disappearing before our eyes as an animal chews it to pieces.
From Ginnie's comments on the "Squirrel" piece I posted last week, I suspect squirrels are the ones chewing the wood. Any creature who can get into an attic and chew everything in sight...
This poses the question, why? Red squirrels do not eat insects and it is too cold for insects now anyway. Is it just because they are idle and chew during the hours people are not around to feed and entertain them? What is the attraction? Or, is it some other creature chewing at this stump?
According to the Macphail Woods Ecological Project, these are the mammals on Prince Edward Island:
little brown bat
This photo shows the top of the stump where woodpecker holes and lichen may be clues as well.
There is a wealth of knowledge and experience out there in blogger-land. Are the red squirrels responsible? What is your theory?