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November 2, 2020 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Dropped opportunities

Squirrel munching on pumpkin"First we come for their yard decorations..." (© image copyrighted, all rights reserved, no permissions granted)

“First we come for their yard decorations. Then we demand the full breakfast buffet.” (© image )

Not sure why the squirrel is throwing large mushroom chunks at me, but it’s worrisome if you’re conspiracy theory oriented probably perfectly normal and easily explained if you can’t handle the truth

He sat there, high up in the neighbor’s oak by the sidewalk – lying in wait.

And he wasn’t alone.

A lot of squirrel foraging happening recently. All seemed pretty normal: harvesting the last of the tasty crepe myrtle tips, chunky cheeks full of fresh crop acorns, and they seem really, really excited about these big brown mushrooms that showed up this last week.

That doesn’t explain the overt act of aggression, does it. 

So what does?

  • 2020 (of course)
  • Squirrel outrage. (Few Trick or Treaters, so no dropped Nutrageous, Mr GoodBar, or other nutty treats.)
  • A common defense treaty (With dogs who can apparently no longer save themselves from humiliation and promise to stop chasing squirrels up trees.)
  • Soft roll out of strategy for species dominance (They, a scrappy force of grit, bared teeth, with distain over broken nails. “Fleas, not flee!”)
  • A demand for home delivery of organic groceries (No bruised produce accepted)

Which sounds the most plausible to you?

Uncertain about the what’s going on, but there’s sure a lot of chatter.

(Heaven helps us If squirrels get inclusive with Blue Jays.)

Nuts about tree time

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Dogs in Halloween costumes ( Kingwood animal hospital )

“Please help us. We can’t bite the hand that feeds us. Obviously, we can hardly breath, much less chomp.”(Kingwood Animal Hospital)

 

 

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  1. easyweimaraner / Nov 2 2020 6:37 am

    we had no trick&treaters nor squirrels that night… and no decorations … but the treats we ate alone are made with cognac… at least one good thing…

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  2. disperser / Nov 2 2020 7:18 am

    Never had a squirrel throw anything at me . . . were you wearing a mask at the time? Perhaps they feared catching something.

    And, yes, lots of foraging here too. Had a few close calls with almost-road-crossing-then-turn-back squirrels while out driving. When out walking, we see a lot more this year, mostly young grays and very small, and they are all skittish. Must have been large litters this year. I wonder if they might suspect they’ll be on the menu if any kind of food shortage happens.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2020 7:48 am

      It was a big chunk of mushroom – plunked down with intent! Weird as we’ve always been on friendly terms ( as in holding the dog so the little ones can dawdle when they are supposed to be leaping and jumping from palm to crepe to roof to the oaks in the front (Don’t freeze! Please don’t freeze in route) And most in the neighborhood brake for squirrels. We’ve wondered about the large liters this year, too.
      (But don’t joke about the food shortage. I ate squirrel as a kid. Dad hunted to supplement the food budge which was slim. I swore once grown I would study hard and never eat squirrels again. Great motivator)
      Thanks for dodging the masksless traffic to climb over here to chat

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    • disperser / Nov 2 2020 10:01 am

      Well, if you hunted squirrels, you know they drop their food. Perhaps it only looked like he threw it . . . you know how when you drop something and try to catch it, except you accidentally hit it and make it drop faster? Maybe that’s what happened; more clumsiness than intent. Either that, of you made a nasty enemy without even realizing it.

      As for eating squirrels, I used to hunt with my father-in-law (long time ago) and squirrels were sometimes on the menu when we visited.

      And while I don’t know about a food shortage, I’m pretty sure if there is one, small game will be under a lot of pressure.

      But, like you, I’m not looking to eat squirrel again.

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      • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 2 2020 1:56 pm

        Nope. It was a well planned intentional chunk – of a mushroom! An acorn would be understandable, but a tasty mushroom?
        Perhaps it was a general expression disgust about the neighbor getting that tree trimmed too much – and taking the summer built squirrel nest down with that. I would have been more than annoyed, too. Fortunately the weather is mild and the family is welcomed to come over and build in our trees….despite the chunk on the head.
        (Not going to eat ants either…even if nutritional. I’ve had chocolate covered ones, and decided there’s better choices)
        Thanks for dropping in a comment

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Nov 2 2020 7:46 am

    No unusual activity this year but we have enough sunflower seeds to satisfy everyone. Wait until they find out we took out the garden permanently. Next year they won’t be happy!

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  4. sustainabilitea / Nov 2 2020 5:16 pm

    The only explanation is that they’re magic mushrooms. 🙂

    janet

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 3 2020 6:30 am

      And they are sharing! (having witness the stress so many humans are going through…)
      HAs to be the only – and best – answer. Thanks for dropping that in

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  5. shoreacres / Nov 2 2020 8:02 pm

    Here’s a bit of squirrel trivia. It makes perfect sense that one would be messing with a mushroom. They actually dry them, and store them in “pantries” for consumption in the winter. Clever beasties, they are!

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 3 2020 6:28 am

      I guess the one she tossed down was a reject…they never get at the store what you tell them to get or “Dash you HEB, this is not the mushroom I asked for!”.
      Darn chunk was pretty big…and I swear she had her hands on her hips glaring….
      Thanks for storing a nutty comment here

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  6. Littlesundog / Nov 3 2020 10:17 am

    I’d say there was a bad spot on/in the mushroom if it was being tossed. Linda is correct, they do “squirrel” them away for winter consumption. We’ve seen a lot of competition this year for the scant acorn crop – myself included! I have been vying with squirrels, blue jays and the wild deer for my share of acorns (for our fawns of course). I never saw myself as an acorn hoarder but here I am… the things I do for the girls! I also had squirrel thieves that snuck in the open garage door and ransacked the acorns I had worked so hard for! Those clever opportunists… I could only laugh. I’ll keep the door closed from now on.

    Punkin the squirrel (who turned 7 this autumn) has a very wooly coat and has been coming for pecans almost daily. It makes me wonder if it’s going to be a tough winter.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2020 11:20 am

      I vote that Punkin is right. Some of the local plants are already getting into survival mode early. Luckily our acorn crop has been overwhelming in number. Molly snatches them up and juggles them in the air for fun.
      Oh, maybe the chunking was meant for her head, not ours?
      Thanks for tossing over a squirrel stealing event that made me smile!

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  7. Ally Bean / Nov 4 2020 9:12 am

    So you say mushrooms rained down on you? From on high? Perhaps it’s time to adjust your meds again.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Nov 4 2020 11:16 am

      It was before Halloween with that rare Blue Super Moon…There was a crowd of them overhead… glaring…looming like in Hitchcock’s The Birds….. as Hamlet said “And therefore as a stranger give it welcome.
      There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
      Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
      Not sure we need to welcome any more 2020 squirrely. HAHAHAHA
      Thanks for offering an option!

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