The Eastern Gray Squirrel is a scatter-hoarder; it hoards food in numerous small caches for later recovery. Some caches are quite temporary, especially those made near the site of a sudden abundance of food which can be retrieved within hours or days for re-burial in a more secure site. Others are more permanent and are not retrieved until months later. It has been estimated that each squirrel makes several thousand caches each season. The squirrels have very accurate spatial memory for the locations of these caches, and use distant and nearby landmarks to retrieve them. Smell is used once the squirrel is within a few centimeters of the cache. It is one of very few mammalian species that can descend a tree face-first. It performs this feat by means of the backward-pointing claws, one each, on its hindpaws. (from Wikipedia)
Eastern Gray Squirrels... Hickory Trees.
I can barely mow the back yard without
tripping on all of the nuts on the ground.
And watch out below as the squirrels scamper from tree limb to tree limb
tossing them down with a loud thud.
Maybe because of all the rain we had this year, but there is an abundance
of large hickory nuts everywhere.
I actually like this tree ~ it grows fast and has beautiful large
almond shape leaves. It grows very strait and tall
provides cooling shade in the summer.
- Buried in a window box of impatiens
- Buried in a patio planter
- opened on a back yard bench
- Hickory Tree reaching upward
- Close-up of nut
- hickory nuts
- an opened shell
- at the base of a tree
- right on the patio steps
The Hickory Tree is a tree prized for it's use in tools and equipment because of it's hard wood. The Hickory Tree is also used for fire wood and the Hickory flavor it adds to smoked meats. It is a great tree in areas with high winds because of the tap roots that go down deep in the earth making the trees very wind resistant. Man and animals enjoy the nut from the Hickory Tree.
Not as industrious as a squirrel, but I too like to have available home baked/cooked items in my freezer so nutritious foods are always ready for breakfasts, snacks and pop-in visitors.
What are some food items you like to stock pile?