We bought this ball of wool and yarn last year, but it never got much attention from the birds. This year, however, I spied a titmouse taking full advantage of it!
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We have a few squirrels that have gotten into our bird feeders.
Even though we have squirrel baffles on our poles, they’ve figured out a way to thwart us. First, they started jumping down from the gutter onto the poles, and then they learned how to jump from the porch railing onto the window screen onto the poles. *Sigh*
They’ve emptied our one “house-shaped” feeder so we keep it empty or filled with safflower, which fewer birds like.
Then they started feasting on peanuts from the peanut feeder.
And most recently, they’ve figured out how to circumvent our fancy squirrel-proof feeder. See?
Luckily, this problem is easily remedied.
If you’re a long-time reader, you might know that we have bluebird house in our back yard, complete with a little video camera inside it. We can watch the video feed on the TV inside the house. Read more about our setup here.
Well, this year we set the nest box out in the yard in February because we noticed the blue birds milling about the feeders. They started laying eggs last week and as of today there are already four eggs in the nest! Here we go again!
I like to jokingly refer to their place as “the Ark” becuase they have so many pets and other animals. Now that they have little Evan Almighty, it’s perfect!! They have a few indoor pets: three dogs and two cats. Nina and Fin are chihuahuas, while Grayson is this teeny little miniature of a regular dog. Seymour is a total snugglepuss and ferocious player. Alabaster didn’t make it into the pictures somehow.
Grayson and Fin
The newest addition to their flock is, well, a flock. Five bantam chickens named Eleanor, Abigail, Chester, Teddy and Lucy. Chester and Teddy are roosters, and it’s still out for decision exactly what Abigail is. A prize for whomever can guess the naming convention for the chickens.
There are also seven baby chickens that Monica allowed to hatch. They’ll join the rest of the flock in a few weeks. The best part about these chickens (besides the incessant crowing) is their cute feathered feet – how adorable. We enjoyed a bunch of fresh Banty eggs while we were there – yum! I wonder if our covenants forbid raising chickens??
Abigail and Chester
Lucy laying an egg
Baby Chicken with feathery feet
Of the four birds in our last clutch of bluebird eggs, one bird did not fledge and died in the nest. Dave was a good man and got rid of it. Bit of a sad note to end the breeding season on, but the bluebirds did have 14 successful chicks, so that’s not too shabby.
These birdies are about ready to fly the coop! They are so big. They will be gone within two days, I’m quite sure.
Here’s all five of them, posing nicely for the photo.
They all want a bite to eat when momma bird shows up at the door.The dominant bird makes himself known. In this picture, he’s literally standing on top of the other four chicks.
And he continues to rule the roost!