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10-1-15 mystery photo 078Who was here? Please respond by clicking on “Comments” on my blog. If you could refrain from googling the answer and indicating you did so, it would help retain a bit of mystery for readers commenting after you. Thank you!

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81 responses

  1. Angella

    Looks like porky. …. Thank you for inspiring curiosity! I love and look forward to your posts.

    September 30, 2015 at 7:41 am

  2. Sue

    It looks like a gray squirrel has been harvesting acorns. I did not look it up either. Sue Wetmore

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    September 30, 2015 at 7:42 am

  3. Greg

    The oak leaves and acorns must be a clue. So, I’ll guess black bears breaking off the branches to get the acorns to eat.

    September 30, 2015 at 7:43 am

  4. Mr. Gray Squirrel!

    September 30, 2015 at 7:44 am

  5. Bill

    That looks a lot like the handiwork of the Grey Squirrels in our Oak trees.

    September 30, 2015 at 7:45 am

  6. Maureen McCanty

    An animal too heavy to get out to the ends of branches to get those juicy acorns, no doubt a grey squirrel.

    September 30, 2015 at 7:50 am

  7. Caroline

    Porcupine! Just guess not a google. They are rodents after all and that branch looks a bit large to have been chewed through by a squirrel.

    September 30, 2015 at 7:52 am

  8. Karen

    I think a gray squirrel was there

    September 30, 2015 at 7:58 am

  9. Bill On The Hill...

    Looks like the work of a black bear Mary.
    The oak leaf inset is the give-away I believe.
    My chokecherry bushes directly below the porch have been demolished two years in a row now by black bears gorging themselves on the fruit as well as my bountiful crop of apples this season.
    A bountiful season for the record books in my opinion for all things natural this summer & fall…
    Thanks, Bill… WGF Studio53

    September 30, 2015 at 8:02 am

  10. Jan Griffin

    This looks like our yard after squirrels have eaten a meal of oak stems and dropped the leaves.

    September 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

  11. myra ferguson

    These are the remnants of oak leaf/branch cutters. However, I don’t know if they are ants or other types of bugs. But this is what they do and I haven’t got any idea to what benefit to them. I’ll await the other comments to find out. Then I’ll go to Google ! Thanks for tweaking my curiosity with these mysteries!

    September 30, 2015 at 8:05 am

  12. Beavers. They are hauling off that succulent young tree to their den to eat some time this winter.

    September 30, 2015 at 8:10 am

  13. Eileen Crawford

    I suspect it was a red squirrel who will store the tree seeds in its cache

    September 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

  14. Doug Sherry


    September 30, 2015 at 8:14 am

  15. david putnam

    porcupine eating?

    September 30, 2015 at 8:17 am

  16. Nlw


    September 30, 2015 at 8:18 am

  17. David Thomas-Train

    Gray squirrel?

    September 30, 2015 at 8:19 am

  18. Tom Jones

    Porcupine? (did not google)

    September 30, 2015 at 8:21 am

  19. Alice Pratt

    I think a Gray Squirrel, building or fortifying a nest for winter & hiding & storing “haycorns” (as Pooh said).

    September 30, 2015 at 8:23 am

  20. Mary L. Ross


    September 30, 2015 at 8:23 am

  21. Dianne Rochford

    What is the diameter of the branch/twig in the left photo insert? THANKS…. >

    September 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

    • Marilyn

      That would help solve the mystery, I agree.

      September 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

    • Roughly 1/4″ !

      September 30, 2015 at 9:05 am

  22. Beaver

    September 30, 2015 at 8:39 am

  23. bill

    Obviously a porcupine working with a wild turkey to frame a gray squirrel

    September 30, 2015 at 8:44 am

    • Kimberly


      September 30, 2015 at 9:49 pm

  24. Marilyn

    Porcupines do that – but to hemlocks. Hmm.

    September 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

  25. coleman Hoyt

    Bear climbing an oak looking for acorns

    September 30, 2015 at 8:53 am

  26. Kathy

    Porcupine or bear would be my guess, though I lean more toward porcupine, since they tend to strew branches on the ground. I have seen oak trees chewed by porcupine before, so they don’t only do hemlock–also chew beech, yellow birch and pine.

    September 30, 2015 at 8:54 am

  27. There’s many a slip between cup and lip, and all that. Squirrels collecting nest material by nipping off branches. They drop a lot.

    September 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

  28. Treah

    Squirrels…….probably grays!

    September 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

  29. deer or moose

    September 30, 2015 at 9:15 am

  30. deb

    A squirrel?

    September 30, 2015 at 9:15 am

  31. Rae Tober


    September 30, 2015 at 9:17 am

  32. Phyllis Sise

    Twas the all Canadian Beaver that must have been sojourning down south.

    September 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

  33. Deb Hawthorn


    September 30, 2015 at 9:22 am

  34. Kay Dunn

    I saw a stick just like that near the shore of our pond, which is at the swampy end of the pond. I said beaver to myself. Looking forward to the answer.

    September 30, 2015 at 9:33 am

  35. Pat Ladd

    When this happens in our yard I have always believed that it was the work of a porcupine!

