April 05, 2014
Animals of the Wild
Saw a tom and his hens crossing the road at Deering Town Hall the other day when I was headed to a job fair.
The tom was all fanned out and there were 10-15 hens. You can only see one hen to the right of the nearest tree, but trust me, there were a bunch there. They were crossing the road as I was getting the phone out to take a picture.
I got a peanut feeder in an attemp to keep the multitude of squirrels off the birdfeeders on the back ramp. It is working as long as I keep it filled.
Since we are just now getting thawage down to the ground, there are no flowers yet. Humingbirds start appearing in April so I made sure to get a feeder out for any early migrators. I had to get a new pole to put the feeder on and chose one that I could attach to my railing so it will be close to the house - both for viewing and for a bit of protection by the roof from predator birds.
I'm loving the area I am in as there is a large variety of birds that use the trees in the backyard and the shrubs in the swampy area just to the side of my property.
Being within three blocks of the river assures that you will be seeing lots of wildlife in your yard! Don't let the squirrels eat you out of house & home. Our own are ravenous little buggers.
Just now we are being amused by the antics of a white-breasted nuthatch. For the past few days it has been hopping/flying about like a deranged imp. I assume he is in a mating mood, but (unlike what we've usually observed) we see no apparent object of his affection. It is not usual for nuthatches to spend so much time so close to the house - over/around/about the near feeders and the back porch - including pecking at the bottom of the sliding door. I'm calling him Nutty Nuthatch.
Posted by: Cop Car at Apr 6, 2014 8:46:35 AM
Nutty Nuthatch is out there pecking at the door and careening about, now, I failed to write.
Posted by: Cop Car at Apr 6, 2014 8:48:04 AM