Some years the squirrels go about getting ready for winter very calmly. Other years, it is like they have gone crazy and are in a panic. This seems to be one of the panic years. We have seen as many as a dozen congregating around one tree doing some sort of rodent convention. I looked out on the patio this morning to see these too climbing up and own on the posts. They didn't run off when I took their photos. Ray and I like watching the squirrels and we don't even mind feeding them along with the birds in the winter. This strange behavior is just more to enjoy watching.