It’s been over 10 years since our pinon trees have produced nuts. Back then, I harvested, roasted and ate them in October, until I realized why they are so expensive in stores. This year the nuts came in early September.
The trees are loaded.
Clark’s Nutcracker birds have been in our neighborhood for two weeks. They pluck nuts from the cones, but they also pluck the green cones and hammer the nuts out of them. Here’s a picture of their dining table.
They are black, white, and gray birds in the jay family. The only time we see them is in the fall when the pinon trees are producing nuts. They have a distinctive raucus cry. I’ll try to catch a photo of one, but no promises.
I’m off to Denver to the annual Columbine Poets Fest. Back Sunday night.