HAWKS TROLLING BIRDFEEDERS

•01/23/16 • Comments Off on HAWKS TROLLING BIRDFEEDERS

Hawk in tree

Frequently hawks visit my yard – sometimes in the front and sometimes in the back. They’re hoping to snag a bird at the feeders or a chipmunk scampering around. I once noticed a large adult hawk eyeing Murphy. I assume it was trying to figure out if he’s a rabbit. I have a book listing hawks in the Midwest, but I can’t identify what type of hawk these two are. These photos were taken through windows since they fly away if I try to sneak outside. Their eyesight is too good!

Hawk at door

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SQUIRRELS BULKING UP FOR WINTER

•12/03/15 • Comments Off on SQUIRRELS BULKING UP FOR WINTER

2 squirrels at bird feeder
The feeder on the right is the one the raccoons ravaged. I seem to have blocked them with fencing around the tree. It’s angled outward to make it hard for them to climb. Not so for the squirrels! Not sure whether they’re climbing the fence or merely jumping to a limb from the ground. They get to the feeder on the left obviously from climbing the evergreens.

The small wooden box low to the ground is the ONE feeder that is for the fuzzy critters. It holds peanuts. When they sit on the ledge, it lifts up the lid so they can reach the peanuts. The chipmunks like it best because they squeeze between the plastic front and the lid, then safely SIT inside to fill their tummies.

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DOING BATTLE WITH RACCOONS

•11/15/15 • Comments Off on DOING BATTLE WITH RACCOONS

I’ve been doing battle with a couple raccoons in my yard. I know that I’m not alone. Many people who feed the birds have the same problem. I’ve written three posts – so far – on my other blog:

  1. Raccoons are a pain … Part 1
  2. Raccoons are a pain … Part 2
  3. Raccoons are a pain … Part 3

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EW-W-W-W … YUCKY BUG!

•11/05/15 • Comments Off on EW-W-W-W … YUCKY BUG!

Wheel Bug
Saw this creepy looking bug near my home’s foundation. It was over an inch long and moved slowly. Naturally I Googled for “brown insect” and learned that it is called a WHEEL BUG (arilus cristatus).It eats other insects and slow-moving caterpillars – so there’s that! It’s a member of Assassin Bugs. Warning – don’t pick it up as that long needle like thing on the front can hurt you. For perspective, that image on the left of photo is a 4″ drain pipe.

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MAPLES HAVE BEEN STELLAR THIS FALL

•10/26/15 • Comments Off on MAPLES HAVE BEEN STELLAR THIS FALL

Fall Maple Tree

This has been a great fall for the trees with red and yellow leaves. Both colors have been spectacular. Enjoy now because the rain forecast for the next two days will likely cause the leaves to fall. This tree is in my front yard so I spend many days either mowing the leaves or using the leaf blower.

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SQUIRRELS ARE CUTE BUT CO$TLY

•10/20/15 • Comments Off on SQUIRRELS ARE CUTE BUT CO$TLY

This is intended to be BIRD feeder! But the seed in it has seeds, fruits and NUTS! Thus, it seems one of the squirrels has deemed it worthy of a challenge even though there is another peanut feeder for them and the chipmunks. The birds that normally eat here were rather upset that the squirrel was taking their food. They found temporary relief at the nearby bath.

If it weren’t for that pretty, fluffy tail and the cute little hands …… they would be a rat.

SOME DOGS ARE JUST GOOD ESCAPE ARTISTS

•10/08/15 • Comments Off on SOME DOGS ARE JUST GOOD ESCAPE ARTISTS

Boone - the beagle mix

This is the gate to my backyard. I was edging the beds in the front when I heard a familiar yip. That dog – named Boone – looking through the gate is a 5mo old sweet Beagle-mix that lives in the white house in the background. His house has a fenced yard just like my yard. When he first came to live with his new family, he was small and managed to squeeze under the wire part of the fence. We thought it would be temporary until he grew and could no longer squeeze under.

Well that’s not happening. Even though he now has long legs, he’s still able to “limbo” under the wire in no time flat. If I’m out in the back and he’s let out, he happily joins the Murph and me. Murph doesn’t like Boone in HIS yard at all! But my yard has new smells (chipmunks) and another big dog in a neighbor’s yard that he can play with. He started coming into my yard whether I was outside or not. So his teenaged family member has to jump the fence to retrieve him. I don’t mind him coming into the yard, but while he was at the gate, he tried to squeeze under it as well. That would be bad if he could get out in the open and in Beagle-style, follow his nose to who knows where. 

When the Dad came home, he began working on putting up a barricade, so I gave him some wire fencing I had in the garage for him to put on his side of the fence. Then he put in strategically placed small wood slats. So far it seems to be working. It’s amazing that a fence that keeps in “low rider Murph”, can’t keep in a long-legged Beagle.

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