Sunday, November 26, 2006

Nature-Peepin'

You know how right outside our living room windows is a koi pond, surrounded by weeping holly, yucca, bamboo, and other plant-life? Well, we just realized the other day, as we watched several squirrels and birds come to drink from the pond, that this was our property's version of "the watering hole," and had the potential to become quite the little nature preserve for Bella. She gets really excited when a squirrel shows up outside the window, or she gets to actually see a bullfrog hop off a lily-pad into the water.

So last night, we picked up a couple of bird-feeders and a squirrel-feeder. One of the bird-feeders is a window model, that you mount with suction-cups to the outside of a window, so that you can then sit back and be entertained by the songbirds coming right up to your face (if you're very still) to sit and eat.

We have already had several visitors, and providing that Bella doesn't scream, "LOOK, A SQUIRREL!" they seem to be pretty happy to have the new food stations at their watering place. We may have to move the squirrel feeder, though, because the little critters are dropping seeds and corn-kernels into the koi pond, and the fish are trying to eat them, and I don't think that's good...is it? We haven't put up the feeder that will hold the cardinal-attracting sunflower seeds yet, because we're looking for just the right place--far enough from the squirrels to discourage their raiding, and close enough to the house so that we can watch them. Next up, one or two of those window-mounted birdhouses, so that you can watch nest activity from inside your house.

And yes, the first cardinal visitor to the new birdfeeder will be christened "Yavier."

And? All my husband wants for Christmas is one of these. And NOT because he's interested in feeding the birds. I wonder...do you think he realizes that the squirrels do not, in fact, say, "YEE-HAWWW?"

9 comments:

  1. Those Droll Yankee folks sure know how to make a bird feeder, don't they? We love ours.

    Also - it's absolutely cruel to post pictures of sunshine and growing plants when it's winter in the rest of the world! What a gorgeous little habitat you've created there.

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  2. That picture was actually taken Oct. 21...BUT, STILL. It is still not cold, and I've about had enough Not Coldness.

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  3. What a great picture! I love the pond. I've wanted one, but Doug has never had the chance to plan one in our landscaping.

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  4. Bird feeders are fun to watch. Although the squirrels here are a pain and usually can figure their way into anything:o)

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  5. I used to have a birdfeeder I hung from one of those shepherd's hook things -- I read somewhere that if you grease the pole with Crisco, the squirrels can't climb up it. I'm not sure if it worked or not, but there was always a lot of squirrel fur stuck in the Crisco...

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  6. dana, I want to re-do it someday, when we're out of other priorities! It was a "do-it-yourself" job, and was already well-established when the previous owners bought this house 9 years ago! I'd like it to be deeper, and to maybe extend a little farther along the side of the house. Also, there is *another* small pond up above that one, that is dried up, and we're almost positive that they used to connect somehow, because we have 40-odd fish in there that completely DISAPPEAR underneath the fountain, and there's no way they all fit unless the pond extends for some distance underneath the landscaping.

    kim, I know. I'm hoping that the bribe of their very own feeding station holds out! The "squirrel-proof" feeder is one of those where the weight of the squirrel is supposed to slide the feeding ports closed. We'll see. And now that Alex knows that Erin and Ian have a "Flipper," he's going to want one more than ever!

    HBS--that is too funny. I'd like to have seen them trying to climb it! Our main squirrel visitor today, both eating from the feeder and drinking from the pond, and making quite a liesurely luncheon of it, was a very-obviously nursing-mama-squirrel, which was kind of cool. She was sleek and fat as a farm-raised rabbit!

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  7. Tell Alex my neighbor has one of these and laughs herself silly when the squirrels try to eat the seed. I think this belongs in his arsenal along with the Elima-Tater. Ya'll have fun now...yahear?

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  8. People need to really stop letting Alex know that these things have entertainment potential. ;-)

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  9. My grandmother always had her "bird and squirrel show" just outside the kitchen window above her sink. She had 5 girls so she washed a lot of dishes -anyway-my earliest memories are of her showing me what was outside that window. I think about her humming and smiling anytime I look out the window and see birds or squirrels-what you wrote reminded me of that-how sweet!

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