a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Helping Wildlife As They Feed Us

 Everything is food for something.
 We celebrate when the crops are good in the wild.
The acorns had a spotty yield this year, 
some trees had them, some did not.
Deer, squirrels, wild hogs and a variety of animals eat acorns.
In turn something eats them
and so the food/life cycle goes.
I found evidence some squirrels had been enjoying the acorns.
They also enjoyed the walnuts and chestnuts we took to the woods last winter when their food supply was low. We had an abundance.  They did not. This week we ate some squirrels. We are grateful the land feeds us in more ways than one. The food chain/life cycle continues.

16 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I don't believe I've ever eaten squirrel...

Lynne said...

A odd thing happened, yet not odd at all.
Sometimes I have "a moment" and I've been having one for several weeks.
Those moments take me deep . . .
Not sure where it is I am other than knowing I needed "food and fuel" . . .
Acorns have helped . . .
Exceptional post . .
Prophetic
More than meets the eye . . .

TexWisGirl said...

our oaks here are putting out 'normal' acorns - nothing major, but definitely sending some. last year they were overflowing! thought we were in for a brutal winter and ended up with almost none.

Sketching with Dogs said...

That is a kind thing to do for them.
I can't even imagine what a squirrel might taste like. But to be honest, it's going on 35 years since I became vegetarian so can't remember what any meat tastes like now.
Lynne x

Sandra said...

those are AWESOME photos of the acorns, I can see every tiny detail.. our oak doesn't have them, but the trees at the nursing home have them. all a part of the food chain. our squirrels are vegetarians.. LOL.. they only have avocado to eat, not nuts..

LindaG said...

Glad to hear you finally got enough for a meal, Gail. ^_^

Interesting post. We have ten times more acorns this year, I think, than pecans. The acorns carpet the ground in some places.

I haven't seen quite as many squirrels as usual. It may be squirrel season though. I have seen a lot of people, rather vehicles, parked by forests.

Hope you all have a blessed day!

Farm Girl said...

That is very interesting and you have lovely acorns.
My great, great grandmother's favorite food was squirrel. :)

Arkansas Patti said...

You have the proper soul and understanding of nature of a Native American. Wish everyone did.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Your acorns are so very different than ours. Even with the drought here this year we have an abundance of nuts. My black walnuts are all over the ground waiting for someone or something to pick them up. Hug B

Susan Kane said...


I made chili with squirrel meat, and it was excellent. Since there are fewer natural predators these days, squirrel population has to be kept down. Love the acorns.

Ginny Hartzler said...

The acorns are beautiful! Kind of fancy. So, does squirrel taste like chicken?

McGuffy Ann Morris said...

When I was a kid, my mother had a boyfriend who was from Texas. He hunted squirrel and rabbits once. I was five years old, and not sure what to think of it. He gave a bunny tail to me. I carried it in my pocket and worried the fur completely off of it.

One Spring, we cleaned out the cat house under the porch. Chanel, a feral, had burrowed in and wintered there. We found 8 squirrel tales in her house. She was quite the hunter.

Bethany Carson said...

Wow! You eat squirrels?! That is interesting. I've heard of it, but never seen squirrels eaten myself. (What do they taste like?) Glad you guys help them, and they feed you.

For years we never had squirrels around our place because Ginger (our dog) considers them a delicacy. She's getting old and slower now though, and two have moved in (and, so far, survived).

Debbie said...

these are some beautiful acorns!! i have never eaten squirrel...but the circle of life nourishes all of us!!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Loved seeing all your photo's here.
I have never eaten squirrel ...
I like the words you've used at the end of your post.

All the best Jan

Josie Two Shoes said...

Papa Bear loved this! He tells stories of filling his mother's freezer with squirrels until it reached the point where she had to tell him to go hunt rabbits for a change. They ate well with very little money for groceries. He loves to tease my daughter about the squirrels she fattens up so nicely!

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