Hi, I’m Crispin. Remember me from a few weeks ago in the maple tree?
I wasn’t much bigger than a Coffee Crisp bar then, and I’m not a lot bigger now, but it isn’t for want of eating enough.
I tried this wood but it wasn’t that tasty. Think I’ll try the walnuts instead.
My older brother Jasper is also hanging around today, but I want to avoid him. He gets annoyed if I try to eat from what he calls HIS plate.
Oh, I think I hear him up there gnawing on the old moose antlers.
Maybe I’ll sneak over to the walnut stash while he’s busy.
I just hope that Steller’s jay isn’t hanging around. He has a sharp beak, like a spear. Maybe when I grow up I’ll take him on, but for now, it’s better to play it safe.
See that beak? This was him last week with the sunflower seeds, but maybe he won’t try stealing the walnuts today…. Fat chance.
I was just about to head for the jar of walnuts when I saw that huge tool behind me. Is that a pick axe? Yikes! Made me lose my footing!
Okay, I’m all recovered now. My mother, Della, told me always to say grace before eating, so here goes. (I don’t think the god of squirrels will mind if I don’t close my eyes. Not a safe thing to do.)
And with that out of the way, I can dive in!
Yummy walnuts from the ornamental black walnut tree.
Many dangers, all I see,
Many dangers threaten me,
Tiptoe lightly as a breeze,
Tiptoe quickly, and then freeze.
Look around from left to right,
Look around, stay out of sight,
Hurry to the walnut stash,
Hurry, careful, do not crash.
Grab some nutmeat and abscond,
Grab the food of which I’m fond,
Nibble some and hide the rest,
Nibble fast and save the best.
Winter chill is coming soon,
Winter winds, perhaps typhoon,
Be prepared for hungry days,
Be prepared, these are my ways.