No, Beech seeds.
This lovely beech tree sits in front of my house. It’s leaves are seen from the living room window and my bedroom window and provide a nice bit of privacy and visual interest for me and a lot of entertainment for the cats.
The squirrels tear these pods open and drop them from two or three stories above. Shrimpy and I were the intended target one afternoon, I think.
One of the things I love about the fall is finding acorns and seeds and pods on the ground. It’s the Pittsburgh equivalant of beach combing for shells, I suppose. Oddly, I do not remember seeing these last year. I’m looking for a good way to display these strange little pods.