Busy Time for Squirrels

Top Photo: Eastern gray squirrel sits on boulder chomping on nuts.

Squirrel activity is high at this time. There’s lots of nest building and renovating, digging up of old buried seeds and nuts, and frequent munching. The weather has turned slightly colder and the squirrels are paying attention.

Here’s some shots of resident gray squirrels doing what squirrels do while prepping for and reacting to the cold of winter.

Wax myrtle fruit’s waxy coating appeals to both birds and apparently squirrels.
This squirrel tears apart a loblolly pine cone for its seeds.
Nuts and seeds are favorites.
Squirrel carefully watching me as it sits atop a rock and munches.
Pine nuts.
A mouthful of construction material to insulate its nest.
The nests are made from leaves, twigs, tree bark and other soft material.
Bark stripped from redwood for nest.
Three nests built close together.
How many nests do you see in this shot?
Gray squirrels frequently use tree cavities to build nests.

So, if you notice the squirrels seeming to be busier than usual, they are. And, you now know what’s behind it all.

1 response to Busy Time for Squirrels

  1. Sherry says:

    Thanks for the squirrel update Ranger Greg (and sharing Ranger Brooke’s wonderful Christmas mask and more). Will you write another post about squirrels on their appreciation day? (1-21-2021)?

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