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A Squirrel with a Serious Case of the Munchies

>> 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:

Two of the possible conclusions I can draw from this are that 1) there is one enormous squirrel with a steroid problem who favors that tree, or 2) someone's been growing marijuana at Highland Forest and this squirrel has the munchies.

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??


BetIhavemoresquirrelsthan you! December 8, 2009 at 6:03 PM  

I vote for a Red Squirrel. They are fond of pine cones and if the guy in my back yard is any indication, they frequently picnic in the same spot. The spot is a small stump in the neighbors fenced in yard. That's right; the only yard with a dog in it. Reds do have an attitude!

Woodswoman Extraordinaire: December 11, 2009 at 1:08 PM  

BetIhavemoresquirreslthan you!, I like your red squirrel suggestion. And attitude is right! They have 10x the squirrel'tude of any other variety, I swear.

Anonymous June 20, 2014 at 8:42 AM  

yes Red Squirrel.

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