In this general area, the earth is dry 5 feet down. The moisture loss rate was measured at 1/2 inch per day.
When the oak trees pollinated, there was only one hard rain toward the end of that time period, giving the trees the chance to form acorns this year, but this current drought has taken away that chance.
This will be the third year in a row the main food source for squirrels will be negatively affected.
With the earth being parched, worms and grubs are not appearing so the robins have taken to eating what I set out for the squirrels….bread, grapes and cherries. The grackle fledglings have been about for a few weeks and have learned to use the neighbor’s feeders….gobbling up the supply from 5 feeders in one day. The starling fledglings showed up yesterday and are learning to pick bugs from tree bark as well as having their mamas feed them.
One squirrel had her babies within the past few days and from looking at her underside, seeing only two spots where kits have been nursing, she probably only has two babies.
And with the drought, there is a burn ban….no grilling, no campfires.