Rainy Day Activity

This morning it is raining, and the "whole world" has shown up to make use of our resources. A white squirrel (same family as the gray squirrel, just a recessive gene) is eating shelled peanuts out of the feeder--in between snatchings by a tufted titmouse and a white-breasted nuthatch. The nuthatch is one of my favorite birds here--watching him scoot down the trunk of the black walnut tree to the feeder was one of the first delights of moving to North Carolina. I call him "Mullethead," for the way the black cap reaches down the back of his neck, but I assure you it is an affectionate term.

Besides the ceramic peanut feeder, I have 3 others that are spread out to avoid arguments among the natives. Along with some "watering holes," we have set up a small, caged tube feeder with a black-oil sunflower seed mix, a tray feeder with the same mix (mounted to the handle of a broken garden fork) and a clay-roofed feeder with a 1/4" hardware cloth barrel that holds safflower seed. The squirrels never bother with this one, as safflower seed is too bitter for them unless they are really, really hungry. Which never happens here, of course.

Other visitors today are cardinals, song sparrows, white-throated sparrows, rufous-sided towhees (a rare and wonderful addition), carolina chickadees, bluejays, a carolina wren and the ubiquitous mourning doves. Aside from the soggy squirrel, everyone seems reasonably content. Life is good!
Too Lazy to Mow

Too Lazy to Mow

Bad Bug Predator

Bad Bug Predator