American Red Squirrel Going Cray-Cray for Nuts

This weekend an adorable American Red Squirrel — a species that is notably redder, smaller and waaaay feistier than the Eastern Gray Squirrel — was zipping up and down these shrubs, stealing nuts aphid pods. I love his racing stripe. (Red squirrels strike me as a hybrid between a gray squirrel and a chipmunk.)

These shrubs, which front our cabin, look like sumacs, yet not really. I thought all sumacs have bazillions of tiny seed pods…and not these large nut looking things ? (And these definitely don’t look like the evil poison sumac, either. And, like sumacs, they’re already turning red — they’re the first to go each fall. I’m looking to mother-in-law Martie to figure this out for me….)

(Update: These weird things the squirrel is eating are actually “aphid colonies” that contain millions of harmless aphid insects….Sigh. Nature never ceases to amaze me, or occasionally gross me out.)

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