A flash of black

November 17, 2011 | My Jottings

Sitting here in my office a couple days ago, I saw a flash of black moving in the front yard. I grabbed my camera and here’s what it was…

…a black squirrel, hurriedly digging around in the leaves on the ground. I promptly named him Schwarz the Squirrel. Schwarz is the German word for black.

I’ve always heard that squirrels store nuts for the approaching winter, but I don’t know where Schwarz would be getting his little squirrel hands on any nuts in our yard. We have no nut trees here.


Now I get it.

Schwarz’s GPS isn’t working! He’s looking in the wrong place for nuts. I need to go call to Schwarz and tell him if he’s looking for nuts, he needs to come a little closer to the house.


  1. Ember says:

    :0) How wonderful! I have always wanted to see a black squirrel, and a black fox. I believe we do have them here, but they are rare and I have never seen one. xx

  2. Just Julie says:

    I had never seen a black squirrel until last year, Ember. Now they’re all over our neighborhood, so we figured some parents with that gene had moved in and settled here. 🙂 I’ve yet to see a black fox, though!

  3. Jessica says:

    You are hilarious!!!! We have an abundance of squirrels in our yard and frankly they come right up on the deck, up to the patio door as if they want to get in. It never occurred to me that they were trying to get the nuts INSIDE the house! Ha!! Too funny!!!

    I always tease the boys when they have a “nut free” classroom that I guess they won’t be able to go in.

    Unfortunately, while I was referring to their personality, another friend of mine started cracking up, thinking I was referring to something else. Eeek!

  4. Just Julie says:

    That is hysterical, Jessica. Nut-free and nut-free can certainly mean two different things! My household is neither nut-free or nut-free. :O

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