Another day, another rainstorm here in northern Virginia. One that clear up quickly.
This one knocked all the ‘flowers’ from the White Pine trees.
Nothing like a rainstorm to clear the air!
It’s raining, people, and we need the water! But what’s more notable, is it’s cold. This old squirrel can’t recall an odder spring, or perhaps I should say, set of springs. We’ve had warm spells up to 80 degrees in February, March and April and now back in the 60’s for May.
We squirrels are not debating climate change.
We’re still on our winter break, especially with the dump of snow hitting our little corner of the world. But a reader sent a great photo to us and we had to share.
Our normal ways of collecting food–sniffing out the acorns and hickory nuts we buried last fall–isn’t working too well with several feet of snow on the ground here in Northern Virginia. Our reader put seed in cleared area to help us out–and perhaps the birds, too. We thought we’d share her idea in case a few of you might also be able to help your neighborhood critters. Thanks, Mary Ellen!
If you aren’t a regular reader, please see our prior post explaining The Squirrel Nutwork‘s winter blogging break.
It rained! For more than one day, too!
We at The Squirrel Nutwork are excited, but not nearly as excited as this chipmunk in our neighborhood.
The rain knocked leaves and ripe acorns from this Pin Oak, making them easy gathering for a fellow mammal who isn’t as keen on climbing as we are.
But when it’s easy pickings, we’ll grab some of those acorns, too!
And happy first of October! (Where has the year gone?)
It’s been many years since I’ve seen cracks such as these! Take another look.
A squirrel could lose a paw down a crack this wide! We had rain Monday and Tuesday, but it doesn’t seem to have made a bit of difference to these trees.
This old squirrel hopes you humans see the benefits of leaving leaf litter in place, or putting down your human mulch. It’s not just for hiding acorns, you know! (And give your street trees a long sprinkle if you can, please.)
Don’t recognize this? Well, how about this?
Yes, folks, it rained yesterday! We squirrels were so excited, we actually scampered through the warm puddles–and there were too many! It was like the old, hard, dry ground didn’t recognize what was happening to it, and let the water run off!
That’s how dry it is. The plants are suffering, the weaker dying, others dropping leaves early, ’round here leastwise. And for northern Virginia that little bit of rain we had yesterday isn’t going to make much difference. If your area is in the same state and you can, water your plants and set a sprinkler on those street trees and shrubs–they have it the worst for trying to catch rain on the least amount of ground.
Thanks from this old squirrel, who uses those trees everyday!