Sunday, June 15, 2008

My - A Disney Cartoon?

These are some of the spots our birds choose to make their nests. The pic above is of a Robin's nest on a fence post next to one of our garages. We pass this nest all the time and Ms. Robin is never concerned that we are near. But when I stopped to take a pic, she flew up to a tree nearby and watched our every move.

On the right is another Robin nest at the peak of another garage. It sits on top of a night guard lite. There is a young bird in the nest, but as I clicked this pic, he pulled his head back.

An old mailbox, and a mexican ceramic birdhouse which was given to me by my daughter have become the home for sparrows and wrens. Since we are not trying to attract bluebirds this year, the bluebird houses have become nest boxes for jenny wrens. If you look closely, you can see one peaking his head out of the box. We have been watching the nest box selection and nest building with interest. The box sits outside the kitchen window. The wrens are very musical in the morning. Usually Robins sit on the fence and join in. Recently, I have frequently seen an oriole on the fence too.

As my husband and I watched our yard critters while having coffee on the patio this morning, he made the comment that our yard is like being in a Disney cartoon. We have all these happy little critters all eating and getting along with each other. At any given time, you will probably see rabbits, chipmunks, squirrels and a wide variety of birds all munching on something. Today was pretty enlightening. If you follow my blog, you know that I feed the squirrels peanut butter sandwiches. Well this morning Mr. Baldy was getting bits of peanut butter bread and feeding it to his baby bird. I had never seen cardinals eat bread before. The rabbits even get their share when its available. And yes, I buy large jars of peanut butter, well worth the enjoyment we get watching the feeding frenzie.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

New Sqirrel Discovers Peanut Butter Sandwiches!

This little guy on the left is a chipmunk that travels from the back yard to feed at the bird feeder. Today was the first time that I ever saw him climb the tree and eat from the corn. The corn is 4 ears that are attached to a whirlygig thing. Its put there for the squirrels. The weight of the squirrel causes the whirlygig to spin. The squirrels hang on, get their corn and we get a laugh. I watched this little guy run along the back fence and followed him to the front, watched him run up the tree, out on a limb to land on the top of the post that holds the whirlygig. You see him here packing the pouches in his cheeks. This was a funny site for me because it was cute to see him slide down the metal pin that holds the corn and almost fall. I know alot of people complain about the chipmunks. But we have a spot in the back yard that promotes small critter homes and they don't seem to bother anything. O, we find a few holes to their underground paths, but I just don't see any other damage done. I think they are cute.
This is a young male squirrel that lives in a tree next door. He has been coming to our feeder, but has never really been friendly. When I first noticed him as a frequent visitor, I started throwing peanut butter bread to him. He would come down out of the tree to eat it, but would not let me get close. About a week ago he started coming to the front deck, sitting on the rail staring at Terry who sits next to the window. When Terry sees him he tells the squirrel "Mommie's coming" The squirrel goes to the front door that is all glass and watches for me to come with a peanut butter sandwich. The other night I was telling my friend Deb that this guy was standing on his hind legs with front paws on the front door window looking in. Deb said I should get a pic of him begging and post it here. Well, the best I could do today is the picture below. This little chipper is not leaning on the front door, but he is waiting for me to come.
I get so much enjoyment from these guys. If you watch them for any length of time, its like watching a circus and they are the clowns, high aerial act and trapeze artists all in one. For me, wildlife is amazing and a gift for everyone to enjoy. One accomplishment that I am most proud of is that I have passed this love of animals and wildlife to my daughter and to my two grandsons. I have always said that you can tell alot about a person if they are kind to animals and old people.
I am proud to be both.

Sunday, June 1, 2008

More Visitors

This is Mr. Turtle. I was driving on the highway near my home and found him in the middle of the road. I was sure he wouldn't survive, so I picked him up and gave him a ride to my backyard critter haven. He seemed to like the pond, which is the same one the ducks liked. I love the second pic. Look closely and you can see him looking at me. We haven't seen him around much, he may have left. Whatever he does, stay or go, I don't care as long as he survives.

These are pics of one of the Redheaded Woodpeckers that live in our back yard. I keep suet cakes out for them and the Downy Woodpeckers and the Hairy Woodpeckers that also visit the feeders. The Redheads have also been eating at the feeders that contain sunflower seeds.

I throw stale bread out for the birds and squirrels but the RABBITS have been eating it also. I think thats strange, but I don't know much about wild rabbits. I just let everybody eat what they want to, and try to protect what I need to!

I hope you enjoy visiting my yard as much as I like to write about it. I have been visiting alot of blogs by beady people who are going to participate in the BJP. I try to leave a comment so they know I was there, enjoying what they had to share.

I would love for you to let me know you were here!