Sunday, December 28, 2008

A Visitor to the Feeder

“I have never been in a natural place and felt that was a waste of time. I never have. And it's a relief. If I'm walking around a desert or whatever, every second is worthwhile.” - Viggo Mortensen

Look who visited our bird feeders a day or two ago (sorry I couldn't get closer, but I had to take the picture through the kitchen window):



He was so healthy looking, fat with a fluffy tail as big as his middle! Amazing. He just sat there and ate birdseed off the ground for a good ten minutes until something startled him (he did the same "vulture" look that Dakota does when she sees something she doesn't like... it was funny) and he trotted off into the woods.

Because we are so close to a massive amount of woods (conservation area behind us), we get lots of action out back. I've seen a fisher cat, a bear, a hawk (this one amused me to no end, because there were squirrels on my feeder when he flew over. They ran up the tree that he landed in. One was directly above him and one immediately behind him around the tree and I swear I could hear them thinking, "You don't see me... you don't see me..."), lots of deer and chippies and TONS of birds. It's amazing how many birds I get to my few feeders. I wish I could afford to put out more! I've had a domestic cat back there a few times, which makes me angry -- my birds aren't a cat buffet and I sure wish folks would keep them inside for the birds' sake AND for the cat's sake.

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A couple gratuitous Christmas photos.

Santa 'Kota:



I think DD likes the afghan Gram made for her:



And Dakota likes the one Gram made for me her:



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9 comments:

Dru said...

Is that a fox? That is so cool.

LOL at Dakota taking over your Christmas gift.

Have a good Sunday.

Ceri Hebert said...

I love to see wildlife in the yard. My mom as a bear that visits her apple tree and feeders too. And an occasional fox and coyote as well as a moose that walked through and deer etc. Not so much now since the land next door to her was sold and built on, but still plenty of woods. I've seen a raccoon and otter in my back yard (due to the river) even though we're surrounded by houses. Oh, and we have a groundhog community under our shed.

Love the quilts. Apparently so does Dakota!

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

Those afghans are beautiful. We also get some action in these parts, but not bears. We get tons of deer, the occasional fox, the very occasional coyote, wild turkeys, the usual suspects in lots and lots of birds, hawks, hummingbirds, you name it. Then we have lots of ground hogs, 'possums, etc., too.

Charity said...

Dakota looks unusually subdued in that Santa hat.

oregonsunshine said...

I miss having visiting wildlife. We get the occasional coyote serenade, but not much else here.

Dakota looks lovely on her afghan!

Brandy said...

Dakota sure looks comfy on her new afghan. *G* I bet the fox was gorgeous. We get a few dear, birds,raccoons and oppossum in our area. I wish people would take more care driving around here because of them.

I hope your day is restful!

Allie Boniface said...

Love the pics!

Amy said...

Is that a FOX?

This is why I live in the 'burbs.

Anonymous said...

once i went to the woods i see most of lovely parrots feeding their youngones with a lot of care and safety...This shows how big was the mother feeds the young ones ...Be sure to make that we humans want such care and happiness to the very young ones .....

In the woods i can see the animals feed with a great care....." In spite of this we have to notice this caring of feeding such animals is the potential of making great environmental stability.
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