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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Feeder & Last Night's Dream; Cheating & Dream Group

I was with someone else who'd found a way to cheat or steal from a room upstairs in a building. Eventually we were noticed, however, so we had to stop before we got in trouble. Later I was invited to join a weekly dream discussion group. According to the driving directions it was 14 miles away. Although I was interested in joining, 28 miles was a little too far to go. Considering that I lived near a small park, I thought that maybe I could start my own meeting in that area.

Considering how far out in the country we live, it's typically a 10 mile drive to get anywhere from here, so 14 miles wouldn't actually be "too far" in real life. I had thought about starting some kind of dream discussion group in the past, but (as previously mentioned,) most Southern Louisianians are notably flighty at best, so I'm not going to bother.

The picture is from this past October. The nocturnal critters here had destroyed every feeder I ever put up except this one, which has lasted about a year. Unfortunately I found it on the ground this morning, empty, the metal rings that maintain it's shape drastically bent. I've managed to straighten out the damage to a certain point, but I doubt it's going to keep the squirrels out anymore & now that the raccoons (presumably,) know how to get it down & open it up, I'm afraid it might be the end of an era for this feeder, too. This is particularly disappointing as so many of my little birds used this feeder first & foremost.

15 comments:

david mcmahon said...

Hope it's not the end of an era for the feeder.

Steve Malley said...

We got a wee birdfeeder for Christmas this year, but it's indoors at the moment while we try to figure out how to keep it from becoming a cat-delicatessen....

Miladysa said...

Squirrels can get into anything can't they! We have them in our garden too - no racoons though :(

Sidney said...

We've had nice luck with a metal feeder that the squirrels can't gnaw to get larger openings to steal the seeds.

Lana Gramlich said...

After further manipulations, I've managed to restore the feeder to almost perfect shape. As a result, the squirrels will continue to be deterred (although the raccoons will not.) I'll be putting it up again this coming morning. We'll see how it goes.

David; As impractical as it is, I may end up just having to bring this feeder indoors every night. At least until I finagle a working baffle on the pole.

Steve; We've chased away the occassional cat (& even dogs at times,) but they don't tend to come during daylight, at least.

Miladysa; Actually squirrels have never gotten into this feeder (& hopefully my repairs will continue to ensure at least that.) Had I not been able to restore the correct shaping of the top metal wire, there would have been gaping holes under the lid where they could have reached right in & helped themselves. Considering that most of the seed here is scattered either on the ground or on undefended tree stumps, there's little I'm going to be able to do to stop them, anyway, unless I quit my job & sit out there with a BB gun. I really don't mind them taking SOME seeds, but they tend to come in packs & take everything they can. My attempts to be more Zen & accepting continue to falter.

Sidney; I've had some successes with my share of squirrel proof feeders. Unfortunately none of them are raccoon proof, so therein lies the root of the real problem. The raccoons don't bother the feeders much so long as we throw out scraps for them (steak bones from dinner, etc., etc.,) but lately we've been eating leftovers, so there hasn't been much to give them (thus the attack on the sunflower feeder.)

Marvin said...

One of the feeders we use is just like yours. That's the one we like best. Fortunately, our raccoons are more wild and seldom risk venturing near the house.

Christina said...

A dream group would be interesting. For the last couple of nights I've had dreams that have woken me in cold sweats, which don't happen very often because of my love for dark fantasy. I tend to wake up from most nightmares with a pen and paper, but these last couple of ones made me not want to go back to sleep. I'm sorry to hear about your bird feeder. The most damage our's gets is me walking into it because I'm not watching where I'm going. I think I've gotten more bruises than the feeder.

Miladysa said...

lol @ Iana's comment :)

Susan Miller said...

Your dream recall is stunning, and I must admit to being a bit flighty like those Louisianians when it comes to remembering or taking note of what happens when my body is in the resting state. Kudos to you on this. It is very interesting.

In regards to the feeder, all I know to say is raccoons make for very formidable foes. Good luck with it.

Oh yeah, I love the blog, Lana.

Birdfreak said...

I don't know much about dreams, but the study of them is intensely interesting! Are there forums for this online or online groups?

After long days of birding, it is quite common to have dreams where you feel like you are still out there birding. It is a strange feeling indeed.

Lana Gramlich said...

Marvin; It really is a great feeder. I know we've caused our own problem with the raccoons by throwing our scraps out for them, but being an animal lover (except for the squirrels,) I can't throw food scraps in the garbage. There's a little voice in my head that says, "There are starving gazelles in Africa..."

Christina; Wow...You've got me uber-intrigued about the nightmares now. I hope they let up enough to let you sleep again! I remember a nightmare I had about 20 years ago (that ended up almost playing out to a "T" in real life one day.) I woke up gasping, my heart pounding. I was convinced that had I not woken when I did, I probably would have had a heart attack.

Miladysa; Around the house here I actually tend to refer to squirrels as "rat bastards." They are starting to fear the sound of our patio door sliding open, but they'll always be back, too.

Susan; Thank you!
Actually the flightiness I mention has more to do with people agreeing to come out (for whatever reason,) & then not only not showing up, but not even letting me know. I've wasted quite a bit of time, energy & money on such things in the past. In one instance, after discussing this problem with members of my Yahoo drum group, I rec'd multiple assurances that if I did set up a date & time for people to come jam that they'd be there. When I did, however, & I drove 50 miles to go meet them, no one showed up...again. Since this happens 99.999% of the time, I'm just done.

Birdfreak; There are plenty of online groups, but there are problems inherent with online groups too, of course. Better than nothing, I guess.
I haven't had a dream yet in which I was specifically bird watching, although birds do play a prominent part in dreams now & again.

Julie said...

...have you tried suspending feeders from a fine steel line - or can racs climb and dismantle that?

Lana Gramlich said...

Update; The rehung feeder has survived the 1st night back outside (possibly because sufficient dinner scraps & etc. leftovers were supplied for the raccoons, not to mention the rain.)

Julie; Although that may work it opens up new issues. I have chronic balance problems due to an untreatable virus that took up residence in my ear years ago. I can't look up without getting stumbly, so getting up on a ladder (to hang & constantly refill feeders,) isn't the safest idea for me. I'm considering possible ways to baffle the pole. That should take care of the problem.

battery said...

a good read.

Lana Gramlich said...

battery; Thank you. I still have that feeder, fyi, although we have to bring it indoors every night.

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