The word of the day is “drey“, which means a nest of twigs and dry leaves built by a squirrel, usually in the fork of a tree. And where do the twigs come from? One of our local tree rats has taken a liking to the Cleyera japonica shrubs growing on the north side of our house.
This is what they should look like:
To add insult to injury, the squirrel doesn’t use the branches to build a proper drey in a tree. Instead, it climbs up on the roof and shoves them under the solar hot water panels. So, every couple of days, I have to haul out the ladder and scramble up to the peak of the roof to remove a new nest. The C. japonica branches are usually mixed with twigs sheared off my beloved Tamukeyama lace-leaf Japanese maple.
The local hawks really need to start pulling their weight. They seem to prefer picking off birds at our feeder instead of hunting squirrels on the roof.
Effing tree rats.