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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Helicoptors in abundance

A few weeks ago I shared pictures of our front yard covered in Oak tassels. It's pretty clear now, but the back yard is another story. Our maple tree is loaded with helicopters. Do you call them that?


Here are some hanging in the tree, but lots of them are floating down to the grass.  A lot of them in the grass makes for some happy squirrels in our yard!

 

We've seen several black squirrels enjoying the feast.

 

Here you see the black squirrel on the grass eating, and if you look at the bird bath to the left of the tree you will see a brown squirrel grabbing a little drink.
They sure are fun to watch!

19 comments:

Kim said...

Helicopters is the perfect name for them! :)

Debbie Jones said...

No oak trees out here in the desert, so those helicopter seeds bring back some memories of living in the midwest. That green lawn look soooooo nice. Enjoy your week.

Betsy Brock said...

I've called them helicopters my whole life...and boy, we used to have a ball throwing them up in the air over and over!

That black squirrel looks really neat!

Blackberry Lane (Mildred) said...

You have a lovely yard to enjoy the antics of the squirrels.

Terri D. said...

We don't get to see the "helicopters" down here in Florida, but I remember them 'flying' down in Ohio. Your back yard is lovely, and it looks like a paradise for those plump squirrels!!

Brooke said...

totally call them helicopters 'round here. BUT i've never seen a black squirel before! very cool.

Life and Breath and Everything Else said...

I also have never seen a black squirrel! How interesting.

Connie said...

We have lots of helicopters too; but no black squirrels, just brown ones. Also baby rabbits.

Connie said...

We have lots of helicopters too; but no black squirrels, just brown ones. Also baby rabbits.

Beth said...

It's been awhile since I've had a helicopter tree, but I remember them well.
Such wonderful photos of the helicopters and the squirrels! :>)

linda eller said...

Oh yes,, we have helicopters galore. Your yard is lovely, so peaceful. Love watching the squirrels too! Have a good Monday.

LL Cool Joe said...

I'm not sure what I call them but that's a good name.

I've never seen a black squirrel before! They look beautiful. Are they as common as the brown ones?

Sharon Larson said...

Yes that is what I always called them. I have not seen a black squirrel since we moved out to our acreage. I loved watching them.
You do have a very beautiful yard.
Hugs

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful yard....I'd not care about the 'copter seeds at all with a glorious view like you have. And a black squirrel?---I haven't seen a black squirrel since I was a kid in Colorado.

Cherdecor said...

I love your shady lawn. It looks like the perfect place to relax and watch the squirrels. We have lots of those maples seeds coming down in our neighborhood too! The lady across the street who owns the big maple tree, calls them whirligigs, but I remember calling them helicopters too.

Michelle said...

We do call them helicopters!

Pat said...

We've always called them helicopters too. My mother hated the way they fell all over her driveway! My daughter now lives in her house and has helicopters of her own!

Musicaljean said...

I remember those things at our farmhouse. Here we just have big old pine cones falling. I just love your back yard.

Jenny the Pirate said...

Oh, those pretty black squirrels! We don't have those here. When my sister lived in Canada we'd see them all the time on visits. They look so dramatic in the snow but they're cute in the grass too!