Squirrels chopping up oak tree
This year, one gray squirrel in particular but also a black one are cutting branch tips of our oak tree to get at the acorns. This has never happened previously so why the fevered activity now? I wonder if this will set the tree back some or if it will make it misshapened?
Are they expecting a severe winter or just some impatient/ambitious squirrels? Or maybe they've made a genetic leap in intelligence and are actively picking the acorns instead of waiting for the windfall nuts. I guess I should look on the bright side - I don't have to rake up all those leaves in a few months, only pick up a few pom-poms of branch tips!