Pineapple Trees

apple in tree for winter storageAs the days get shorter and the temperature gets colder, the squirrels start thinking of the deep snow yet to come and start to plan for winter foraging … an apple here … an apple there … I wonder if it could be said that the higher their larder, the deeper the snow we can expect … surely not …

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12 thoughts on “Pineapple Trees

  1. Wow, I’ve never seen that – but I wouldn’t put anything past squirrels. I try to feed suet to birds on my deck (3 stories up & surrounded by fir trees). The only thing that keeps the squirrels away is the hard-to-find red pepper suet – the birds don’t mind pepper but the squirrels do. Just this morning I saw they managed to open the suet cage and push the whole fresh cake off the edge! Grrr! Maybe I should throw some apples their way & they’ll leave the suet for the flickers, nuthatches, chickadees & others – but I doubt it. (I like the middle photo especially)


      1. Apples don’t deter mine from the suet & seeds. I fastened the suet cage more carefully, and get this – I harnessed it to a leash so they can’t take it away! Foiled! And lately, with below freezing temps, we’re getting more birds & a more variety. I guess like everything else, there are cycles to the squirrels’ domination.


        1. ahaha – you tried the apples but squirrels didn’t like them … I hope the little critters aren’t just stashing apples in trees so that the deer can’t have them. We have seen a squirrel INside our bird feeder – he lifts the roof and climbs in. Pity the poor bird who perches and sees Mr. Squirrel staring back at him through the glass.


  2. It took me a minute, but then I got it and I love it – pineapple trees indeed! A friend here told me she thinks it’s going to be a hard winter because the squirrels were stripping pinecones more feverishly than usual. But if that’s true, it’s not going to happen till after the first of the year it appears.


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