|Table for two.|
Which is a shame, because the berries are quite attractive, drawing in birds and mammals alike, especially after a series of freezes and thaws which theoretically alter their taste or texture in some fashion to make them even more desirable. Each berry holds 4 nutlets, the protein source everybody is after, including these Eastern Fox squirrels, (Sciurus niger). After some rather unscientific observation, it appears to me the squirrels mash the berries up in their paws and nibble the nutlets out.
|Handsome, but he could use a napkin.|
|She's in there...keep looking.|
I'm eagerly looking forward to an easing up of our spells of freezing and near-freezing weather, as warmer days and nights will trigger an explosion of growth benefitting flora and fauna alike. The wildlife visitor bureau assures me traffic will pick up in March, and from here forward fauna watching should become a daily pleasure again.
Thanks as always to Tina at My Gardener Says, for hosting Wildlife Wednesdays, a salute to the wonderful creatures who not only share but decorate our spaces with their colorful beings and behaviors. Be sure to check out the other wildlife posts from all around as linked to in the comments section of Tina's post for March. Happy Wildlife Wednesday everybody!