Did I miss another memo?
Did someone declare this the year the oaks begin their takeover of the planet? I have lived in this house for 22 autumns and I have NEVER seen (or heard) such a monster acorn year! They are taking over the part of the yard right beneath my one (granted, huge) oak tree. I wandered over there this morning and they are starting to root. Which only proves that there are more than even my industrious squirrels and chipmunks can handle. I am going to be pulling oak seedlings out of the hostas for YEARS. And you know those taproots start heading for China the MINUTE they hit the ground.
I also caught a squirrel dining yesterday Chez Bird Bath where the acorns have been stewing in rainwater for several days, causing them to split and expose the nutmeats. A veritable gourmet repast for the lazier members of that rodent species.
Perhaps this is REALLY a squirrel-driven takeover.