Thursday, May 21, 2015

Here’s Thoughtfully Barkin’ at You (Squirrel Warning)



Hi Y’all!





Today I’m joining Thursday’s Barks and Bytes Blog Hop hosted by 2 Brown Dawgs and Heart Like a Dog.




I’m also linkin’ up with Ruckus the Eskie and Love is Being Owned by a Husky in Thoughtless Thursday. 




Parade of Fitness brought this remark from:


Frankie Furter and Ernie  

“We had some of those SUDDENLY SUMMER ... Hot days too..... No fun to play when it is THAT hot. RIGHT?”



Right!  Above I’m askin’ myself “do I really want to pick this up?”.




Sepia Saturday’s Summer in the South…




Janet Keefe asked… 

“I love when you have some of the same birds down there as we have up here! That looks like the larger Hairy woodpecker, do you have the smaller Downy ones too?
Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets”



The bill didn’t quite look right for the Hairy.  I’m not sure which he is.  Downy Woodpeckers are everywhere in the U.S. Hairy Woodpeckers are in much of the U.S. with a couple of exceptions which includes part of Texas.


Since we’re in the southeast, both are common here.

We also have red headed woodpeckers, red bellied, pileated and flickers as well as sapsuckers.




Monday Mischief titled Mischief Thursday prompted this question…





There was lots of curiosity about the diet the cardinal Love Birds were eating.




NC Sue asked… 

“What are you feeding these guys? They look like they're having a feast! I've never seen a feeder like this. Did you make it yourself or find it for sale? I find it intriguing.
Thanks for linking up at These are great shots!”




Oz theTerrier had the same query…

“Oh Hawk, we just LOVE cardinals!!! We are curious...what are you feeding them? We have a wonderful little pair in the backyard and would love to put something out for them.




I’m feeding them orange halves and melon seeds from my Humans’ breakfast.




MyDog Likes  wonders…

“What a cool feeder! Do the squirrels stay out of it!?”



Whether or not the squirrels have access depends on the pole you use to hang your feeder and where you locate it. I suggest using a raccoon baffle, not a squirrel baffle. Also, keeping it away from overhanging branches or shrubs helps. 




We don’t put the feeder in the open because of the raptors that feast on squirrels and rabbits.  Until the last couple of years, we’ve had no squirrels or rabbits.



My Human ordered the feeder from a catalog before my time. It was to feed the orioles. You put fruit on the one side and, if you’re trying to attract orioles, mulberries or blueberry jelly works great.






Y’all come on back now!












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  1. do you think with this fabulous food and a perfect feeder some of that Cardinals find the way to my crib too? Probably not, huh? But it's sad that they don't live in France :o)
    #easy rider

  2. Oh my dog are you sneaky! How could you put squirrels in the middle of a bird post. I almost wrecked the computer when I saw them! I like that very first photo of you!

  3. Spring is a great time of year for birds! We're getting our fair share in just our back yard, but we see herons around town. Plenty of cardinals and mockingbirds in my back yard, and too many sparrows and starlings to count.

  4. Thanks for joining the blog hop Hawk! Great photos. Last night Hubby saw a Hummingbird near our window and I was lucky enough to see one on a morning walk. As for the woodpeckers, we hear them but rarely see them.

  5. You look great Hawk! I've been missing my pals because we haven't been visiting much lately. Love Dolly

  6. We have many of the same birds here. My hummingbirds are mad at me right now because they are out of food. Any bird food that we leave out will be devoured by our renegade squirrels! Thanks for joining me and my co-hosts for Thoughtless Thursday!

  7. We have the exact same woodpeckers up at our cabin. I just love watching them. That is a neat feeder. We have eagles and hawks up there, but they don't come around too often so the squirrels make out OK. It is harder for the bunnies with the coyotes and owls. Thanks for joining the hop.

  8. Oh I just love seeing all the different birds come out in the Spring!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  9. What a great follow up, all the bird photos were just beautiful.