Friday, March 30, 2012

Friends and foes ...

With the nice weather we've had this past week, things are greening up.  
In a late afternoon shot from my driveway, the trees are beginning to parade 
their developing leaves.

And in my backyard, more and more visitors are arriving to the point 
where I am having to fill my sunflower seed feeder every 2 days.  
The goldfinches are arriving in packs.  I wonder where they go in the winter?  
Probably south like I SHOULD!

I have a few new visitors like this female Red-bellied Woodpecker.  
The male always comes around but this year, the female has been dropping in.  
She's funny in the sense she doesn't feed from the feeder but always 
from the patio stone wall where I place some daily seed.




Then there is Ms. Cowbird.  Doesn't she look evil??  
I'm not a big fan of the cowbirds since I discovered last summer they leave their eggs in other bird's nest to raise.  I had exactly that situation with a little tree sparrow that was feeding a youngin' that was twice his size.  

You might remember that post last July .. Even Birds Do It. 
It was you folks who alerted me that it was a baby cowbird, not a sparrow.

Of course, the squirrels didn't go anywhere throughout the winter.  
But they are getting more aggressive at the feeders, with no success, I may say!  
When I go for walks, I pick up these walnuts and serve them up as treats. 


 There are a few uninvited guests 
that have been making the rounds lately.

Like the cat from the horse barn next door who scouts out my place now and then.  
Actually in this photo she is scouting out the chipmunk's place.




And of course, that just doesn't sit very well with Carmen Chipmunk, 
my one and only chipmunk!


I think she is pleading here to me,
"Oh, House Lady, please make that cat stay away!"

I'll do my best Carmen, I'll do my best, but you must
stay aware and alert!

: : : 

And to all of you, my friends,
have an aware and alert weekend!
Make it a great one!  But stay safe!




49 comments:

My Journey With Candida said...

Cats!!! They are cute but they are so wicked.

Hope kitty doesn't find a meal at your feeder.

Wanda..plain~N~simple said...

I love this post!! Yes, Carmen does seem to be pleading with you, great caption.

Country Girl said...

I love the photo of the squirrel with the walnut. And having been to your backyard sanctuary, this post really made me smile ~

Sandra said...

i love your view and all your critters and birds. i am thinking this means you do not live in downtown Philly.

Sylvia K said...

I do love your captures as always and Carmen does have such a cute way of pleading!! Nothing like the neighborhood cat making its morning rounds -- after all, the world does belong to them!!! A great start to my weekend and I hope you have a beautiful one, Reena!

Sylvia

Florida Farm Girl said...

Your goldfinches come to visit me in the winter!! I'm still seeing one or two but they'll be gone soon.

I have kitties that seem to have invaded our space lately. Between them and the cooper's hawk, the little one have to be on the lookout at all times.

Love that view across your driveway.

Madi and Mom said...

Morning Ms. Reena...what excellent pictures. Especially the red-bellied!! Up close and personal for sure. Cow birds are here too.

Wish I could find some where to send them.

Happy Weekend
Hugs Madi and Mom

TexWisGirl said...

oh, such cute shots! love that carmen with her tail straight up!

and your goldfinches wintered here at Run*A*Round. unfortunately, we still have a whole bunch of cowbirds i could still send north!

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

Carmen is a cutie!

Steve Gravano said...

Great photos! I love the squirrel photo, she looks like she's going bowling!

Ginny said...

What a wonderful and cute surprise at the end, the adorable chipmunk!!!! I especially like your squirrel pictures today, too! The cowbird...we don't have many of them here. But you have made him look like an indigo bunting, he is so pretty and blue!

Tracy said...

Reena,I love chipmunks...and we don't have them in NC. So thank for sharing that lovely photo as well as all the rest of them. Great Great photos!

Liza said...

I have a few chipmunks to spare. Where should I send them?

CherryPie said...

Poor Carmen she does look a little scared!

Margaret said...

I do love your patio... so brimming with lovely images and you share them with us! :) The cowbird's blue is really quite gorgeous! I hope Mr. Cat continues to have bad luck...

Pat Tillett said...

Oh that Carmen is a cutie!
Once again I see that everyone has prettier birds than we do.

latebloomerbuds said...

Cute, cute and as always, great shots Reena! Margie

Pat said...

