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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

I live in Central Massachusetts in the United States--a wonderful area for nature, art and culture. Using a compact camera, I celebrate daily life found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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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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