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April Banquet

Forsythia and red maple buds appear at the same time in Massachusetts, lending a sorely needed explosion of color to the early Spring landscape.

Squirrels like to frolic among the decorative forsythia branches, but they are particularly attracted to the maples. They “tap” them by making single bites in the bark to get the sap flowing, so they can consume the concentrated β€œsyrup” once some of the water has evaporated. Later, the squirrels enjoy a feast of buds and flowers.

Red Maple in Bloom
American Red Squirrel

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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  1. Superb photography and the squirrel is so cute. Like a little angel.

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    1. Many thanks. That squirrel does look angelic.πŸ˜‡

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      1. Yes completely. Welcome 😊😊😊

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  2. A wonderful burst of colors, Julie, and the squirrel is sooo cute. 😊

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    1. Harrah for Spring!πŸŒ»πŸŒΌβ›…πŸŒˆπŸŒΉ

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      1. I second that! 🌸😊

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  3. Beautiful!! Love when Spring colors start to bloom. The squirrel seems to be planning on something – but he sure is cute! πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes, so think he has a bit of a gleam in his eye!🐹

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