Tuesday, July 5, 2011

squirrel carnage


I've been waking up every morning to this. 
It looks like a madman with a wood chipper has been let loose in my yard.


Who, me?


Yes, you
You of the razor sharp incisors, 
capable of turning one of these tightly closed pine cones into pine mulch, 
in a mere 15 minutes or less.


Note the progression here...


and the final result. 

Can you believe this is the same pine cone I showed you in the first photo? 
And here's the real kicker: the squirrels do this, over and over again, just to find and eat two pine nuts. TWO! Each seed smaller than a lentil.

That's what I call perseverance.


And now it's time for a nap.



19 comments:

rebecca said...

industrious squirrels...
and without a moment of complaint for the hope of these tiny slivers of joy.

today let's live life to the fullest, as bold and passionate as the perseverance of summer.

Mikko Tyllinen said...

awww! so cute! Fantastic pictures!

lilylovekin said...

I'm glad I don't have to work that hard for my dinner.

Teri said...

Wow...I never knew there were only two seeds in there! I thought there were lots. I have seen other cones with lots. It's nice that when they are done you can basically just sweep it up and use it around your plants as mulch though! Thanks for the help Mr. Squirrel! They are really cute though, aren't they!

Leslie said...

teri, i've tried to research further about the number of seeds in a pine cone, and it apparently varies (or the information i'm finding varies.) some references seem to suggest there are many seeds, while others suggest there are only a few. at any rate, those squirrels work pretty hard for their dinners!

here's one link that talks about pine seeds and squirrels: Squirrels Often Eat Pine Nuts

Jodi said...

The squirrels in your neighborhood work hard for their dinner! The lazy ones in my neighborhood rob bird feeders; especially when they're full of sunflower seeds. And believe me, they eat more than two.

ayala said...

So cute....such hard workers :)

Rachel said...

Interesting, I like the perseverance part this is what the Lord has reminded me of this week to remember enduring perseverance.

What a cute lesson of perseverance from a squirrel!

Loree said...

Oh that's just so precious. I wish we had squirrels here.

Nancy said...

Okay, I was a little afraid to click on your link when I saw the word "carnage." Glad bravery got the better of me and I was able to enjoy your little parable. (Industrious as they are, though, I might find myself threatening violence if squirrels were waking me up too early in the morning)

beth said...

nasty little things they are....but still, they make me laugh and smile :)

probably because i'm not the one cleaning up after them :(

it could be worse. you could have snakes or stink bug or roaches. wait. you have those. so ummm, how about alligators. you could have alligators. that would be bad :)

xoxo

Beth said...

I'm grinning. That squirrel is trying to give the innocent look, but we're not fooled. However, his subsequent nap shows that your opinion on the matter doesn't count!
Cute photos, Leslie. Big mess!

Ostriches Look Funny said...

um. would this be a bad time to tell you I was in your back yard with a chainsaw earlier?
Just kidding.
Squirrels. They eat all the birdseed. Amen.

Dianne said...

They certainly can make a mess... but aren't they fun to watch???

Rachel said...

I was plunking around Skippy's blog today getting ready to talk more about what kibble he is on and I came across the California naturals comments again. I've switched Skippy to Wellness and now he's on Castor and Pollux, he is really liking the Castor and Pollux, every dog is different and certain foods work for certain dogs, but I thought I should let you know I switched because Skippy was getting really itchy on the CN.:-)

S. Etole said...

such innocence in that nap!

Francesca said...

they are busy critters.

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

her's a seriously new, (maddening if you ask me) take on perseverance... un-be-lie-va-ble...
ever come across chip, or dale? my son drove me MAD while loving those two, when he was small...
n♥

Debbie D. said...

What little hard workers!!
The squirrels in my neighborhood taunt the dogs being walked. Somehow they know about leash laws, and use that tether to their advantage. If their chatter could be translated into human, they would be saying "na na naa na na" in a singsong way, as they perch themself on the tree trunk just out of reach. It's quite comical to watch!