Bird Feeder Season

Word got around quickly after I set up the bird feeder at the corner of the patio, one week before Mary’s Project Feederwatch data collection started up:

Nuthatch on patio

Nuthatch on patio

You can tell this chipmunk wasn’t at all bothered by my presence:

North end of southbound chipmunk

North end of southbound chipmunk

We call them fur birds, but they don’t count for Feederwatch:

Chipmunk in vacuum cleaner mode

Chipmunk in vacuum cleaner mode

A few days later, I put a casserole of fresh-cooked brown rice on a patio table to cool, only to have a raccoon drag it off. Of course, the Pyrex bowl shattered on the concrete: neither of us got much of the rice…

  1. #1 by Red County Pete on 2013-12-08 - 11:51

    Once snow season starts (7 inches of fluffy snow on Friday), the redneck feeder (mostly aluminum safety plate–works well for finches, sparrows and such) has to be stored. I’m going to do a suet feeder once I get some shop time. I have a good supply of cedar 2 x [246] stock from someone’s old deck that does well for these projects.

    Probably not this AM–we got a local record of -28F this morning. Yesterday was consumed by thawing pipes, where a small chunk of insulation had been knocked off the under-house cutoff valve. No damage [whew!], but the plastic insulation sheathing is back on and there’s a new shelter made from 6″ bats of fiberglass insulation around that valve. It worked.

    • #2 by Ed on 2013-12-08 - 13:38

      mostly aluminum safety plate

      The woodpeckers shouldn’t bother that very much at all…

      • #3 by Red County Pete on 2013-12-08 - 14:14

        They have a loose definition of what’s good to peck. My PVC downspouts get pecked a lot, but they do make a great drumming noise. OTOH, T-111 siding is pecked as the birds go after leaf-cutter bees which use voids in the siding. Woody and his buddies did a number on that shed.

        I tweaked the feeder to exclude blackbirds and Steller’s jays, so we get tiny birds and the pigeon & doves. Go figure.

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