Tag Archives: bird feeders

She’s back!


Yes, I’m still bird nerding out that a female pileated woodpecker has found our backyard .



Two sightings in twenty years and now twice in one week.






Needless to say I’m making sure that particular feeder is always full in case she drops by.



A bag fills the cylinder once with 1/4 left over, and I have to fill it every other day.



Pricey, but worth it.

(Photo includes another of my coffee table metal sculptures since you seemed to like the hermit crab.)



Random stuff.


For those of you who haven’t seen the header image on my blog this month…



Flying woodchuck witches seemed more than appropriate.




Yeah, we got ‘em.



Flocks of hundreds of starlings that fly in and empty our bird feeders in record time.



I’m guessing “Your nuts are in this box” is not a package most men expect to receive.



Can you see the beautiful buck hidden behind the blueberry bushes?



It seems Lord Dudley Mountcatten has had enough of the glorious fall foliage.

And finally, in honor of Halloween…



I wish I’d seen this sooner.

It’s a holiday yard decoration I could totally get behind.



It’s almost unbearable.


My little town’s FB page has been lighting up with some interesting sightings lately.

One woman kept posting but no one believed her.




I’d say that’s pretty definitive proof.

To be honest I’m surprised we’ve never had this issue. We’ve seen evidence of Yogi in our backyard and woods. (and even on the deck one winter. Yikes!)  But he’s never raided our feeders, for which I’m grateful.

They’re lovely creatures, but quite destructive.

The sightings continue…. which prompted this latest post.




I’m down with that.

Hi Waldo!

Because I promised I would….



Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to admit they’re marvelously clever and acrobatic creatures. Entire industries are built on deterring them from raiding our bird feeders, but squirrels?

They train for it.



Personally, I enjoy their antics and figure anyone who works that hard deserves a few seeds and nuts.

So as promised, here are a few of my favorite shots over the years.

When we moved to our house in 2002 it was a wasteland of gardenless grass, so I stuck a quick pole in the ground with a feeder.




It didn’t take long for a squirrel to find it.




Reaching it was a little harder.




But eventually he got there.




Although he had a hard time accessing the seed…




It didn’t beat him.




And he happily ate hanging upside down.




Mind you, we have a large open backyard and the winds blow like downtown Chicago so a lot of the feeders actively swing.




Which is what this one was doing. Back and forth, back and forth, with a squirrel happily perched inside and enjoying the ride.




This one didn’t mind sharing the feeder with an orange.

He just used it as a cushion.




Here’s another upside down eater.


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Maybe he was raiding seed…maybe he was doing handstands.

Tough call.


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Either way, I’m in awe of the leg muscle it takes to hang like that.




This feeder posed a challenge at first.




And for a while all he could do was hug it.




But after a day or two?




Upside down munching.





Is there anything they can’t do?



Apparently not.