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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Waving the White Flag & LND; Game & Seagulls

I was with M.H., who’d convinced me to play a complicated game with her. It involved drawing cards & going to various locations in town. Later I saw 2 gulls in our yard. One of them was black-backed. Someone said something about the land around here being too acidic for them. They also said something about certain birds that were particularly sensitive to strong magnetic fields.

The picture is of our bird feeding area, except that the little feeder in the background (hanging on the far left,) was taken away & destroyed a few nights ago. At least it was a cheapie.
I officially give up trying to keep the raccoon or opossum (whatever it is,) out of the sunflower feeder (on the baffled pole.) We've spent over $50 now in the attempt, only to be ever-foiled-again. I'm done. I'm beyond done. We'll just bring that feeder inside every night.
You can see the damage done to the main stump by our local woodpeckers (just in the past couple of months.) It's almost hollow now. At this rate I doubt it'll be standing much longer.


Michelle's Spell said...

Hey beautiful,

Sorry I've been MIA -- spring break has hit and life is good but hectic! I love your scotch story. And I'm in the sun this week so I'm closer to your picture than usual.

Billy said...

I really used to enjoy feeding the birds here, but the strip malls have cut down on the cardinals, jays, and finches. Slidell was an official bird sanctuary. The zoning laws have a strange way of showing it.

Demon Hunter said...

Sorry about your feeder, Lana. All kinds of things come out at night. There's no telling what caused the damage. I live in the country too---it's a hassle sometimes. :*)

Travis Erwin said...

I love to float along in the creek by my house and hear the hallow sound of a busy woodpecker.

Julie at Virtual Voyage said...

Sounds like a battle zone! Suppose throwing food out for the racks at night would only attract more rather than distract them from the feeders?

I've never thought of having feeders here,- we have a large wild area of garden which attracts them, and get a fair number of species without really trying.

oldmanlincoln said...

I can tell you from years of experience that raccoons will not come around if there is nothing to eat. So you can solve that problem by taking feed in at night just about dark.

The woodpeckers do their thing. And there is not much to do about that except learn to read their drumming sounds. It is not only interesting but very clever.

I love what I get but I don't have raccoons anymore and that's because they don't come around in the daytime. If they did I would have to stop feeding until they left.

I welcome the rest of the birds.

Travis said...

Dang raccoons. The other night I heard than Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summit dislocated her shoulder while running a raccoon off her porch.

They said the raccoon was threatening her small dog, and she gave it a forearm shiver and knocked her shoulder out!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; No problem, hon! Hope you're having a great time. :)

Billy; I hear you. They're going to be rezoning Abita Springs shortly, too. Say goodbye to more longleaf pines, I'm sure. :(

DH; I've narrowed the culprit down to either a raccoon or an opossum & I don't mind sharing with them, but I can't afford 2lbs of sunflower seeds a night, y'know? The sunflower feeder somehow survived untouched for a year, anyway. C'est la living, as you say!

Travis E.; We've had almost every kind of woodpecker here, but the red-bellieds are the most common. They were the first birds that started coming down for our seeds, actually. Love 'em.

Julie; Throwing food out for the critters is probably what initiated the sunflower feeder problem, actually. They didn't bother it for a year, but now they won't leave it alone. We'll just have to bring it in & out every day.
We don't really have any wild garden out here--just the woods all around. I love giving something back, though. Even if it's "just" birdseed.

Lincoln; We've actually had raccoons come in broad daylight. They're very gutsy here. I'm just not going to spend anymore $ on the efforts. Bringing the feeder in & out is a small hassle, but at least it's free. As for the woodpeckers, I don't mind them pulverizing the tree stump at all. I'm glad I didn't pay the guy who felled the tree to do it! ;) Looking forward to all of the impending chicks. Especially now that I have video!

Travis; Woah! At least our raccoons will run off if we open the door!

Chris said...

Too bad your raccoon or opossum won :(
What a pain to have to bring in the feeder every night!

Charles Gramlich said...

I like seeing the racoons but they really are destroying our feeders.

Miladysa said...

It must be wonderful to have such visitors in your garden - taking the feeder in should work.

Fingers crossed :-D

Billy said...

The vote has been cast!

Lana Gramlich said...

Arrrrgh! Blogger ate my last comment. Trying again...

Chris; Yeah, it's a hassle for sure. <:(

Charles; They're starting to work their way into the "rat bastard" category, regardless of my efforts to fight it.

Miladysa; It's the only thing that's worked so far, it's just a hassle.

Billy; Danke shoen. ;)

Ello said...

I have to say that it is amazing to me that you have that kind of wildlife and nature in your backyard. How wonderful!

Marvin said...

A raccoon has recently started cleaning out our feeders. Since he and I are both nocturnal, I've caught him in the act a couple of times. I was able to track him in last week's snow as he went from one feeder to another. Then, he headed up the road for about a half mile before veering off into the woods in the general direction of a neighbors place. His walk up the road appeared very purposeful to me, just straight up the road with no snooping along the edges, as if he had a specific destination in mind. I wonder if he has a circuit of bird feeders he hits every night?

Britta Coleman said...

We're completely into the bird feeding thing, but as we're in the cookie-cutter suburbs we have nowhere near your wildlife. Is it wrong to be jealous that you've got raccoons and opossums?

Lana Gramlich said...

Ello; I love it, too, really. Better than suburbia!

Marvin; Charles recently went back in the woods & found the raccoon/opossum trail to our house. Evidently it's a pretty major thoroughfare & we're a main stop, if not the final destination!

Britta; Remember that raccoons & opossums are a 2-edged sword. They're neat to have around, but they have the potential to tear your garbage open, eat your birdseed & more. I miss the grey fox that came out our first few nights here (being a shy creature, he's long since retreated deeper into the forest.) Once we got to see him interact w/a couple of baby raccoons. He was slightly alarmed, but tolerant. It was very cute to watch!

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