Any Squirrel Experts Here?
After 30 years on this place, the critters still surprise me. I was just now walking back up to the house with my mail (mailbox is about 300 yards from the house down on the road) and I noticed a squirrel acting strangely up in a big oak tree. S\he seemed to be chewing on twigs....no, look again: s\he was gathering leaves--and being very, very picky about which leaves to gather at that.
Then I looked further up the tree and saw the absolute largest squirrel nest I've ever seen--OK, so that's what the leaves are for. There are lots of squirrels around here, and they've built nests in most of the large oak trees.
But this one is not just the biggest squirrel nest around--and getting bigger by the minute--it's also in a really strange location. The other nests are secure in the crooks of big heavy branches. This one is out on the very tips of the branches, where the thin, flexible branches of two neighboring trees meet and cross over one another. It looks like Squirrely has woven branches from both trees together into this behemoth nest and is still building on it.
Anybody see squirrel behavior like this before? I'm wondering how a giant nest stretched over the thin end-branches of two trees is going to stand up to serious winter storms? Does the size of the nest mean Squirrely is expecting a really bad winter? Or maybe a big litter of babies? Or maybe just has an uncontrollable urge to outdo all the other squirrels?
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