It’s that time of the year again when my oak tree decides to rain down a steady stream of the nutty fruit it produced over the summer… most obviously, and annoyingly, bouncing off of my roof.
Oaks are notoriously fickle with the bounty of acorns they’ll yield from year to year. When I first moved here in 2009, there were acorns aplenty in odd years, and none in even years. Then came two straight acorns years followed by two straight dry years. I’ve since lost track of the pattern, but make no mistake, this is an…
…acorn year. And I’m sure my squirrels will enjoy the extra treats added to their autumn buffet… like the fellow up above I captured enjoying a fallen acorn yesterday morning in my backyard. This week’s Saturday Squirrel can enjoy a feast at the expense of my peace and quiet, but he might want to put on a hardhat first….
Have a great…
Argh….. weekend everyone!
We have a zillion of them already too – squirrels grabbing up armloads to eat and/or take back to their nests. We have to be careful walking through our backyard in spots because there are so many nuts on the ground – it’s easy to slip/roll on them and – well – not pleasant! We don’t hear them on our roof BUT we sure hear them falling out of the trees in our backyard. They are LOUD falling through all the leaves – BOMBS AWAY!
I think a lot of the bombs are due to the squirrels picking them off, because there sure are a lot fewer plinks during the nighttime. Reminds me of the time a squirrel in my yard got very upset that I decided to come outside, and it suddenly just rained and rained and rained acorns in my general area!
We don’t have any acorns, but I do try to put out extra nuts this time of year.
Everyone appreciates being left some extra nuts!
What a pretty squirrel.
My oak trees are taking a major leaf and acorn dump right now. The ground will be think with baby oak trees by February. I hope the squirrels are happy since I haven’t put food out for them since they knocked down one of my planter boxes and dug up another. I’ll give it another try. I’m sure the party squirrels have calmed down by now.
Oh, you should feel fortunate they haven’t thrown any acorns through your window yet. Squirrels don’t take lightly to having their free handouts cut off…
I wish I had the plink plink of acorns instead of the thud thud of black walnuts. Those things can be deadly when they drop from 80 feet up!
Do they have the thick green husks like the walnuts down here do? I’d be surprised if nobody’s been killed by a falling walnut before. I got a picture of a squirrel lugging one of those huge things up a tree in its mouth before…
Yes, thick green and then they get mushy after a while. Smell a little bit like lime. The squirrels love them but the cars hate them–they can actually cause dents when they land on the roof!
Hahaha. 😀 Watch out above!
I’m sure many of those plinks have been intentional!
The sky, it be fallin’!
As long as it isn’t blue ice…
No surprise that we are having a really HEAVY year for acorns. My son is sure it’s because we are going to have a severe winter. I think the trees are just doing it so i can have a thousand little dents on the roof and hood of my car. Those acorns are HEAVY. Some are almost walnut sized!
I haven’t really thought to test out the theory of acorn production predicting the coming winter… but even our harsh winters aren’t that bad. In fact, our worst winters are usually the warmer winters when those fronts that come through twice a week dump a freezing mix rather than snow…
It’s raining acorns! Lucky squirrels.
Unlucky Buster who just took one to the temple…
All we have is pin oak acorns but the squirrels still eat them. I usually ask a friend to collect the big ones for me so I can put them out around the bird feeder.