Saturday, December 28, 2013

Feeding the Birds

Momma is quite mad about feeding the birds that live in our neighborhood. She spends a lot of time just watching the birds eat. Sometimes she even spies on them with her binoculars. Is that even legal?

Today she asked to use my blog to talk about feeding the birds.

Well, one must choose one's battles, so I agreed, provided that yours truly could do the narration and also be featured in the photos to add some interest for my regular readers.

Here we go...

Look above my head. Do you see it? It's a little bell made of bird noms. Well, actually, it also has what I would consider labranoms. Hence its location in the front yard which is off limits for me unless accompanied by a human.



Apparently it is the "black blob" photo time of year. A little retouching would be nice.



Out back we have The Eliminator! Master made the hanging contraption in an attempt to foil squirrels from emptying our old feeder. No luck. But the Eliminator really is squirrel proof, so no worries about that anymore.

Next to me is the bird water bowl which momma endeavors to keep clear of ice as much as possible (she says she will *not* buy a bird water bowl heater as that will mark the tipping point from backyard birder to crazy bird lady, the distinction seems quite arbitrary to me).



At least that bird bowl will keep them from pooping in my water bowl.


Moving on, we have the newest addition. I am VERY interested in this feeder. It contains nuts and berries held together by suet. SUET! As in rendered cow! Yum!


Wish those birds were a bit more sloppy with their suet.


Finches like thistle. They also have impossibly small beaks which means they can feast at the little finch feeder without worry that a big old blue jay will knock them off.



Thistle. Not a fan.


The Woody Woodpecker feeder (and more of that suet stuff). Turns out that Woody Woodpecker is not a very friendly chap. None of the other birds will eat when he's around, so he has a private station (complete with tail stabilizer for his dining comfort).

Sometimes, on a sunny day, that cow fat melts onto the ground. YUM!



Finally, in the way back, is the feeder that started it all. While nothing approaching squirrel proof, it does take them a while to empty it and they are such slobs that they scatter lots of seed on the ground for the birdies who prefer to eat at foot level.

This is also the primary feeding station for our resident hawks and many is the time that we find evidence of some unfortunate bird meeting its doom. One time we even saw a hawk wrestle a squirrel and it was not a pretty sight.


Birds are slobs.



And my reward for all that posing? You guessed it!


TENNIS BALL!!!!


Momma is still struggling with photographing me in action, but she does try.




Where are my eyes? Fi and Abby mom, please help!


Dexter done!

P.S. From Momma - All my bird stuff comes from Wild Birds Unlimited. I'm lucky enough to have a store close by, but they also have an online store. 

36 comments:

  1. Much enjoyed the guided tour! We hope there is suet left for you in the spring

    Gus n Teka

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  2. Heehee. Mom was reading a book on photography yesterday, and the section on 'sports photography' was talking about how photographers should really try to get 'two eyes and the ball' in the shot (unless, the book, added helpfully, you weren't photographing a sport involving a ball...). We think your Momma did a pretty good job getting the two eyes and a ball! (You notice our Mom seems to get one eye, one frisbee and flying ears/tails... her book said NOTHING about that, although maybe it's in the 'Don't Do This' section that she hasn't reached yet...) It is tough being a black dog in white snow on a gray day!

    BTW, we think your Momma should just get the bird bath heater - why try to deny the crazy? Embrace it! Unless she's got a penchant for breaking up ice in bird baths (and if that is the case, she's already crazy - and given the number of bird feeders in your yard, we think she's only a few sunflower seeds short of being a bona fide Crazy Birder anyway)...

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona and Abby the Hippobottomus

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  3. My grandma shops at the same store. She does have a heated bird bath and so does Aunt J, so I think your mom should get one. Once you're a crazy dog lady, being a crazy birder is no big deal.


    Bunny

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  4. That's a lot of bird food. SHE loves looking at our birds, but doesn't feed them. We love to CHASE birds...

    XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

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  5. Embrace the crazy sounds like good advice for your momma. Too bad about your eyes. Where did they go?

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  6. How is it the birdies around you house can even fly.....do they waddle over to the bird feeders each day....gosh that is some buffet they can browse from. Our Mom does the same thing...we have bird feeders everywhere....personally we think they are just messy buggers that throw seed everywhere.

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  7. We are glad the birds are slobs so you at least find a little something to sustain you while playing with your tennis ball, Dexter!

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

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  8. Our Mom has a THINGY about feeding "HER" Birds... She LOVES it like your momma does. She has THREE feeding areas also... BUTT the poor Woody Peckers HERE have never had the Tail Board thingy to help them out... THAT is Brilliant.
    You are right about Birds being SLOBS... butt then Ernie and I actually like to nibble on some of the spilled Corn and Sun Flower seeds... that they... THROW OUT all over the ground.
    It is SO nice to know that WE are not alone with this Madness.
    Our Mom buys Corn and S.Flower seeds in 50# Bags... OFTEN.
    The GOOD pawt is that it DOES get her outside with US Every day. RIGHT???

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  9. PeeS.... We chased all the squirrels off AGES ago... but the RABBITS come... and leave us the mostest DELIGHTFUL... Snacks. Just Sayin Dexter... Just Sayin.

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  10. I used to feed birds but got tired of the mess and the weeds the seeds produced. I even tried baking the seeds on low temp as someone told me it would prevent the weeds...it didn't. I prefer to think of my yard as the watering and bathing hole. The birds love when my pool waterfall is going...they bathe and play. And I do have several berry trees for them... that'll have to do!

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  11. Dexter, our mom and dad-guy have feeders out for the birdies too. The mom says she does it so we'll have Bird TV to watch. But she watches as much as we do. :)

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  12. The birds must love you and your mom.
    The birds don't like us, because Stanzie tries to eat them....

