Thirsty Thursday


We squirrels are leaping from dry branch to dry branch that we are finally out of the rain! Time to enjoy the sun!

But watch out for those streams that are filled to the brim!


Thirsty Thursday


This here Lesser Yellowlegs is doing something we squirrels practice every day…

Get it? He’s taking a walk outside.

National Trails Day is coming up this Saturday, June 2. Maybe you’ll plan a walk to see us–or at least something in nature?

Thirsty Thursday

Well folks, we’ve had some excellent weather this last week. Cool enough we squirrels leaped over to the big pond to have a poke around. Spotted a few birds relaxing, and Hickory wanted to steal this one for a Sunday mystery, but my water column fell first. Still, I’ll ask, do you recognize him?

It’s a black-crowned night heron, which as their name implies, are mainly active at night or early mornings. By the time we arrived, he was done with catching fish and crayfish and moving on to rest and preening.

There’s a look at some mighty fine feathers! Enough to make even a squirrel proud.

One of Nature’s Mysteries to Solve

Hey there!

If you’re new to following us, I’m Hickory squirrel, and I host a fairly regular Sunday column in which I post a photo of something from nature in our suburban area around Washington, D. C., and you, our human readers, post a guess of what it is. Simple, right?

Here we go!

I’ll be back this evening to check your guesses!


This fancy-looking fellow is a Hooded Merganser, and yes, he is native to North America. This male’s ‘hood,’ or crest, with its white patch can be raised to show off during mating.

The females are less showy, and you might think it’s so they camouflage on the nest to protect themselves and their young, but these ducks next in tree cavities. Try putting up nest boxes if you live near a pond or stream, just like for a wood duck. They dive to catch fish, crayfish and aquatic insects and may be overlooked because they are a small duck, about the size of crow.

P is for Pileated Woodpecker

He’s the largest woodpecker in North America, and the loudest. Trust us squirrels, we know!

The holes one of these guys can make can turn a decent hollow tree into something even a squirrel feels exposed in.

And they are huge competition at the bird feeders. You humans are always thrilled to see one, but us…not so much.