November 30th 2013 5:36 pm
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Daddy has been working on both of momma's laptop computers trying to rid the virus they mysteriously contracted. The older HP computer is slower than normal because it is refusing to close one, or more, background programs, but he had to stop working on that one because he needs some necessary software disk and he isn't sure where that might be hiding at so that computer can't be used right now.
The newer and much faster Fijitsu computer has been restored, well sort of, as the built-in mouse pad isn't working, but that's okay because daddy bought momma a wireless mouse to use with the computer so all is not lost.
Anyhow, there is nothing much going on down our way right now so I thought I would do something different and write about the view from our bedroom window. As most of my pals know, we live in a steel building that daddy has put a lot of effort into converting into a house. In our nice bedroom we have a 4 foot by 7 foot window that looks out into the back of our property. About 20 feet away from our window is a clump of Juniper and pine trees. Because these trees are over 30 feet tall we can assume they have been growing for many, many years.
Momma has put out one large bird feeder, two suet baskets and two squirrel feeders for the local birds and critters to enjoy. This clump of trees, right outside our bedroom window, has become quite popular with the local residents.
We have a bunch of mid-size blue colored birds that hang out here all the time. The dark blue birds with navy or black Mohawks are very entertaining as they like to grab onto the suet baskets and swing around on them, twirling around as they snag some of the treats inside the baskets. Daddy thinks the blue birds with the Mohawks are males and the lighter colored blue birds without are females but who knows, neither human are bird experts and Coco and I haven't gotten close enough to any of them to see for ourselves.
There are also two different types of Woodpeckers that call this clump of trees their diner. There are some small ones that are about the size of a Sparrow and the larger, mid-sized ones, with different markings from the smaller ones, that run up and down the tree trunks and occasionally stop to peck at the bark on the trees. If you have never seen a Woodpecker run up and down a tree you are missing quite a show. It's amazing how they can cling onto the tree trunks and limbs to climb vertically on them. One of the smaller woodpeckers doesn't fly away when momma goes outside to re-fill the feeders, instead it hangs around to be the first to sample the days offerings.
There are also two HUGE crows that patrol the outer area of the clump of trees, hardly ever venturing into the actual inner area. These two crows stand proud and very erect as they march about and hunt for their own dinner without taking any of the seeds that are scattered about. Sometimes they will take a pretzel or piece of bread, but they are quick to return to the outer perimeter to continue with their marching while they eat whatever it is that they took.
Now if birds aren't your idea of entertainment, then maybe you would like to watch the chipmunks. It started out with one lone chipmunk but now we are at five. Yup, word has gotten out that there is a free cafe on our property and more have decided to come for a visit. Three of the chipmunks are believed to be family members and the other two “outsiders” as there have been some disagreements between them. The chipmunks clamber on top, or even climb inside, the feeders with squirrel food and stuff their little cheeks full, then they jump down and run off to stash their bounty someplace else on our property before returning for more.
There was a fat brown squirrel that had been coming by for breakfast, lunch and dinner but it disappeared. Sadly we don't know what happened to it but this is a very rural area with critters roaming about that would love to make a fat squirrel their dinner. We now have a different brown squirrel stopping by and also a dark gray squirrel. These squirrels are very different as they do not socialize together, in fact, they don't even look the same and I'm not referring to just the color. The brown squirrels have very small, round ears that are close to their head and their tails are about as long as it's body. Their tails lay flat on the ground thus making their bodies look longer than they actually are. The brown squirrels get along with everyone and don't fight for any of the food. It's like one big party with the birds, chipmunks and squirrels hanging out together. However, that all changes when the dark gray squirrel comes for food as it chases everything else off in it's quest to stake it's spot at the diner. This little squirrel is the same size as the brown on but has several differences besides it's personality. It's ears stand erect and look like little rabbit ears as they are much larger than the brown squirrel's ears and it's pretty, bushy tail is curved, which is held up against it's body not dragging against the ground. Momma has named this squirrel “Coco 2” because it hogs up the food – BOL, BOL. When momma ran out of squirrel food she thought they might like to have some Honey Nut Cheerios so she filled the feeders up with them but guess what, everyone at the diner refused to even taste one. The birds, chipmunks and squirrels rejected the offer - heck, who doesn't like Honey Nut Cheerios?
We have occasionally seen some rabbits and once or twice a jack rabbit coming by to see what all the commotion was about but they, like the crows, prefer to stay away from our cluster of trees.
Daily we watch the social gathering out at the trees and marvel at how different each visitor is. They have brought us some entertainment that we enjoy but momma has been complaining that they are costing a fortune to feed. The squirrels and chipmunks especially go through bags of food like there is no tomorrow, and maybe there isn't for some of them. They sit on or in the feeders stuffing their cheeks full and still want more. All feeders have to be filled early in the morning or late at night when the dirt once again freezes as the temperatures lower enough to set the mud back into solid masses (momma made the mistake of trying to fill the feeders later in the day and discovered mud and Crocks do not go together even those Crocks are made for gardening).
Aside from the Coyote that took a short cut through the back portion of our yard beyond our cluster of trees, we have not seen anything else: no deer, elks, bears, bobcats, mountains lions or other critters. We know they are out there, and have seen some behind our fence, but none at our trees. Maybe these other neighbors only come out during the night to scout for treats.
So, this is what we see when we look outside our bedroom window. I hope you enjoyed our narrative and are lucky enough to have a similar view outside your window.
Puff- sounds like plenty of entertainment outside your bedroom window. Now are those blue birds Bluejays???? Or are they a variety of bluebird?????? Do you have a bird book????????
They are pretty cheap and a dandy thing to have to study the birds.Sometimes we have bluejays and bluebirds during the growing season...they all Leave before it gets cold outside!
We have pelicans,they have their babies here and leave for coastal areas before cold. So do our bonapart gulls. We love the little tree clinger woodpeckers.... they sure can travel quickly up and down the trees. Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving....kisses,mazy
Mazy, we're not sure but think the blue birds are Bluejays but could be wrong. Momma looked at pictures of different birds on the internet but couldn't pick out what they were. It has been cold here and they are still hanging around along with the woodpeckers and some other smaller birds that also come for free food. We get pelicans in the Ramah lake which is about two miles away from us but as of yet, we haven't actually seen any.
Thanksgiving was wonderful and now we are getting ready for Christmas. Can't wait!!!!!
They sound like they may be Steller's Jays.... Blue Jays have blue mohawks or crests and white patterning on their shoulders.
But both males and females have crests... so maybe the other blue bird is maybe a Pinyon Jay....
Dat's our guess, anyways...
Sounds like you got lotsa good stuff to bark at. I just invent stuff sometimes. Or bark at Finn.
Who needs tv when you can look out your window and see interesting things like you do. Those do sound like Steller's Jays. I hope you enjoy barking at all the stuff that is outside your window!
If I wived at yur pwace, Puff, I wood be in big twubble fur barkin' ALL DA TIME at all dose cweachurs an' barmints whu hang 'wound outside yur window! WOW, dere r so much goin' on out dere! Fanks fur tellin' us all 'bout it, my fwiend!
Puffy, all those birds pale beside my CHICKIES!!! This morning they were mighty cold and a bit slow so I had a blast chasing them all around their pen. Mom is keeping them shut into the big pen cuz it is so cold so they are easier for me to chase!!
Well, pal, gotta go. Mom has a whole bag of food someone brought for the chickies. If I'm lucky they will shake some right out of their pen cuz they grab a big piece and shake it until it is small enough to eat. It flies EVERYWHERE and Crystal and I wait outside the fence to reap the rewards!!