    Wyatt

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  13. Well Dexter, it is a great relief that you have at least negotiated some terms and conditions over use of YOUR blog. (Normally, I confine Gail to a footnote when she wants to say something for herself). Also, I do hope that Momma puts as much thought into feeding you as she does those birds which are, after all, wild animals and not due the privileges of a pet. The heated bowl, for example, is an interesting concept. I have often thought of demanding that Gail go outside every morning and scoop up some muddy water for my kitchen bowl, it being so much preferable to that tasteless stuff that comes out of the tap...
    Toodle pip!
    Bertie.

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  14. hello dexter its dennis the vizsla dog hay wow yoo hav got a lot of bird feeding stayshuns!!! i wish we had that menny dog feeding stayshuns!!! happee impending noo yeer!!! ok bye

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  15. A year or two ago Momma fed the birds, too! She didn't have as many bird feeding areas as your Momma, but that doesn't mean she didn't get lots of birds! She was thinking of putting a feeder or two out again this year, but hasn't yet.

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  16. Howdy Dex, we think your mum should get the bird bath heater. You have a lot of feeders and must have fun watching the birds. We have little blue wrens around our place. They're very small and oh so cute. See ya mate. No worries, and love, Stella and Rory

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  17. We have lots of birds and a bunch of feeders. Our birds get sunflower seeds, mixed seed, peanuts and suet balls and we think they're the fattest birds anywhere around. #1 has logged almost 30 different bird species in our garden. Oh, and we also feed our red squirrels. They get yummy walnuts and hazelnuts. We don't have grey squirrels in France.

    Woofs,
    Tommy

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  18. Since moving to this new place Mama REALLY enjoys the birdies...mostly because of the lack of squirrels!! We have a squirrel TV in the kitchen and in the living room!!

    Smileys!
    Dory, Bilbo, Jakey and Arty

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  19. Who knew your momma is a bird stalker? We have seen those little suet holder things at our friends yard and it is very tempting. If we had one we would stand under it all day Dexter.

    Your friends,
    Niamh & Ambrose

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  20. Wowsa, and I thought Ma was crazy with all her hummin'burd feeders!! BOL
    Last summer we had tons of burdies nestin' all overs our yardie,and Ma was in heaven. I hopes this summer I can watch all the burdies nest and grow into big burdies!
    Ya know our burds LOVE our fountains. They love the bubblin' water for their baths ~ especially the hummers!!
    Kisses,
    Ruby ♥
    pees: that was a FABulous reward for all your hard work posin' with the burdie feeders!! :)

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  21. BOL - I have three black horses - the only times you can see any features on them is if they are saddled. Then it is sort of like "I guess that could be a head there..."

    We gave up on birds - we found Monty feasting on hummingbirds that came to the feeder, even though it is several feet up. He'd just wait till one swooped low and then catch it.

    Monty and Harlow

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  22. We have a bird feeder, but I hope the birds don't rely on it because Momma is TERRIBLE about remembering to refill it.

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  23. Dexter I must say you are so handsome against the snow with your beautiful black coat! My Mommy always says that birds are slobs also but she continues to feed them. We get a cardinal family that we have named regularly(or at least we think its the same family each time).

    Happy New Year to you and your family

    Loveys Sasha

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  24. Hi Dexter - Its Randi's mom - Thank you so much for the wonderful holiday card. I have been meaning to write to you and I'm sorry its taken so long. Your Sweet Cougar Randi left us for Rainbow Bridge at the beginning of October. I just put a post up today cuz its her birthday....
    She loved her little Cublet so much... Wish on a star tonight & make sure your mom & dad give you lots of snuggles.
    Love,
    Randi's mom & Secretary

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  25. Well, I just learned that I am officially a "crazy bird lady" because I have a heated bird bath :) Thanks Dexter.

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  26. our chickens aren't slobs

    Stop on by for a visit
    Kari
    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

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  27. Good to see your mom looking after the birds Dexter matey. Our lot do it too. Except I think our Sid squirrel would still managed to get in through your defenses. He doesn't so much as get in our bird feeders, but he sometimes carries them away if they aren't secured down... blink once and the squirrel has it away.. Happy New Year. Luvs Freya Rose Blossom and Frankie de tabby x

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  28. Hmm. Feeding birds. Our mom has talked about starting to do that so she can photograph the little kind. I think she should worry more about feeding US tasty treats, don't you?
    Cammie!

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  29. Dextew
    Thank dog you wewe in those pictoowes, othewwise, I'm not shoowe I coold have stayed focused, but Mommi says it's fabooloos how clevew and genewoos youw Mama is wif all those biwdies..I do hope they get sloppy wif the soo et fow you though.
    smoochie kisses
    ASTA

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  30. Wow, we Adooooooooore birds! But we think they're not going to be roasted so we'll just stay here and drool over those pics :-) Happy New Year, Dex! may 2014 be full of fun and treats and hugs.

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  31. We love that your mom takes care of the birds. We don't have many around here in the winter. We just love your pictures....even if your eyes are kind of dark!! Happy New Year to you all!! xo Chloe and LadyBug

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  32. Just wanted you to know that I have been thinking about you and your family during the terrible storm in the North East.

    Susie in Dallas, TX

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  33. Yep...we saw Mumsie just hoarded 15 lbs of critter food at the store tonight. Daddy bought her a squirrel feeder where the rodents with tail learn to push a lever down and the lid flies up. Hopefully they are smarter than Scruffy. Stay warm, pals!

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  34. Have woo ever seen a Siberian Sparrow?

    We get them at our feeders ;-)

    Hugz&Khysses,
    Khyra
    PeeEssWoo: We've been watching how Woody just GLARES at the other birds and they KNOW not to even dare thinkaboutit -

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