I’ve been dealing with the unmistakable sound of acorns plopping off my backyard oak tree the past few weeks. The amount of acorns produced by oak trees can vary quite a bit from year to year, from almost none to bushels and bushels of the head conkers. This year seems to be what’s called a “mast year,” where the seed bearing nuts are extremely plentiful…. and quite dangerous to us ground dwellers. Especially when you’re walking through a park full of squirrels picking them out of the trees! On my most recent trip to the park last week, I was a bit surprised to find so little squirrel activity going on down on terra firma (Or terra cotta, as Mitzi would say)… at least until I heard all of the buzzing of activity going on up above me. And of course, the bevy of nuts that were raining down from the sciurine harvesters.
Above is a photo of one of the park’s oaks loaded to the gills with acorns still there for the taking. Just imagine how many of them can come from just one tree with how bunched up they are on just a few branches!
Wait a minute! This is the Saturday Squirrel post, after all. Shouldn’t we have a squirrel in it?
Have a great and nutty weekend everyone!