Readers’ wildlife photos

The vast majority of wildlife photos are back in Chicago, but here’s an urban wildlife saga from reader Fred Dyer:

I thought you might find this amusing.  ​​My wife threw some overripe apples down the wooded slope off our back deck in Michigan. Some critter thought that maybe a safer place for this apple was in a tree, about 20 feet off the ground. A squirrel I would guess, creating order out of disorder. I took the picture two days ago.  The apple is gone now.

Perhaps I’m imagining, but if you zoom in I think you can see teeth marks on the apple


  1. GBJames
    Posted December 21, 2017 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    Squirrels are forever stashing food items (pizza crusts, etc.) on our porch. Drives me nuts. So to speak.

    • Posted December 21, 2017 at 10:23 am | Permalink

      There is the joke about a man erratically running around with a monkey in his pants. The punch-line is your penultimate sentance.

  2. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 21, 2017 at 10:06 am | Permalink

    I happen to be able to comment on today’s RWP :

    I love when this happens – clear evidence of the animals activity – these pictures are also beautiful, with the bark pattern, the Y-branching, the apple right there….


    • arif ahmad
      Posted December 21, 2017 at 10:45 am | Permalink

      I love that pic i am waiting of that .

  3. Posted December 21, 2017 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    The sqrlls love our apples. I have not seen them with apple stashes, but they do gnaw of the windfalls and that brings in lots of yellowjackets.

  4. Roger Latour
    Posted December 21, 2017 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    Epiphytes are not only bromeliads and orchids growing on tropical trees. It is not a rare occurence to see a Mountain ash (and others of the genus Sorbus) growing in the fork of a maple in Montreal. You know who the stasher/gardener is…

  5. busterggi
    Posted December 21, 2017 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    My apples are always getting chewed into by squirrels who can’t seem to eat more than a little bit from each apple.

    • Mark R.
      Posted December 21, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, they do the same to my tomatoes. Hey cute little rodents, why not eat one whole tomato instead of taking wee bites out of a dozen. argh!

  6. Mark R.
    Posted December 21, 2017 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    That bright red apple in a winter setting sure pops. It probably didn’t take you long to spot it.

    I zoomed but couldn’t tell if I could see teeth marks, but surely there must be.

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