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Squirrely squirrels

Posted Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 3:49 PM

A few times this week I've noticed squirrels burying last year's hickory nuts, hulls and all, in our backyard.

Perhaps I've never noticed this before, but do squirels usually bury nuts in April?

I've noticed this taking place many times in late summer, fall and early winter.

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critters, go figure. They sure make me smile though!

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 11:56 AM

LOL, yes that's true quantumcat.

-- Posted by leeiii on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 5:43 PM

I don't worry much if the squirrels bury nuts,bulbs,bird food,dog kibble,fruit and the like.

But,if they start caching away cans of water,seeds and freeze-dried munchies next to their first aid gear,ordnance,MRE's and everything from the back pages of Lehman's catalog and Mother Earth News...

(THEN I'll worry).

Iffy weather,past shortages or current surpluses may prompt the squirrels to stow things away.

Or,they may just feel industrious or forget what they have.

(Ever buy paper products or other staples when you have a good supply at home-not because of a sale or as a precaution but because what you had stored became "out-of-sight,out of mind" ?)

Some of the buried treasure will decay,be part of another critter's forage or (like the migrating bulbs) wind up giving us "volunteers" in unexpected places.

The squirrels may be marauders when they raid our gardens and bird feeders but they do provide a constant supply of suprises and amusement.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 4:03 PM

Squirrels bury excess food any chance they get. It may be indicative of a lack of natural resources during the next harvest time. (former wildlife rehabilitator).

-- Posted by wildwoman on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 1:03 PM

I used to enjoy squirrel stew, then I grew out of it, but with economy ALL the squirrels, rabbits, turkey and deer better behave.

My wife has been asking why we are not growing tulips. When we walk Bell Buckle, she keeps seeing some real nice beds. Guess that is not your house bellbuckltn.

Anyway, I may watch the clearance isle and try again. Ours just slowly went away. I guess I could have babied them more, but I kind of go for survival of the fittest.

Sorry we slipped off target Bo.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 11:02 AM

We have a system in place that redirects the squirrels from potentially eating holes in the attic to our cook-pot....seriously. Before you freak out and pass judgment, I would tell you that squirrel dumplings are actually pretty darn good.

-- Posted by Cornelia.Marie on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 9:53 AM

Same here I have two left and I planed two dozen about three years ago.

-- Posted by bellbuckletn on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 8:09 AM

my dratted squirrels dug up my tulips and ate them i guess. I only have one left and it has not bloomed for 2 years.

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Tue, Apr 14, 2009, at 8:06 PM

Everyone has the gardening bug at this time of year.

I am guessing there must have been an abundance this past season and they are putting the extra away in case of a bad year or to eat until the new arrives?

-- Posted by stevemills on Tue, Apr 14, 2009, at 8:01 PM

The squirrels have also been busy in my yard during the past few weeks carrying and burying nuts when our two little yorkies will leave them alone for a little while. They have also been known to transplant tulip bulbs all over the yard. We now have tulips in some of the strangest places far from where we planted them.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Apr 14, 2009, at 3:56 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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