Saturday, July 12, 2008
This picture of a mourning dove, a brown rat & a r@t b@$t@rd are from yesterday afternoon. The rat has gotten bolder--I watched her chase a female cardinal & a dove away from the seed before settling down to eat. Shortly after that, two, smaller rats came from the same area to also help themselves to birdseed. This is the first time we've seen what I'm assuming are mama rat's babies. Athough there are also local predators (snakes & whatnot,) the birds have more competition for seed now than they have since we started feeding them. I'm giving more thought to installing more rodent- & raccoon-proof feeders. I'll have to do some research, visit some local birding stores, for starters.