These Grey Squirrels were seen along my street working at finding acorns and other food. That is a major part of the squirrel’s day. The Live Oaks are dropping acorns now and that is making life easier for these cuties.
There are a pair of Grey Squirrels living in the two Oaks in my front yard so I get to watch their antics from my living room window. There also must be a sufficient amount of natural food as I have never seen a squirrel on the feeder that my next door neighbor has on his back patio. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
This Grey Squirrel seemed very curious as to what I was doing with the camera. It noticed me and froze as many squirrels do when uncertain about a situation. After a few moments, it relaxed and came toward me a bit. It then went about its routine gathering Magnolia seed pods and Acorns for its meal. It seemed to enjoy the red Magnolia seeds a lot!
There are a lot of Grey Squirrels here in my neighborhood. Of course, I do live on a tree-lined street with many Live Oaks, Sycamores, Magnolias and Long-leafed Pines plus the odd Acacia tree. So there is plenty of food for all the squirrels to share. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
An Anole Lizard, A Zebra Long-wing which is the Florida State Butterfly, a Monarch Butterfly, a Killdeer bird, a couple of Grey Squirrels and a Cicada are the subjects of today’s post. The Killdeer was at the same pond where the Little Blue Heron was the other day. Anole lizards are all over the place here in Florida. They can change color from green to brown and even an orange-tan, and are basically harmless.
The Cicada shown may only be an empty shell as it did not move. They have come up and out from their many year-long sleep (some 13 years, others 17 years) underground during their immature stage. The Cicadas go up into the trees, and change shell (exoskeleton). The males make a huge amount of noise to attract their mates, meet their mates, enjoy adult life a bit, the females lay eggs (which hatch and nymphs fall to the ground and burrow down – nymphs suck tree roots for nourishment). The adults then die off as their life cycle completes. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!
Zebra Long-wing, Florida’s State Butterfly
The Grey Squirrels are just about the only critters that have been out and about in my yards and on my street during daylight hours in the past few days. This is the beginning of the Acorn harvesting season for the squirrels here. We have a lot of Live Oaks on the street so the Grey Squirrels have been very busy at work. They scurry up and down the large tree trunks and limbs and go way out onto the thinnest of branches.
All this food collecting activity is done to secure a cache of choice Acorns for the squirrels to eat in later weeks. Of course, we do have mild Winters here in Florida. Much of this frenzied food collecting work that these squirrels do, is simply instinctive and not as necessary as is seen in cold climates where food gets scarce in Winter. I took these pictures on August 10, 2013 in my yards. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. I hope you’ll enjoy!
Here are a few pictures I had taken a few days ago of an adult Anole Lizard and two tiny baby Anole Lizards. I also am including a cute shot of one of the resident Grey Squirrels that was hanging out in my front yard. I took these pictures in my yards on July 22, 2013. The weather has been quite rainy and the birds are staying put in their tree perches. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger photo. Enjoy!
Adult Anole Lizard
A Cotton-tailed Rabbit has been visiting the yards of the row of homes that I live among. I was quite surprised to spot the bunny sitting in the St. Augustine grass lawn, in the back yard, just about five feet from a neighbor’s home. On June 29, 2013, I again saw the rabbit (or its look-alike) right up against another close neighbor’s house! Prior to about a week ago, I had not seen rabbits within a half-mile of my home.
My husband told me, much to my great surprise, that he had seen that same rabbit go up onto my other next door neighbor’s porch earlier that day! So, the resident Grey Squirrels have a new friend here. I will likely have to put up a short rabbit fence around any above ground planter boxes I may plan to have in my patio area, for growing vegetables. I took these pictures in my yards on June 25, 2013, and again on June 29, 2013. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture. Enjoy!