|This young squirrel figured out how to balance on the|
Jackson EZ Bird Swing and feed. He did not mind the camera.
This was too funny not to photograph. Readers can see some features of the bird feeding area:
- Two hanging bird-feeders, from Lowe's.
- Three children's swimming pools, which are bird-baths.
- The finch feeder is the green area under the squirrel tail.
- Two Butterfly Bushes are greening up. The large one is the waiting room for the birds and the elevator for the squirrels.
- The area is covered in cardboard and leaves, but the perimeter has such plants as Chaste Tree, Spice Bush, Gooseberry, Raspberries, and Beautyberry.
- One rain-barrel is positioned for the Butterfly bushes. They get the rain, then extra rain from the roof, then a bonus a few days later from the rain-barrel. Three other rain-barrels and four five-gallon paint buckets (totally clean) capture water. Last night's rain gave us two inches.
- There are smaller logs around the tiny Butterfly Bush. It may find its size this year.
- Larger stumps are planted in the yard. Birds adore having a place to perch and preen their feathers. They also like a watchtower for spotting food rustling in the leaf-mulch.
- Stumps and logs also attract toads and foster fungal growth in the soil.
- The massive green area is a planting of Elderberry, just behind the squirrel's body.
- The Wild Garden is in the back, with many features to screen the view and encourage the birds.
Our teen helper said, "You must have a lot of birds in your yard." Every time I open the back door, about twenty birds and several squirrels scatter.
The greatest pleasure is having an all-day display of birds eating at two windows. A male Cardinal is often eating, three feet away, no longer worried that I am watching him.
|Chris took Sassy to the estate sale, with Sassy wearing her|
new sweater. Both of them rocked their outfits.
The photography session was over when the doorbell rang. Our neighbor gave Sassy a dog-sweater, which Sassy was eager to wear. We trotted over to the estate sale to show it off. That was 1/2 block trek.
We visited with most of our neighbors on the block - and their relatives - during the Easter weekend.