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?"