At first glance, you may think this title implies a post full of birds in a shades of blue.
Maybe she’ll share a few pictures of Bluejays? Yes, I have two pictures of a Bluejay to share but this post is about a different kind of blues. Listen up and I’ll tell my sorry tale. The plans for a beautiful bird-feeder gone wrong. Attacked by villainous creatures in broad daylight!
They came calling early sneaking along the shadows… And it was uncommonly cold out there with sub-zero wind chills. I tried to be generous. Even spread some seed along the deck railings so they wouldn’t have to ravage the actual bird feeder.
Are squirrels related to locusts? Did someone command a squirrel plague upon my bird feeder? A few sweet little song birds did manage to find some bits of seed around the broken feeder during one of the 5-minute periods when I’d successfully shooed the squirrels away 3 feet to one of the maple trees.
The snowbirds did not seem overly intimidated by the sordid squirrel population inhabiting their new feeding grounds. And my favorite little Chickadees mostly take their meals to go anyway. The rest of the birds found solace in the sloppy seeds the squirrels dropped on the deck and visited during the times I clapped my hands and stomped my feet enough for the squirrels to back up a few paces. I threw some bread crumbs and fruit out for the birds as well since the squirrels were sopping up all their seed. The squirrels weren’t even satisfied with just the seeds! With apologies to T.S. Eliot, perhaps the world ends with neither a whimper nor a bang but when a squirrel or two-thousand of them simply eat the whole dang thing gone!
Other birds spotted (but not photographed) when squirrels weren’t scurrying:
My Carolina wren came out to sing in the warmer weather this morning! Geese flying over head yesterday. A Mockingbird while I was taking my work break at a local park yesterday. Sparrows, house finches, a nuthatch, the red-bellied woodpecker, and another pair of Chickadees. Cardinals and a few robins in the trees. A starling keeping watch.
What birds did you spot this week?
Any squirrel solutions to offer me? Even now with the bird-feeder in pieces on the ground, a squirrel sits waiting to see if I’ll come fix it and offer up more food.
Linking up my post with the Bird D’Pot hosted by Anni over at I’d Rather B Birdin’ as well as Saturday’s Critters hosted by Viewing Nature With Eileen. Go check out both blogs for some amazing shots of birds and other animals.