“The acorns are falling!” Hickory leaps back and forth under the huge Chestnut Oaks in our neighborhood. “This will make it so much easier to collect and bury them! And snack on.”
“Ugh, they’re green,” I tell him. “These are only good for burying.”
“Oh.” His tail droops.
“Well, look on the bright side. The humans have done something funny to the grass, so we won’t need to dig holes. Just push them in.”
Now both our tails are flicking as we get to work.
Because we’re squirrels it can’t be for anything else.
Our favorites are from the White Oak, but all oak trees produce them in different shapes and sizes.
We love acorns, and eat them year-round.
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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.
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!
Q can be a difficult letter to find in nature. Unless you are a squirrel.
Quercus is the genus name for the Oak tree family. We squirrels can’t imagine life without them. Every day of the year.
Chestnut Oak leaves
Willow Oak acorns
Eastern Gray Squirrel in Black Oak
White Oak catkins
Oaks in spring.
Haven’t seen enough oaks? Here’s what we had to say about our favorite
! Quercus on Q day in 2014
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…and oh they smell so good. There is nothing like scampering through oak leaves.