Also winter prepared is my very cute red squirrel neighbour, Reddy. He's plump beneath his thick fur coat and he has been busy.
Between the house and the honey bee yard is a stand of evergreen trees, planted by my parents about seventy years ago. I've noticed the little squirrel hanging out on the ground there recently. Now I see what it was up to. Spruce cones -- piles of them now placed neatly in little caches for seed meals needed in the frigid months ahead.
|Spruce cones stuff an old log. Reddy has been busy!|
|Dozens of these cone middens lie scattered about the area.|
|These soft maples are considered weed trees but Reddy loves their key seeds.|
|Apples are peeled to help them dry faster before being stored away.|
|What other squirrely grocery treasures lay stashed inside that box?|