It is hot. It is humid. With this ongoing heat wave around the country, I don’t think anyone is seriously thinking about winter, except maybe the squirrels in my neighborhood.
One of the many traditionally cited signs of a hard winter is an unusual abundance of acorns. It’s also said that squirrels will start gathering these nuts earlier than usual to fortify themselves against a hard winter. Last week, I noticed “a ton” of acorns on my driveway and back deck. I cleaned it all up just in time to spend four days in Phoenix on business. (Talk about hot!)
Last night, I slept with my bedroom window open and, at around 6 a.m., I could hear a squirrel going crazy shaking the acorns out of the oak tree outside my window. And I don’t mean just a few, either. The nuts hitting the deck were cacophonous, and there were so many I couldn’t see the wooden deck beneath them!
So, now I’m wondering; is this is just a case of one crazy, overly-greedy squirrel with an outdated calendar? Does this guy know something we don’t? Or is he just afraid of the cost of food and fuel next winter?
If you have an oak tree, drop us a comment below and let me know whether the acorns are dropping in huge numbers, or the squirrels are being overly active. I’d like to know if I’m the only one.