WAFFLES: Boss! The neighbors are here for dinner.
KATIE: Those aren't the neighbors, Waffles. Those are squirrels.
WAFFLES: Did you invite them over or something? Because they're eating our tree.
KATIE: They're not eating the tree, Waffles. They're gathering pinecones for winter.
WAFFLES: Like for decorating?
SQUIRREL: Decorating??? You're kidding, right?
KATIE: I'm afraid not, Mr. Squirrel. Apparently, you've never met Waffles.
SQUIRREL: Well a squirrel's gotta eat. It's not like we've got pizza delivery up here, you know.
When Gloman was home recently, our squirrels put on quite the show for us. We were all mesmerized by the dining room window. He grabbed Glogirly's camera and caught ALL the action.
This tiny, little squirrel was jumping from branch to branch like an acrobat on our tallest tree. He was grabbing the pinecones with his hands and mouth and tossing them down to the ground. He was moving SO fast, it looked like it was raining pinecones.
Did you know a single pine squirrel can clip HUNDREDS of cones per hour? The harvesting starts in the late summer and continues through fall. This was the first time we saw it first hand. And right outside our window.
Once he's dropped his bounty, he'll wait until the coast is clear to come back and gather all the clipped cones, one by one. He buries them in middens, which are loose piles of cone scales, cores of eaten cones and fully intact cones. These middens will get him through the winter. Whenever he's hungry, he'll just dig up a cone and nibble away on the scales and protein-rich seeds.
Special thanks to Gloman for his mad squirrel-photography skills!