BIRDS IN THE GARDEN, SQUIRRELS ON THE WATCH

We really are currently overrun by woodpeckers. When I went into the kitchen this morning, there was a Downy woodpecker clinging to the screen door begging for food. I’m pretty sure they are all breeding, too and that’s why they are so hungry. They are feeding the kids. Woodpeckers are very good parents and keep their babies around until they are fully adult — and most woodpecker parents are monogamous. They will also feed each other’s young if they are needed — rare in the world of the wild.

Actually we are completely overrun by doves and woodpeckers. The other birds barely get a snack. There’s not much I can do about it. You really can’t train wild birds to be nicer to each other.

There is something so human about the way this little squirrel is grabbing the bar and looking at the feeder.

One of the odder results of this is that the little birds have given up trying to fight the woodpeckers and doves for food (even the squirrels are getting tired of fighting those fat doves) and have taken to eating our flowers. Really munching down on them. The Goldfinch are particularly fond of petunias — especially the leaves — and something is chomping down on the begonias. Squirrels? We have so many and all the little girls seem to be pregnant again. How many times do they breed per season?



Categories: #animals, #Birds, #gallery, #Photography, #Squirrel, Goldfinch

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14 replies

  1. Your squirrel looks like he’s in a boxing match!

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  2. I really like the last photo with the squirrel holding its hand to its heart. Very touching!

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    • It’s so human that gesture. And there’s a bit of yearning in it, too.

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      • Indeed. Way back in the 1980’s, a band called the Smiths did an album entitled, Meat is Murder. I’m not a vegetarian, but at times, I wish I were. Especially when I see photos like yours that expose a rich, emotional life that it seems most animals have.

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        • I know how you feel. But you know, birds eat each other. Bigger birds eat smaller birds and they all raid each others’ nests and will eat the babies. That really IS the way the world is. This doesn’t mean we have to kill every animal larger than a squirrel, slaughter all the elephants, rhinos, great apes, lions, tigers and bears. We can eat meat, appreciate the sacrifice made on our behalf and not go out and kill everything that moves during hunting season.

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  3. Stunning! Simply stunning!

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  4. That squirrel with its fists in the air–can’t you just hear it railing against the birds: “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” What a great snap, Marilyn. Give him more food.

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    • I wish could just keep feeding them, but there’s no limit to how much they will eat. The doves just stuff themselves and get fat — and never leave the deck. I pretty much live on the railing and only go off to the trees to sleep at night. And the baby squirrels eat like crazed creatures and before you can take a breath, all the little girls are pregnant and there are another set of babies. They actually yell at me if I don’t hop to it in the morning. We’re at the end of the month and the end of the money, so I have to stretch to make it until money comes in again next Thursday. It’s thin eating for a few days.

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  5. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ“ท๐ŸŒน beautiful shots

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