It’s not just the woodchucks who show up for a nosh at Casa River.
We have a beautiful pair of foxes who are denning down in our woods.
Hey now… I’m sharing the sights and sounds of my backyard.
Please be respectful.
Early morning shots through a wet window are a little blurred.
This is sharper.
Then there are the daily seed raiders…
This not pregnant anymore doe just dropped her fawn in the woods 2 houses down and is late in blowing her winter coat.
Of course if we had this type of deer, our seeds would be safe.
But if we had these?
We might not be.
And do you remember the Catbird nest with it’s bright blue eggs?
New life is popping there too.
Although momma Catbird doesn’t like it when I photograph her babies. Turn up your volume to hear her cry.
And then there’s this fellow…. who I stumbled on by accident and took one quick out of focus shot of before I hightailed it inside.
At least I wasn’t looking at the business end.
In the parking lot of a restaurant I saw –
The best damn car seat covers…
If these don’t stop your mother in law from asking you for a ride?
At Goodwill I saw –
Technically no, Richard…. no one said sale.
It’s just thrifting.
But may I say…..eeewww.
Clearly there is no quality control in the thrift store business.
This was a sleeve of a blouse with hair covered velcro on the end.
Why did it have hair covered velcro on the end?
It’s Goodwill. How the hell should I know?
And finally I saw…
A full grown pregnant doe terrified of a chipmunk.
He was sitting on the edge of the stone wall, chipping… as chipmunks are wont to do.
And she wouldn’t come any closer.
I don’t speak chipmunk, but maybe….
He’d had a bad day.
I put birdseed out for the birds….
Which the deer eat.
I put apples out for the deer….
Which the woodchucks eat.
Granted, they’re cute as all get out when they do…
But do they have to eat the deer grain as well?
Sometimes they climb right in the bowl and polish it off.
Which leads the deer to eat…
It’s a vicious circle.
And proves that our backyard creatures are a little confused.
Like this Baltimore Oriole….
Who tries to drink from the hummingbird feeder.
The owner of this house spends a small fortune keeping you in fresh oranges and grape jelly…. don’t get greedy.
And whoever he wants.
But you look like weirdos this time of year.
Last fall, this buck was a 12 pointer.
He looks like a Princess Leia wannabe.
I mean come on…
The other deer are laughing at him.
And apparently, so is Chris Hemsworth.
But it’s true.
You do look kind of ridiculous.
Since the little darlings have been raiding my bird feeders of late, I thought I’d put out more deer feed and a few chopped apples for them as a treat.
Apparently this went over quite well.
They called in the cavalry.
Note to self –
Buy more feed.
This is better than cable.
There really is a Game of Thrones meme for every subject.
(Disclaimer- this post was scheduled incorrectly and is appearing 2 weeks later than planned, hence the brown lawn. )
It’s finally spring in Maine.
The temperatures are warming, the grass is greening and the deer in our backyard are spoiled rotten brats.
We put out a few bowls of grain and chopped apples in the late afternoon and enjoy watching them stroll leisurely up from the woods.
Yes, I’m talking about you.
So imagine my surprise the other day as I was taking pictures…..
And this one stuck his tongue out at me.
How’s that for appreciation?
Cut it out!
Don’t give me that look.
Cheeky little bugger.
We watch the birds here at Casa River.
Lots and lots of birds.
We also feed the birds.
Which brings all manner of beasts to our backyard to eat what falls on the ground…
On any given day you can see woodchucks, chipmunks, skunks, raccoons, squirrels, and fox.
During the cold winter months, the birds eat me out of house and home.
I fill and fill and fill those feeders but their appetites seem to know no bounds.
I’ve noticed the seed levels were dropping at an alarming rate.
In mere hours multiple feeders were stripped clean.
That explains it.
(Photos and video taken 2 weeks ago. Even Maine is greening up by now.)