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Old 09-20-2014, 06:25 AM
Location: Near the Coast SWCT
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Wondering about your areas. Do you notice squirrels are burying more? Running around more? Building nests?

Here I keep seeing them bury acorns and nuts everywhere.

Here's a picture I took the other day.

I read a study that Squirrels are key to Oak species because they only recover about 75% of the acorns. So the other 25% would germinate into an Oak tree (if not cut or mowed over). Ironically I kept asking myself why I keep finding Oak seedlings (a lot more this year). They must of hid a lot of them during our snowy/cold winter last year.

I remember in 2011 they were walking slow around this time of year, showing no signs of worrying or panic. Seems like they are running around a lot this year.

Are you noticing anything? Sometimes you can see the little dig spots in your yard or pots.
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Cambium View Post
Are the Squirrels Active there?
Yeah...the squirrels are going nuts!
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Old 09-20-2014, 07:38 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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Ours have not been very active yet, they are around but seem to be laid back compared to other years.
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Old 09-21-2014, 09:47 AM
Location: South Carolina
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They've been digging my yard up for months now. I see 2 or 3 in my yard every day, but their home base is the neighbor's yard across the street. I always see them collecting my acorns and sprinting across the street.

I have caught a few of them this year and relocated them to a neighborhood park next to a forest.
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Old 09-22-2014, 11:11 AM
Location: Bowie but New Orleans born and bred
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Yes, the ones in my yard are very active. Every day I see one of them with a huge nut in their mouth carrying it somewhere. I've seen a couple bury some nuts in my plant pots. I caught one digging in a part of the yard where I planted new grass and had to scare it away before it ruined all of my hard work and $$$.
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Old 09-22-2014, 01:31 PM
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I'm pretty sure you have misidentified the animal in the picture. Its actually an "American Tree Rat".

I have noticed them very active around here this year. I also saw a flying squirrel rummaging around a few days ago for the first time in years. Another observation, the oak and hickory mast around here is huge. The old wives tale is a big mast is a sign of a cold winter coming.
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Old 09-22-2014, 02:37 PM
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I'm glad you brought this up. I've noticed a lot of activity here(south jersey). I can't remember having so many squirrels in the yard before. The chipmunks have also been very busy.

I just wish they would leave my grape tomatoes alone! They eat half of one and discard it. I would be less irritated if they would just eat the whole dang thing instead of wasting them.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:04 PM
Location: SC
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They are going nuts in SC (no pun intended).

Just this week they dug up 2 sets of mums, and climbed onto my deck tearing out all of my dill herb and planted acorns in the now empty pot.
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Old 09-22-2014, 05:47 PM
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Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Does this answer the original question.
Damn Squirrels

I have zero apples left now, a couple weeks before they would have been ready to pick.
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Old 09-22-2014, 06:21 PM
Location: Denver/Boulder Zone 5b
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We've been in our house 9 years and I've only seen one squirrel. I enjoy watching them, but I am glad we don't have to worry about them in our neighborhood.. at least for now. Our biggest issues are with rabbits which I could do without FOREVER.
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