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Saturday, July 12, 2008

New Yard Babies

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.

14 comments:

Travis said...

Nasty rats.

Charles Gramlich said...

Actually, the rats are kind of cute, and at least they don't get up on the stumps.

Erik Donald France said...

Go, rat, go!

laughingwolf said...

rat bastards are not tolerable to me... and while the real ones are highly intelligent, i have no use for them, either... both make excellent snake/gator food! ;)

the birds are great, though

g'luck trying to outsmart those critters, lana....

Crayons said...

Gross.

I'm glad the mourning dove stood her ground. They are the most beautiful.

Marvin said...

I'm not criticizing and/or disagreeing with anything that's been said, but when you step back and think about it: Isn't it strange how we have our favorites and villains among nature's creatures -- and that many of those preferences are cultural?

Lana Gramlich said...

Marvin; You've got a point. Personally I don't mind our rat visitors at all. At least they're not in my house & they're certainly not as voracious as the r@t b@$t@rd squirrels. Besides, this being the Chinese "Year of the Rat," I consider them a symbol of fortune. :)

Shauna Roberts said...

Good luck keeping the squirrels away. I've met pet rats that were quite nice, although I've never had one myself.

Erik Donald France said...

Yes, a salute to the Year of the Rat~

laughingwolf said...

my younger daughter turned 24, so yes, she's a rat... but mostly a good'un ;) lol

Larry said...

We've got much nicer squirrels in CT. If you'd like I could send you some free of charge!

Lana Gramlich said...

larry; P'shaw! There's no such THING as "nicer squirrels!" The only "nice" ones are the ones that live hundreds of miles away from my backyard! *L*

Theresa H. Hall said...

There is the possibility that if they are unable to share in the birdseed, that they might eat the birds. I feed birds at the far end of my backyard and I have actually seen dead bodies of birds. There are falcons every once in a while, that I chase away, but if there isn't enough seed, I have witnessed starlings attacking sparrows and pecking them to death. It is horrifying and very sad to me. There are also moles that reside right in this area. As a result, I have doubled the bird seed and as of late, haven't come upon any more victims. The photos are rustic and very well done. You have a good eye.

Lana Gramlich said...

theresa; Thank you!
Birds can be very vicious for a wide variety of reasons, even within a single family. When I used to raise game birds with my ex, we had to keep a keen eye on all new chicks, as they might attack one another & once they drew blood, they wouldn't stop until their victim was dead (they'd actually all gang up on one bird, if necessary.)
Out back here, however, there's never a shortage of birdseed. We even throw out a little extra for "dinner" before it gets dark. Of course, where there are lots of fat, happy, little birds, there are also hawks & whatnot, but that's the circle of life, after all.

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