New generation of cone kings

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
Squirrel Harilik orav      
The last two years have been veritable cone disasters. There were nearly no spruce cones. If needs be squirrels can make do with the seeds from pine cones, but there were few of them too. The winter had to be survived with spruce shoots and other occasional food sources ...
This year the spruces have a quite nice crop of cones.
The second litter of squirrels is born in July. There are four to five young cone kings in the nest. To start with they are blind and naked, in August the eyes open and already in September they start an independent life and preparations for winter.

Squirrels are omnivores, mainly feeding on plant seeds, spruce cones, towards autumn on acorns, hazelnuts and mushrooms; nuts and acorns are collected for winter stores. The period for preying on bird chicks is past, the squirrels search for insects and snails in trees and in the detritus on the forest floor.




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