    September 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

  36. Porcupine foraging for food?

    September 30, 2015 at 9:39 am

  37. marie h

    Its what the squirrels are doing to the oak trees to get the nuts,

    September 30, 2015 at 9:41 am

  38. Sheiia Kaplow

    Red squirrel

    September 30, 2015 at 9:46 am

  39. Linda Walsh

    Gray squirrel.

    September 30, 2015 at 9:53 am

  40. Perry

    The nipped twig is cut at an angle, which indicates a member of the rodent family. There doesn’t seem to be any shell debris around the branches, which would indicate the acorns were either eaten whole or transported somewhere else. My guess would be either beaver, groundhog, or porcupine, depending on how high off the ground the nipped branches were (groundhogs can climb, but they aren’t very good at it) and how close to water the site is.

    September 30, 2015 at 9:54 am

  41. A. W. L.

    Lived in Toronto near city centre, three large oaks in the garden. Every autumn the grass was covered with these branch ends, as the black/grey squirrels tried to reach the acorns at the ends of branches (and succeeded, of course!).

    September 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

  42. cassie


    September 30, 2015 at 9:59 am

  43. Peter Storrs

    I’m with the porcupine group. Looking forward to you and answer.

    September 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

  44. Wendy Ernst

    Looks like squirrels to me. Whenever I see this leaf litter in my yard, I always look up to find a squirrel nest in progress.

    September 30, 2015 at 10:12 am

  45. grey squirrel or porky pine

    September 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

  46. Julia Kaplan

    I think squirrels may have brought down these small branches for the acorns.

    September 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

  47. Betsy janeway


    September 30, 2015 at 10:25 am

  48. Peter Kallin

    Gray squirrels harvesting acorns. Looks just like my yard where they have been busy for weeks in the red oaks, which are having a mast year.

    September 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

  49. Tami

    Gray squirrels. No googling on my end.

    September 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

  50. Jean Bergstrom

    My yard looks like this. Porcupines!

    September 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

  51. Marilyn White

    Gray Squirrel?

    September 30, 2015 at 10:59 am

  52. Lynn Cook

    Oak leaf borer

    September 30, 2015 at 11:03 am

  53. Lynn Cook

    I should have written oak twig borer

    September 30, 2015 at 11:11 am

  54. Dara Johnson

    Grey squirrel at work seems too obvious for a mystery photo…but that’s what I think the mystery photo is of.

    September 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

  55. Stephen Maddock

    This looks like squirrels chewing off the ends of oak branches as a way to get at the acorns once the ends of the branches are on the ground.

    September 30, 2015 at 11:55 am

  56. Mimsy Beckwith

    Deer, eating acorns. The angle of (and teeth marks on) the small branch suggest it was ripped off by the deer’s bottom teeth against palate; the quantity of branches on the ground suggests a healthy appetite!

    September 30, 2015 at 12:10 pm

  57. Ron Willoughby

    It could be either a gray squirrel or a porky. I am having trouble with both rodents in my oaks right now.

    September 30, 2015 at 2:51 pm

  58. Grey squirrel. Tough to tell without scale. My second guess would be porcupine

    September 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

  59. Beaver would be to easy so I will guess woodchuck?

    September 30, 2015 at 3:20 pm

  60. gail page

    I’m guessing it is the result of a porcupine chewing off branches and twigs from up in an oak tree.

    September 30, 2015 at 3:57 pm

  61. I’d guess Mr or Mrs Porcupine

    September 30, 2015 at 4:06 pm

  62. Sam Rounds


    September 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm

  63. Carol Coddington

    A grey squirrel

    September 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm

  64. Sally


    September 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm

  65. Bob Olney

    Porcupine, or a beaver that had felled the oak and decided to trim the outer branches…

    September 30, 2015 at 6:37 pm

  66. Danielle


    September 30, 2015 at 7:19 pm

  67. Susan Carr


    September 30, 2015 at 8:02 pm

  68. Judy

    Gray squirrels building a nest for the winter. Looks like my backyard which at this time of year is loaded with bur oak snippings.

    September 30, 2015 at 8:08 pm

  69. Lucy Hull

    Porcupine, I do believe

    September 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm

  70. Cheryl Ring

    Gray Squirrel knawing off Red Oak twigs in order to increase access to acorns?

    October 1, 2015 at 7:19 am

  71. Mary Howe

    Porcupine !

    October 1, 2015 at 7:31 am

  72. Jill oneglia

    Porcupine. It looks like my lawn.

    October 1, 2015 at 8:07 am

  73. Squirrel?

    October 1, 2015 at 8:18 am

  74. sara hart


    October 1, 2015 at 8:21 am

  75. Laura


    October 1, 2015 at 10:01 am

  76. I’d have to sat it looks alot like porcupine’s work…

    October 1, 2015 at 4:50 pm

  77. I’d have to say it looks alot like porcupine’s work…

    October 1, 2015 at 4:51 pm

  78. Jean Harrison


    October 1, 2015 at 6:02 pm

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