Friday, September 29, 2006

Squirrel. Nuts. Zipper.

Or squirrel, acorn, hole.

We have two big oak trees in our backyard. These trees play host to many adorable squirrels, always chasing each other up and down the tree trunks. Recently, the acorns have been dropping. If you listen, you can hear them thump the ground when they fall. Today, I have been watching the cutest squirrel behavior. One squirrel has been gathering acorns and burying them. It sniffs around with its tiny squirrel nose, all over the ground. It picks up an acorn, very quickly nibbles it and stashes it in its mouth. Then, with its teensy paws, it digs a little hole. If it doesn't like one spot, it steps over a little bit and chooses another. It digs a little hole then sticks its face in and twitches, presumably to spit the acorn in. Then it pushes all the dirt back into the hole and pats it over and over until there's no trace of any digging. So cute!

How do the squirrels find the acorns when they want to dig them back up? Do they sniff them out? Do they bury so many that they're likely to find one wherever they dig? Funny. I guess I need to do some squirrel research.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

May I send you my squirrels? They are not cute in the least when they dig up all of my carefully planted flowers ;)

Karen said...

I don't think they remember where they bury them. I have many stray black walnut trees to prove it. Ugh. I think they're cute too, but not when they bury their treasures in my yard to grow.

Heather said...

LOL Your account of the squirrels reminds me of Ice Age... Hehehe!

LoisLane said...

Did you ever see that tv special (on the learning or discovery channel) where they set up this giant obstacle course for squirrels that they had to navigate in order to get to the food at the end?? Was very cool to watch.

~Velda said...

I love squirrels...poor Megan and her squirrels tho lol...