19 thoughts on “THE CROSSING

      1. They’ll look like the squirrels – I’ve been collecting some chubby squirrel photos to do a post on them – they sure are not as agile as they are with their slimmer Summer selves!

      2. I do see squirrels in the Winter when I try to get down to the Park when it is not icy and feed them. I assume the rest of the time they are hanging out in their nests and only go down to find the nuts they hid or forage for berries and pine cones or they see the walkers who feed them (3 others besides me). Maybe they hide food in their nests as well – the nest look large enough. I can see nests when the leaves are gone.

      3. Well it’s possible they hibernate in their nests in the real cold and snowy weather, and I sure couldn’t blame them. We sometimes have a string of days way below zero in January or February, but I have seen the squirrels romping around in the snow (probably looking for nuts that are hidden) or scampering along the perimeter path in the dead of Winter. If you look at this post from last February, you’ll see a few squirrels running around in the snow. They were probably hungry:

      4. I read a good article you might find interesting.
        Inside the story you can click onto a link.It goes to a 7 minute film about squirrels.I started watching it but soon turned it off.The reason why is that he had a cage in behind with two squirrels in it.I really think these creatures should not be held against their will.It would be like a giant came along & put us into a jail cell. I’m really against any kind of animal being caged …….just for the amusement of another.

      5. That was very interesting Wayne – thank you for sending it to me. I read the info and also searched around for suet as a Winter food source as I thought maybe I should get more suet for the Winter for the squirrels and birds (though I think the squirrels will steal the birds’ portion) … I didn’t see anything as he talks about his own mixture of biscuits to get for them.
        I know suet has benefits but a fellow blogger who feeds the squirrels and birds has mentioned getting corncobs – that is what she uses for her squirrel feeders is whole cobs of corn. She told me that after I gave them the mini pumpkins (which they ate up). I did get some sunflower seeds for the squirrels and birds to leave there at the Park when bad weather is predicted and I know I won’t be back for a few days. I bought some more walnuts for them when I went shopping last week as well. If I saw acorn trees on my walk I’d gather them, but we have no oak trees around here. Mike and the other two walkers who feed them peanuts won’t be walking in bad weather either. So, I stand corrected about the hibernation – I did not know they go into a state of torpor like the bears do. I did know they stay in their nests and interesting they have a “back-up nest” in case one is damaged. I know on bitter cold days in the Winter I have taken the car for a run and can’t walk on the path as its icy or the snow is high and I take peanuts for them and have to stand there a few minutes to ensure they see me. They come down reluctantly sometimes when it is cold and I don’t want to make them have to feel like “if we don’t go down to see her, she won’t give us food” … so I leave the peanuts there for them and go away. The Parks and Recreation guys do not always leave the picnic tables under the pavilion, sometimes they store them sideways in a fenced in area, and I have to put the peanuts on a park bench. But I worry now about that with any hawks or coyotes seeing them. I’ve not seen any more coyotes now in about 10 days nor is there any reference to them. I did watch the video and at 4 minutes 12 seconds into the video the guy goes outside to show the squirrel box so no more squirrels in a cage. I didn’t know there was such a thing as a squirrel shelter box.

      6. Thank you Wayne – I just looked at it, including the woodpecker pudding. I saw a few Red-bellied woodpeckers at the Park as well. I used to subscribe to “The Old Farmer’s Almanac” e-mails for years. They had helpful hints and how-to’s and I never saw how to make suet before.

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