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Sep 20, 2019 04:46:25   #
Mary Cardiff (a regular here)
 
We have two large Oak trees,in the area,
I have been picking up the acorns that fall onto the road,dont want to find a squirrel,that been hit by a car while picking up acorns,
I throw them under the tree,the acorns not a squirrel,
But the are so many acorns lying on the grass,where are the squirrel,Maybe eating from bird table,acorns off the menu,
 
Sep 20, 2019 05:13:16   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
Mary Cardiff wrote:
We have two large Oak trees,in the area,
I have been picking up the acorns that fall onto the road,dont want to find a squirrel,that been hit by a car while picking up acorns,
I throw them under the tree,the acorns not a squirrel,
But the are so many acorns lying on the grass,where are the squirrel,Maybe eating from bird table,acorns off the menu,


They want a certain ‘vintage’ of acorn. Without your vehicle crushing the contents and enabling the aging process...OR just chalk it up to lazy squirrels!

After all, they are mooching at the expense of feeding birds...birds have to put more effort into flying.
Sep 20, 2019 05:14:27   #
korrena
 
Not seen acorns for a long time , collect and craft with them Mary .
Sep 20, 2019 05:40:41   #
Emmy Cat (a regular here)
 
Lucky you Mary, I wish we had a garden big enough to have at least one oak tree. Why not plant some and give the plants away or maybe donate them to a local park? x
Sep 20, 2019 06:12:45   #
Kathleen's daughter (a regular here)
 
This was so cute I copied and pasted it

"I WATCHED a squirrel bury a chestnut the other day in a little park near my home in Brooklyn. He was holding the big nut in his long-fingered hands when he saw me out of the corner of his eye. He froze, as if considering whether or not to abandon his plan -- to bury the nut, I suppose -- or to ignore me and continue.

It was almost insulting how this city squirrel, far tamer than the ones I'd grown up with, apparently decided I was of no consequence and got on with the job (which was nice for me because I'd never seen such a thing before in my life).

The squirrel set his nut aside and began to dig -- not more than five feet from my shoes. He dug a hole so deep his little arms soon disappeared, and then his head (it was a large nut, after all, that he was about to bury). Then he quickly straightened up, grabbed the nut, put it in the hole and began scooping the soft soil back into the hole with the care of a master gardener. When the hole was filled, he patted down the soil, then proceeded to pound it with his arms like a miniature jackhammer. (He must have been trained in the old rose-planting method, in which you really stomp on the soil.) Then he scooped some leaves over the spot and was off."

It seems squirrels leave about 74% of the nuts in the ground so this helps trees spread, too!
Sep 20, 2019 06:20:17   #
Mary Cardiff (a regular here)
 
I use to feed one with sweet chestnut, one my window sill but after one got into my loft,had to stop,
 
Sep 20, 2019 06:30:33   #
Mary Cardiff (a regular here)
 
Emmy Cat wrote:
Lucky you Mary, I wish we had a garden big enough to have at least one oak tree. Why not plant some and give the plants away or maybe donate them to a local park? x


Not in my garden thank goodness,The shrubs in the front are in my garden and the bit of orange,so close to the lardge trees


Sep 20, 2019 06:33:05   #
Mary Cardiff (a regular here)
 
kaixixang wrote:
They want a certain ‘vintage’ of acorn. Without your vehicle crushing the contents and enabling the aging process...OR just chalk it up to lazy squirrels!

After all, they are mooching at the expense of feeding birds...birds have to put more effort into flying.


Only pick up the acorns that are whole.
Sep 20, 2019 06:44:58   #
ade (a regular here)
 
I like the little acorn caps and often dot little faces on the acorns to amuse my little friends. Now I hear a little acorn cap calling on me to knit it from my stash.
Sep 20, 2019 09:11:42   #
Paulaross
 
The Native Americans ground the acorn and made a type of flour. Very few oak trees in my area, the ones that are here are scraggly looking things, maybe soil is too acidic. Mainly conifers so chipmunks eat my tulip bulbs and little seeds in the fir cones.
Sep 20, 2019 09:25:37   #
Mary Cardiff (a regular here)
 
did people make a kind of coffee with acorn ,during the war,Just looked on google yes you can make coffee,But will leave then alone,if we have a bad winter food for animals,
 
Sep 21, 2019 11:58:16   #
Medieval Reenactor (a regular here)
 
i HATE squirrels. I confess to minor celebrations when we see them squashed in the road. They are destruction rats with fluffy tails. (Can you tell we've had gardens and flower pots destroyed by the marauding rodents?)
Sep 21, 2019 23:26:38   #
Susie2016 (a regular here)
 
A squirrel got into our basement once, where the washing machine & dryer are. And the main litterboxes for the cats. I thought the DH would know how to solve the problem but he DIDN'T!!! I called animal removal companies but they wanted $300. So I made the DH buy a trap. But I had to send him back to the store TWICE to get the right size trap. Then it's bait tray wouldn'trigger. Also, it was too close to the trap door and so the squirrel kept getting the bait and still getting out of the trap, over and over. Still no help from the DH. Finally, I figured out how to set an alternate bait saucer, I slightly weighted the trap's bait tray to trigger with the squirrel's weight, and I put all kinds of squirrel delicacies on the bait saucer. Orange slices, peanuts, peanut butter---heck I put tons of stuff on there. All in all, from start to finish, it took me two weeks----but I caught that dadburn squirrel. Then I had the DH drive me 5 miles away, over heavy-trafficked highways, to a place where I could let the squirrel out of the trap.

Moral of the story. Don't ever depend on a DH to get rid of a squirrel in your basement.....

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Sep 22, 2019 03:21:55   #
Mary Cardiff (a regular here)
 
I had a lot of work done on the roof,The house facing south the fabric under the tiles was replaced,something called roof trays installed,at night could sill hear him,sounded like he had a hob nailed boots,then watching the CC camera early one morning saw were he was getting in and out,
Thank goodness my neighbour is a roofer,make sure the squirrel was out and a quick repair.
 
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