Sunday, May 2, 2010

Squirrels and cats and birds - oh my!


Ah ha!  Caught in the act.
We roped our bird feeder shut so the squirrels wouldn't open the door and take the granola bars out, but they are ok with that.

That's why our squirrels look like this.

My wonderful cats enjoy the spring smells and sounds (from the safety of the window ledge).


I've become rather obsessed with photographing the birds that happen by our bird feeders (that's what happens when I spend so much time sitting by the window writing).  Any idea what this little guy is?  We've had a few beautiful cardinals, what we believe was a blue jay, and even a woodpecker once, as well as all kinds of birds that I can't identify.

Enjoy the beautiful spring day today :)


15 comments:

Niki* said...

*gasp* I LOVE SQUIRRELS!!!

nihrida said...

Awwww...cute little thingies =)

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Jessica said...

Cute little critters! :)

Rebecca said...

As a UK citizen I am obliged to be Anti-Grey Squirrel! They steal the habitat of our native Red Squirrel which is endangered now :(
Your squirrels are so funny though, what a chubster!
Your cats look so contemplative.

Beata said...

What a fatty squirrel!

Brooke said...

Rebecca, that is so interesting - I had never heard about that. Does the Red Squirrel look like the Grey Squirrel, only red? We have black squirrels around here (especially the closer you get to Washington DC) and they are so beautiful. I'm a huge squirrel lover myself, and as far as I know, here in MD the only thing the Grey Squirrels are doing is stealing bird seed :)

ch3rryco1a said...

My grandparents have the same problem with squirrels and their bird feeder. Also, love the cats!

Rebecca said...

Brooke: yep basically they looks similar except they are a bit smaller, red and have a bushier tail and ear tufts!
Here's one: http://ciuk.files.wordpress.com/2007/08/red_squirrel-ray_eye.jpg

So cute!!

Caroline said...

The bird is a rose breasted grosbeak-they're beautiful, but a transient! May stop once or twice, then you never see them for months.

Brooke said...

Thanks ch3rrycola :D My grandparents have the same problem with squirrels too! They have constructed some very interesting squirrel-resistant bird feeders actually.

Rebecca - the Red Squirrel is quite a cutie - I can see why you guys are protecting it!! LOVE the adorable ear tufts and bushy tail! I've never seen one of those here in the US; I wonder if we have any?

Caroline - ah ha! I knew someone would be able to identify our visitor - THANK YOU!! So I guess the one I photographed is a male, since the females tend to be brown. Very interesting! Glad I grabbed my camera and got a picture of him! Thanks :D

Kelsey said...

Aww cute cute cute I wish we would get some squirrels over here! The cats are really enjoying the weather :) I, on the other hand, would prefer weather about 10 degrees cooler (I'm not ready for long sleeve season to end eek!!!)

Bunny Masseuse said...

That is a beautiful grosbeak, I was thinking it was SIMILAR to juncos or some type of black capped finch, but I never saw many of the grosbeak's in MD, mostly the others (more woodpeckers, bobolinks, wrens, etc).

KarenD said...

Squirrels can be so clever when it comes to food! After ours stole a whole suet cake from the feeder, I used wire ties to hold it shut, only to find the hinge on the other side broken and the suet cake gone the next morning. Now I tie both sides closed; so far so good. :-)

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