Feb 022011

Well, guess what greeted Rick outside the kitchen window this morning when he got his cup of coffee?

This owl was on the wood stack in the backyard with its own breakfast! (And yes, that is a squirrel that the owl has caught.)

Pretty rare for this kind of visit, and Rick said that he stayed there for a long time, until he went outside to collect wood, then the owl flew off.

Some people put superstition or reasoning for seeing owls in the daytime, but not me.  There is always a reason for what happens, and I for one will see it for what it is:  a morning visitor.

(And by the way… the pun was intended)  🙂

Jan 312011

When we last saw Rocky, he was chatting with Thor, about what I’m not sure.  But I can tell you that obviously it was not about him staying away from the bird feeders.

Sure, looks innocent enough grabbing the seeds off the ground to eat.  I don’t mind that so much.

This is when I tend to get a little upset.  Sure, he’s talented and all by anchoring his feet in the tree and reaching out to the feeder.

But now he’s showing off with his circus act of hanging upside down and grabbing his grub.

Well now this is just plain being lazy!!  Those bungee cords were put there to keep them from going inside the feeder, not to hold them onto the feeder to munch away!

Guess I’m just resigned to live with the little buggers… but I don’t have to like it.

Jan 302011

Love the Pileated woodpecker!!  This guy is so much fun to watch.

He always seems to be judging the best way to approach the suet, and his movements seem so apprehensive.  We have some trees across the road that he has done some major damage too, and I’ve witnessed some large chunks of bark come off those trees (note to self:  get pics of said trees).

We have several types of woodpeckers that frequent the feeder, but I have to say that I really look forward to this guy visiting.

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Jan 092011

Since we live in a nicely wooded area, we get the privilege of sharing our yard with birds, bears, fox, and the ever present squirrels.

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind them so much, until they wage war with me when it comes to eating my bird seed.  I’ve tried to work with them, really I have.  I’ve even gone so far as set up a separate feeder farrrr away from the others just for them.  Do you think they appreciate it?  NO!

They just decide that this is their home and I have provided the buffet for their eating pleasure.

I know that there are many ways to deter them, and Husband likes to laugh at me when I think that I am smarter than them, but I must say that they get my creative juices flowing when I have to fix yet another suit box that they have decided they want to break into. I know that I will just have to accept the fact that they will not go away.  I wonder if naming them will make it a little easier to deal with the situation?

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