LIVING IN THE ZOO – Marilyn Armstrong

And meanwhile …

Note that one ear goes up and the other down. His muzzle is crooked. Really smart. Ask him, he’ll tell you.

The dogs want treats. The raccoons are hungry. The little white flying squirrels are hungry too. And during the day, masses of finches hang on the feeders, oblivious to the news, politics, primaries, and elections. Fill the feeders and there will be good seeds for dinner.

A masked pair

We had the camera up last night and we got flying squirrels and raccoons. I never get regular squirrel pictures anymore because they are here very early in the morning, long before I’m up. Owen sees them because that’s when he leaves for work.

All the creatures come in waves. At night there are the flyers and the raccoons. In the earliest morning, regular squirrels. From about 10 in the morning and later, it’s all about birds. Lots of finches. Goldfinches, House Finches, woodpeckers of various kinds. Titmouses, Chickadees, Purple Finches. Cardinals. Doves. Blue Jays and Cowbirds. Juncos. Nuthatches.

Red and yellow finches

The bird in front is a Tufted Titmouse and the bird in the back is a woodpecker, either a downy or a hairy.

Goldfinch and flying Titmouse

Red-bellied woodpecker and his friend, the Tufted Titmouse

But you don’t see them all at once. The finches come in flocks and all the others come singly or in pairs. And everyone is hungry.



Categories: birds, dogs, Flying squirrels, Gallery, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography

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7 replies

  1. Action shots of the birds–such good one! We stocked up on cat food and cat litter because God forbid we run out of their ‘TP’!

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  2. I think I’d slow down with the bird seed. They should be able to find enough food by now, Marilyn….

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    • They are breeding now, so they really DO need the extra food, especially the Goldfinches which eat ONLY seeds, not insects. We have fledglings on the feeders already, at least a month early. The birds, raccoons, squirrels, and flying squirrels are self-limiting. They eat least when they find fresh food elsewhere. I’ve also noticed that the night eaters don’t come by are erratic. Some nights there are a lot of them, but most nights, we get two or three raccoons and I don’t know how many flying squirrels. Tthey don’t eat much anyway. The flyers are very small. The regular squirrels only eat early in the morning, so they aren’t making the inroads on the seeds they did last year. Owen tosses food to the ground for the squirrels, ground birds (doves, cardinals, juncos, blue jays who all prefer a flat surface). I’ve got quite a lot of food,. There were a few sales, so I got enough to last a while.

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  3. I hope the stores don’t run out of birdseed.

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