Going Squirrely

July 28, 2009

Yes, this place is NUTS!

We have lots of nut trees around here.  There are hickory nut trees in the woods and bottom pasture.  There are several walnut trees in our backyard.  There are lots of oak trees producing oodles of acorns.

In other words, this place is a haven for squirrels.

They have regular highways, and love to use some of the pallet fences as a regular access road.

Squirrel on pallet fence.

Sometimes the squirrels run along one edge, sometimes they go for a dual track.  Talk about agile!

Squirrel walking edges of pallet fence.

They often take flying leaps and move so fast I have a hard time aiming the camera and catching them as they go.

Squirrel leaping along pallet fence top.

From the pallet fence surrounding the trumpet vine in the back yard, the squirrel goes zipping across the wooden gate that leads into the main pasture.   The squirrel ignores the pasture and heads for the side yard.

Squirrel on wooden gate.

You see, this particular Squirrel Highway leads to a specific destination.  From this gate the squirrel either runs a short distance on the grass or uses a picket fence path to get to the tree by the birdbath.  There are bathers there before him, however.

The pair of cardinals were having a great pool party until the squirrel came along.

Cardinals playing in birdbath while squirrel climbs down tree behind them.

Once he made the scene, they left.  That suited the squirrel just fine, who decided to get up there and get a drink.

Squirrel drinking out of birdbath.

After the squirrel quenched its’ thirst, it was time to check out what was stored in the pantry.  This means searching around for buried treasure. 

Squirrel looking for buried nut.

Evidently this squirrel thought the area around the birdbath a good place to bury nuts.  It finally found one, dug it up, and checked it out to be sure it was still good.

Squirrel taste-testing nut.

Once the squirrel decided this nut was indeed still worthy of keeping, it picked a new place and buried it again.

Once the nut was buried and the coast was clear, the squirrel took off for the treetops again.

At least until the next time it wants to travel the Squirrel Highway.

Squirrely in Sanford

November 29, 2008

We went down to central Florida to visit family for Thanksgiving. We were staying in housing close to Lake Monroe in Sanford. In the morning we enjoyed walking along the lake. Not surprisingly, there were lots of boats in the lake though there is only one in this particular picture.

Lake Monroe

 There were lots of other people walking along the lake, many with their canine companion (s).

We don’t see many palm trees in our part of the world, so it was neat to see the ones lining the side of the walk closest to the lake.  Many of them were full of berries.

 The birds were munching up on the berries, and there was another familiar critter in the trees…

Squirrel in Palm Tree.

Squirrel in Palm Tree.

Yes, these furry little beasties seem to be everywhere!  We have lots running around in our walnut, hickory, and oak trees back home, but they look to be equally at home in the palm trees in Florida.

However, this little squirrel didn’t limit itself to berries from the palm trees.  It also looked for bread crumbs on the sidewalk, and when it saw one, it went flying across the walk to pounce on it.

Yep, things are squirrely in Sanford!

Going Nuts

November 19, 2007

We have several walnut trees in our back yard that are producing a bumper crop this year. The Farmer gathered up a bunch of these, first filling a wheelbarrow, then several plastic bags. He put this horde of nuts in our storage hut.

One of nature’s other bumper crops discovered his treasure trove.

Yes, there are lots of squirrels scampering through the trees and all over the yard, and they discovered Nut Heaven. No work at all, right there in one place was a mountain of walnuts.

They helped themselves.
They went nuts for the nuts, and now… they aren’t many left. The full sacks and full wheelbarrow are mostly empty.

Wasn’t it nice of The Farmer to pick up all those nuts so the squirrels wouldn’t have to work so hard?