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Red Squirrel Behaviour Question

While walking in the forest behind the old Dura property, I came upon. Maple tree with little leaf clusters lying underneath it. These were groups of 4 a 6 leaves on a common stem. Some had been there a dew days and were withered; others looked fresh. I wondered if the tree was sick or infested with some destructive insect.

When I passed that way an hour later, I saw the culprit - a very energetic and determined red squirrel - busily snipping these leaves off the branches. The leaves would fall to the ground, but if they got hung up in a close lower branch, The squirrel would rush down and shove the leaf cluster free so it could drop.

I haven't had a chance to get back up the path to see what happened to the pile of leaves. Does anyone know what was going on? I assumed it had something to do with nest building, but not sure.


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