55Days #311 Maple Nuts
Does anyone know at what point a tree seed becomes a tree nut? I can assure you I don’t. Every fall the squirrels descend into our Japanese maple trees to harvest the tiny nuts from the tree. They spend a lot of time picking, peeling and eating each one. They obviously are a true delicacy for this specie of squirrel. Also obvious is the fact that this guy is packing on a thick layer of fat to see him through the winter.
When this seed is devoured, he hunts down another delicacy.
When I first spied him he was hanging upside down by his back legs to stretch and grab the seeds well below him. He seem seemed to not care about the rain and you can see his tail is pretty soggy.
The reason I threw out the question of nut versus seed is the pine nut. A human delicacy it does not have a true shell which is not unlike the wrapping of the maple seed or nut.
Cheers to the acrobatic squirrel,