What You'll See Here

I hope you enjoy the photos presented here. The majority will be of wildlife in the area. Some are sweet and charming, and others are just rascals. But, all of them are interesting.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Squirrels and Birds sharing (not really)

Squirrels are really pigs in disguise.  After they eat everything in their own feeder, they go and steal from the poor birds.

When I yell at them, they just look up and ignore me.  And they continue to eat.

Then they move on to another feeder, just to mix it up a little and confuse the birds even more.

For all you squirrel lovers out there, you are more than welcome to mine!  Seriously.

Finally, the birds get a chance.   It's fun to watch the Papa Cardinal feeding the babies.

Really, I'm very hungry and would appreciate it if you would pass over a sunflower seed, Dad.  You know Father's Day is coming up - do you want a gift or not?

Thank you.  That was yummy.  Keep it coming.

It looks so good the house finches want some too, but the cardinals keep chasing them off.  You should use those chasing skills on the nasty old squirrels.  Poor house finch has to hide by the fence to get a little snack.

Hope the cardinals will be gone soon so I can eat in peace.  My poor mate is waiting for an opening so she can eat, too.

Eventually, they all get something to eat, but it can be very traumatic at the bird feeders.  Again, all you squirrel lovers, feel free to come and get your free squirrel.  They're going fast!!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Dinger Trains Her Human

Spring has sprung, and the hummers are back.  Yippee!!

Remember Dinger?  She is the female hummingbird who was so much fun last year.  Well, she is back from her Winter vacation in Mexico.

Since she was gone, a screened lanai was added to the back of the house, which necessitated moving around the feeders.  Where Dinger's feeder was last year, now there was a regular bird feeder with sunflower seeds in it.

Well, Dinger was having none of that.  As soon as she came back to town, she zoomed around that bird feeder, and I swear gave me a bunch of dirty looks as if to say, "How dare you replace my feeder with  this thing!"  Then she buzzed around the new location for her feeder and would have nothing to do with it. 

After a few days of ignoring the feeder and hiding out, I got the message, and as her properly trained human, I rearranged the feeders and put hers back where it originally was. 

Within minutes, Dinger was sitting on the feeder having a royal feast.  As soon as she was done (for the moment), here comes Dandy, the male hummer, and he had a snack.

Dandy sure is a handsome fella, don't you think?

Once Dandy finished, along came a new female to the crew.  Her name is Skitter because she never quite lands, just skitters around the feeder and does her best to grab a drink before Dinger chases her off.

Skitter is constantly in motion, and quite skittish around the others.  Hopefully, she'll be comfortable soon and will actually land.

In the meanwhile, I have been properly chastised by Dinger and will do my best as her humble servant.  Hummers rule!  Now if the cardinals, titmice, house finches, etc. could just get over being mad because I moved their feeder...

Stay tuned...