BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS – Marilyn Armstrong

The birds are eating like there’s no tomorrow. I actually spotted a fat woodpecker, one of the big Red-bellied Woodpeckers. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fat woodpecker. But this one was very round … and very big, too.

Today, while it isn’t sunny, it is warm. 70 degrees and going up. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but it is nice to not be shivering, to be able to open the windows and let some air inside!

The cleanup crew

More cleanup

I used my time to clean. I got tired of waiting for help, so I just took a deep breath and did as much as I could. There is so much more to be done, but this helped. Duke is shedding, so everything is covered in white Duke-hair.

The Brown-headed Cowbirds are back

I don’t see many non-flying squirrels much these days. They show up very early in the morning, around sunrise, but this little guy has been dropping by regularly. I think he is young because he is quite small. Awfully cute, too!

Categories: Animals, birds, Gallery, Marilyn Armstrong, Photography, Woodpeckers

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18 replies

  1. Reblogged this on natshouseblog and commented:
    Spring brings out the best.


  2. When I saw your story slugged BIRDS AND SQUIRRELS I chose to comment about it over your other recent offerings because I thought you would be writing about the idiots in government. I am getting too cynical. I was happy to see birds and squirrels that are not a disparagement. We don’t have any squirrels here because developer cut all the trees down, but we have lots of birds. We live across the road from a thousand acre bean and corn field (assuming Mississippi River doesn’t flood again)… We have lots of eagles and hawks and all manner of finches, robins, cardinals, thrushes and hummingbirds later on. Happy days are here. Got petunia sets yesterday. I bet your birds smile a lot courtesy of your creepy neighbors. We (I use that loosely) are making masks for my wife Marsha’s nurses at the hospital she retired from. She is sewing, I am encouraging. She is a local FB champion at the moment. Crisis truly does breed noble deeds. Take care.


  3. I was just going to say, the only svelte creature is this young squirrel…. they SURE had a good winter thanks to your hospitality!


  4. Marilyn, you have friends in high places

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  5. The brown headed cowbirds are wonderful captures! They are usually ground feeders… must be good eats!


  6. Marilyn; a friend of the birds, a friend of God, you and gary are blessed, amen, looks like you need to reduce the carbs though…smile

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  7. Maybe the raccoons will come tonight and finish cleaning up the deck?


  8. Love your pics. The squirrels are getting bolder or it’s just my imagination?


    • I think the squirrels have figured out that we aren’t going to hurt them. They only leave if it looks like we are in attack mode, i.e., ready to push them off the railing But generally, I just let them eat unless they’ve been at it for a hours and it’s time to give the birds a chance. They aren’t friendly exactly, but they know we aren’t enemies either.

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