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NoodleDoodle-IRL

Looks like pinecones that squirrels nibbled on, and someone stuck them in woodpecker holes


One_Move_6476

You are on to something. I thought it was some weird type of growth I’ve never seen before LMFAO!


anemone_rue

So glad thier was an explanation and laughing at myself for not thinking of humans as part of it. Lol. Reminds me of a really old Saturday Night Live skit with Steve Martin going "what the hell is that?" over and over again.


boomerthedinosaur

Came to say the same thing. I am quite confident you are right.


cartoterra

This is the first thing that came to mind for me.


Zealousideal-Pea7956

That’s some Blair witch project shit


L-M-Smashhouse

This to underrated, LMAO


Orway2000

Sasquatch toothpicks


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Or ass plugs.


BarbarianDruid

Sasq plugs


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Lmao


WesternDisastrous719

Yea I would turn the heck around and not go back.


7Moisturefarmer

Acorn woodpeckers make holes in pine trees like that to store acorns in.


WilltheNYJetseverwin

RUN!!!!


MrSticky_

There is something wrong with that banana


ScampiKat

it looks like a tree taking a drag on a little cigar 🤔


5w4StudentOfLife

Yes. Lol. Yes it does.


OlderTheWiser

Red squirrels leave pine cone husks like that.


some_are_teeth

Red squirrel biologist, and can confirm. They cache lots of weird stuff in trees. The worst to find are the rabbit feet.


OlderTheWiser

Haha. We’ve had a long running battle with those demons but the rabbits foot is too funny. One got into the neighbors cabin one winter and did 8K damage to the windows from chewing all the trim. We also bowhunt for deer and those little freaks come out and start harassing us up in the tree stand. They are prolific and will dominate a favored area, especially if there’s jack pine and oak mix, the gray squirrels keep their distance. Can be enjoyable to watch when the deer aren’t moving.


some_are_teeth

Haha yup, they’re really nuts. I’ve seen them try and face down lynx on numerous occasions. Absolutely zero fear.


kswizzl3

Looks like nature's dart board


paganfinn

There’s seeds in the cones squirrels probably eat.


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Helpful-Strain-888

You mean a woodpecker? Wait until you hear about beavers


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L-M-Smashhouse

Ok, YOU Sir are in need of a lesson: 1. Little worms under the bark cause the tree to die 2. Apparently the worms are tasty 3. So woodpeckers decide to rip that dead tree to get those worms (so the bark will fall down anyway) 4. Squirrels are super clever and use these holes to hold pinecones while they eat them. After the meal this is what stays.


Dingus-McBingus

The symbiosis there is kinda astounding.


FRANKtheLEVEL

Nope no, somebody went out to that tree with a dewalt drill and drilled holes into it. Then they collected pine cones, brought them back to the wood shop and lathed them down to fit the drill holes. Then they went back to the tree and plugged them into the pre-drilled holes. All in a days work!


Important_Collar_36

You need to learn a good deal more about nature before you move out to the country to homestead bro.


sonofharris97

When I hike I like to pick apart pinecones like that while walking. I would guess someone has a routine of doing that and sticking them into those holes.


TooMuchFun007

Woodpecker babies.


Muninn54

Don’t touch those!!!! Kidding


px7j9jlLJ1

/r/trypophobia


MangoDamsonStrawbery

This tree is growing a lot of limbs.


jeremynoakes-

Some kind of cribbage board someone drilled into the tree


Looking4Lite4Life

Are y’all sure those are woodpecker holes? They look so much messier than the ones I’m used to seeing, and the ones I see also usually have fairly defined, straight lines (horizontally or vertically) because of how the woodpeckers move around the tree when making them. I kinda think the holes are manmade


OkBath4021

I know squirrels eat pine nuts ; I don't know if woodpeckers do. I know woodpeckers make holes in dead trees and store acorns in them. These pine cones look a little different from ones I've seen that squirrels have processed; these look a little fuzzy. Maybe a woodpecker made the holes, stashed the pine cones in them, and came back to eat the seeds. Maybe they look fuzzy because of the difference between a squirrel's teeth and a woodpecker's bill.


Injun420X

Coral reef of the woods


Far_Goal_7928

First impression .. squirrel ate a pinecone .. dude picked up the corn Cobb


Same-Safe941

Looks like a larch/tamarack