Where there’s a will,
there’s a way.
The only real winter weather so far happened earlier this month. We knew in advance it was coming so we’d been tossing out additional squirrel and critter feed and keeping the feeders full. The animals always know when weather is on the way, you can tell when you see them out feeding in force a day or two before it arrives.
We still have virtually all the same birds coming around as this summer with the exception of the hummingbirds and goldfinches. We use mainly fruit and nut blends for the higher protein in our feeder seed and the songbirds and woodpeckers alike seem to like it.
I’m not sure if the bluebirds I saw were the same birds whose nest was robbed earlier this year, but they continue to stick around.
We continue to look out for the squirrels as well. We throw plenty of feed out on the ground for them but they still prefer to scurry up the bird feeder pole and snug tightly in under the roof of the feeder to snack on the seed there.
While stopping for lunch the other day, movement on a nearby tree caught my eye. This hollowed-out hole has been in this tree since we moved here last year. In strong storms last year, the top of this tree fell off just above the hole. We always figured this was one of the many discarded woodpecker holes in the woods. But lo and behold, someone climbed out.
This youngster was quite small compared to the adult squirrels we commonly see scampering about. I’d estimate this small squirrel was maybe 5-6 long. It wasn’t very sure of its footing and it never ventured more than a few inches from the entrance to the nest inside.
It made one quick climb to the top of the hole and then from one side of the tree trunk to the other, not sure of how brave it could safely be.
Not soon after it ventured out, it was time to head back in to the safety and warmth of the thick nest inside. No time was wasted in scrambling back indoors.
Only just barely could I make out a little gray head, peeking out from within. After the last look it took outside, it curled back up and was done for the day.