Get outside while the weather is good, folks!
When it’s a stick insect!
Can you believe that’s what human scientists call these? We kits grew up calling them walking sticks, but when I was doing a bit of research, I discovered you humans also run those words together: walkingstick.
As much as we are in trees, stick insects are good at camouflaging themselves, and move soooo slowly that we squirrels don’t see them that much.
“We’re too busy!” Hickory shouts, his words garbled by an acorn.
Still, I know what he’s saying, because he says it every day. Luckily, one of our human readers saw this stick insect away from a tree and was able to catch a photo of it. (Thank you!) Kind of fun to see how their legs each bend at different angles and the antenna fold to hide the head and make the bug even longer. Great disguise!