Acorns, squirrels. Squirrels, acorns.
My local squirrels are blessed to have a big oak tree in my backyard that supplies them with a veritable all-you-can-eat buffet of acorns every Fall. Last year, I got a ton of pictures of my fuzzy tailed friends reaping this nutty bonanza… like the handsome chap above with the still-green acorn in his mouth who gets to be this week’s Saturday Squirrel. I even featured a pictorial of a squirrel burying one of these acorns in an SS post last September.
But something’s been missing this year. My poor roof, which has had to endure these acorn beatings year after year, has been silent. Deathly silent, in fact. Last year, the acorn harvest was so plentiful that it sounded like a weeklong hailstorm was taking place. Where are all the acorns!?!?!?
The fact is, oak trees are not consistent in the quantity of acorns they produce from year to year. Last year was what is considered a “mast year”… a season in which oak trees will produce an overabundance of acorns. Sometimes, the trees will produce few to no acorns… as my oak is obviously doing this year, and also did in 2010 when the eerie September silence I’m experiencing now was also ever present. So it looks like this winter, my squirrels will be at the mercy of their secret nut caches, ability to find other food sources, and of course, my generosity in refilling their corncob feeder. I can already hear the little stomachs grumbling now…
I guess I better stock up on that corn….
Have a great weekend free of nuttiness!