What a beautiful view across your driveway!
Sweet little Carmen - I hope she can stay away from the cat. We never see chipmunks here since there are several house cats allowed to roam free. The squirrels probably can use the extra treats. I read that, because of the very mild winter, more squirrels survived until spring and there's more competition for food.

Gillian Olson said...

Really great shots, you sure have a variety of visitors to your feeders. The red bellied woodpecker and the chipmunk are so cute; the cow bird is a handsome looking bird even though it takes advantage of other smallers birds.
Safe and happy weekend to your too!

Michael said...

looks like the property outside is as beautiful as the new bathroom

Catherine said...

Don't you love it when all the critters come home for spring? I hope sweet kitty stays away from adorable chipmunk!
xo Catherine

Barbara said...

I love that you pick up walnuts for the squirrels!!

Lisa said...

That little squirrel is so darn cute.. I love that blue bird.
Beautiful . Just beautiful

Ann said...

Well it looks like a big old spring celebration is going on there. Love that picture of the chipmunk.

GailO said...

Looking beautiful in your backyard! We recently had a problem with squirrels living under our kitchen cabinets and discovered a hole they gnawed in the siding to get into the house...the professionals who were here to advise us advised us to stop feeding the birds because we are attracting the squirrels:( Believe me they are not nice house guests!

How do you keep them out of your feeders?

Kamana said...

your backyard looks so lively and interesting! have a great weekend :)

Marcie said...

Gorgeous early-spring images. Love the birds that your feeders attract!

Nancy Claeys said...

So cute! Looks like Miss Kitty may be expecting -- more kitties to be on watch for.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I love that the finches have returned and the red bellied and downy's have been loving the suet I've put out. Saw a bluebird for the first time the other day but he was gone before I could get a picture. Have a great weekend.

Debbie said...

oh i just love these posts, i am so glad i did not miss it!!

each shot was my favorite, until i saw the next. your view is "park-like"!!

islandwonder said...

Oh my! Carmen I hope your senses are acute. That cat looks young and strong.

rainfield61 said...

We have cowboys, and also, cowbirds.

That's interesting.

eileeninmd said...

Reena, I love your birdies, wonderful post and photos. I hope your cute chipper stays safe from the cat. You do have a lovely view from your driveway! I hope you are having a great weekend!

eileeninmd said...

Reena, I love your birdies, wonderful post and photos. I hope your cute chipper stays safe from the cat. You do have a lovely view from your driveway! I hope you are having a great weekend!

Ivanhoe said...

You have a quite a variety of birdies! We only have sparrows around right now. Hopefully there's more coming soon!

Evelyn S. said...

I feed goldfinches year-round....but they are really active right now, too. The grosbeaks that spent several days at the feeders have moved on, but one red-winged blackbird visits now and then. I certainly don't have the opportunity to take such wonderful shots of "individuals" as you do!

beth said...

you and nature get along so amazingly well....lucky us !

Betty Manousos@ CUT and DRY said...

hi reena, i love all these cute critters and i really enjoyed reading your witty captions.

...and your view is soo beautiful.

gorgeous photos!!

i'm so envious!! lol!

big hugs.

Mark said...

Those shots.....just amazing.

Jennifer Richardson said...

happy greening to you
and all your delightful critters!
you do see them well:)
-Jennifer

Sharkbytes said...

I love the fluffed up goldfinch, but the woodpecker sitting flat on the wall is odd. Then of course, I'm always a sucker for Carmen and her family.

S. Etole said...

The squirrels are just nuts here. The poor birds don't have a chance.

Hilary said...

Wonderful critter shots. I love the walnut-totin' squirrel.

bill lisleman said...

The squirrel has the perfect pose for the March madness basketball final. Change the background to a basketball court and color the walnut the orange basketball color. I think it would be a big hit on pinterest.

ladyfi said...

It's been a cold and snowy weekend, but your lovely pictures have kept me warm...

Daryl Edelstein said...

the squirrel is a blog attention grabber but the lady woodpecker is my favorite .. sigh .. loved bird hunting in your backyard .. I posted a shot I took there .. I called it 'the one that got away' ;)

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I love all the changes the spring brings, and I think you have read Carmen Chipmunk's mind perfectly!

I do remember about the 'ugly duckling' with the sparrows last year--I wonder when it found out it was really a Cowbird?

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

These are always my favorite posts...with all of your critters! ♥

cristina munteanu said...

Outstanding photos! the squirrel is so cute...