Perhaps you recall my lament on the birdless feeder. Well, I’m pleased to report that the feeding population has quadrupled this season: we now FOUR regular avian visitors, and seem to have thwarted the rats, somehow. Or they’ve simply grown too fat and heavy on birdseed to climb up the feeder posts.
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The mouthy scrub jay, who we call Frank, has begun bringing his partner, Ernestine. They are strapping specimens, and a bit large for the feeders…
So they take their seeds to a fence post and crack them open.
The jays announce themselves with a grating, piercing shriek as they sail into the backyard, and the cats – now thoroughly conditioned to it – race to the window from all over the house to watch them.
We’ve also had regular visits from a pair of house finches.
And though she doesn’t count as a “feeder” (because she came to the front window), a mourning dove stopped on the windowsill a couple of times to check on my thesis progress.
…As one of our Ace Birders snoozed soundly about 3 feet away.
She hasn’t returned, however, and I suspect she showed up one day when the cats were all awake, and is presently recovering in a cardiac ICU.