>> Wednesday, October 28, 2009
While tripping gaily through Highland Forest last weekend we stumbled upon the following:
Huh? Here's a close-up:
That is a massive pile of 100% pine cone scales and denuded pine cones. And if you look closely, you can see that the whole pile is riddled with holes as though someone is living in it:
The neighboring pine trees? Not a scale nor cone under a one of them. Take, for example, this tree immediately adjacent:
Practically speaking, would a squirrel burrow in the pine cone detritus? I wouldn't really think so - but I have a hard time believing this is all from a chipmunk. A whole family of squirrels or chipmunks lives up that tree and only ever eats while in its branches? What else eats pine cones?
Seriously - this one has me a bit baffled. Anybody ever seen the likes before??