26 thoughts on “All Kinds of Nuts Will Do

  1. A beautifully clear photograph of a very pleasant looking creature. Such bright eyes – and I enjoy the sight of the back foot wedged against the twig.

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    1. Thank you, Anne πŸ™‚ I heard a bird twittering above, I looked up and there was a squirrel munching. Don’t know what happened to the bird.

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  2. I didn’t realize that sycamore seeds are ‘helicopter-like.’ I always associate that kind of seed with maples. Still, as your photo makes clear, the shape of the seed’s not the first concern for the squirrel.

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    1. When I was a child I used to pick these up on the way home from school and throw them in the air and watch them come spiralling down. Sycamore is part of the same family as maples.

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    1. They can be a bain here, too as they freely seed quickly and you have them growing in the footings of your house causing damage if left to do so. Found one growing in the front garden this year and had to pull it out.

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  3. Voracious squirrels! Our sycamore tree (Platanus occidentalis) seeds are round balls of aggregate seeds that open in late winter releasing fluffy seeds on a windy day. Is this one what they call Maple Sycamore (Acer psuedoplatanus)?

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    1. Yes, it is Acer pseudoplatanus. I normally see the squirrels feeding on acorns or chestnuts, so this was a first for me.

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      1. Here, Gray and Red Squirrels wreak havoc in our red maples harvesting seeds in early summer, littering the ground with broken stems and leaves. But the trees seem able to handle the abuse and enough seeds are left to grow new seedlings.

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  4. Great shot. I wish we had squirrels here in Australia. I think they’re the cutest little critters I’ve ever seen. πŸ™‚

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  5. Nice behavior capture, Pete. Voracious little guys. Any seed will do as well as our always emptied bird feeders could attest. It took a long time to out fox those little raiders but I eventually did it. Now we don’t put seed out because the winters are warmer and last year bears were roaming almost the entire season. Must have just napped. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Steve πŸ™‚ I thought I had problems with a badger breaking through my back fence … b-but you have b-bears there to contend with!

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      1. Fortunately I have not had an up close and personal with one. But we’ve lost a few feeders and one left a sizeable calling card in our yard…no they don’t always dump in the woods…so we’ve been visited a few times.

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      2. A trowl will clear the fox or badger poo, but I guess you would need a good sized shovel for that there. Oh my goodness … bears raiding the feeders!

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      3. A trowel can handle a bear pile too but it takes more than one scoop. πŸ™‚ A friend of mine came home one night to find one had been in his kitchen raiding the seed bucket kept in there. Got i through an open window. His partner got up for a midnight snack and found the bear had returned and was half way in the window. A scream sent it packing. :0

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