Feb 22-14

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2014: February: Feb 22-14
Feeder critters    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Rob Wetton
Seeing double    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by Rob Wetton
Feeding Pretty Bird    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by George & Paulette Beveridge
Eating his greens    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by George & Paulette Beveridge
Chickdee lunch    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo by George & Paulette Beveridge

Mary Drew at Pasty Central (Mdrew) on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 08:31 pm:

Today's first two photos were sent in by Rob Wetton, who said that they've always had a number of gray and black squirrels raiding their birdfeeder, even though he tried to create a barrier to keep them from climbing up there. Rob said after a day or two they'd figure out how to get on and they'd be back there enjoying the sunflower seeds, always one at a time, since they'd chase each other away. So, he was surprised to see two of them sharing the feeder together. Maybe they're trying to pretend they don't know the other one is there, since they're tail to tail and can't see each other. As for trying to keep them off the feeders, Rob's comment was, "Oh, well, they have to eat, too."

The bottom three photos come from George and Paulette Beveridge and if you've been a regular Pasty Cam visitor over the years, you probably recognize Pretty Bird getting hand fed by George. He said they've been feeding him spinach now, so he gets his greens, along with apple and shelled sunflower seed. During the stormy weather this winter, Pretty Bird wouldn't come out to feed for 8 to 10 days at a time. I wonder if he has a little "store" of food hidden away where he nests on the blustery days?
They also feed the chickadees, but those little birds mostly enjoy the shelled seeds...I suppose they like that better, since it's less work to get to the good part.

So in conclusion, it looks like the Keweenaw bird feeders feed a variety of birds, squirrels and I'm sure a few other critters at times, keeping them going through the rough winter days.

By Shirley Waggoner (Shirlohio) on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 08:52 pm:

Aww...Pretty Bird and Chickadee, that is so sweet! Thanks for sharing, George and Paulette.
Rob, remember "Where there's a will, there's a way", especially if there's food at the end of the journey.:9

By dane l. christensen (Danech55) on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 08:55 pm:

I'm thinking Pretty Bird's diet is better than mine!

By Alex "UP-Goldwinger" (Alex) on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 09:20 pm:

Is the feeder in the last photo rigged up to the Jeep? Brings new meaning to the phrase, "Thirty minutes (as the crow flies) or it's free".

By Duane P. (Islandman43) on Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 10:38 pm:

Squirrels and blue jays are the riff-raff of the animal world.

By Thomas Baird (Thomas) on Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 07:20 am:

Pretty birds.

By michael j. adams (Adzie40) on Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 08:33 am:

my wife sherry and I have had the pleasure of meeting paulette and George, two of the nicest people you will ever meet.

By Just me (Jaby) on Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 01:53 pm:

I love the photos today! I do not have squirrels
around in the winter. Where do they go? I love
Pretty Bird! Thanks for the happy pics on this
snowy day!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, February 23, 2014 - 02:00 pm:

I love bird pictures. I have the same problem with
squirrels in the feeders. We ask the dog if she's
ready to get them and she races out there only to
never catch them. But at least she chases them
away :-)

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