My Squirrel Food Is For The Birds

My Back Porch

All pictures were taken 01-10-10 and 01-11-10.
All pictures were taken 01-10-10 and 01-11-10.

Skippy, Squiggy, Squeaky, Squirmy, Squeamish, and Horatio

In our last episode with Skippy and Squiggy we saw them in marital bliss. They moved into a penthouse right over my deck. Squiggy gave birth to four of the cutest rodents you've ever seen. I was not invited to the circumcisions, baptisms, or any other isms. As a matter of fact they've been a little snooty to me. I realize that they are rodents and are raised with no sense of etiquette or decorum. But, they have been eating sunflower seeds, acorns, pecans, peanuts, etc. that I have put out for them for over a year now. They acknowledge nothing. If I try to take a photo of them or the children they run like I was going fry them up for dinner.

Look- Squiggy is eating food that I have supplied, but she is eying me, perched on the gate, ready to scramble away to safety. "I get no respect."

So I put more and more food out and hoped that the birds would be more friendly.

But birds, too, are a wary lot as well. There was apprehension and curiosity with this Cardinal.

This Cardinal was curious but would not come within "shooting" distance.

This TuftedTitmouse seems to be trusting with its back to me. No way. Check out that left eye looking back.

Nobody wants their picture taken. They all scurry, jump, or fly at the slightest movement from me.

This Cardinal seems to be a sentinel for others.

This may be a House Finch. It never comes inside though. It may be an Outhouse Finch.

Here's a common scene with everyone dining and enjoying each others company. Not only am I not welcome but I have to photograph them from behind one and sometimes two glass doors.

Some birds frighten others away. These seem to be playing well together.

Yep- this is Horatio munching and pretending that nuts grow on trees.

These two just turn their backs to me and act as though I don't exist.

Here's Squeaky. The kids have grown up so fast (with the help of my gifts of food).

This may be a White-throated Sparrow or Golden-Crowned Kinglet.

The bird ignoring me on the left is a Wren. The bird on the right may be an Ovenbird.

Another block party!

These two Cardinals seemed to have an eye for each other.

The Cardinal thinks the Wren is eating too much.

Here's a male Purple Finch.

Here are some Cardinals lurking. They will watch the deck railing as if the seeds will appear by magic. When I open the door to put food out, they will fly away in terror. It may take a half hour and more to trust the food and surrounding area. They haven't figured out that I can't fly.

Lurking for food. Very often there will be thirty Cardinals on the deck. There will be 30 or 50 more in the yard scavenging for food.

Here is a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Also in the winter here I have seen Pileated Woodpeckers, and many Downy Woodpeckers.

You can tell that this is a Red-bellied Woodpecker because of its white belly.

Squeamish is keeping a watchful eye.

I thought the winter might be the leanest time for squirrels but "searching info" I came to know that the spring may be the worst. Seeds are turning into buds or plants or rotting.

I love the colors of the Purple Finch.

Squirmy is as cautious as the rest.

That's a big pecan for a small bird!

Crows will lurk until I walk out. They may stay a while and then all leave together. I can't afford to feed the crows too. I hate to discriminate. They're so large.

Beautiful Doves.

Birds of a feather flock together. Each species seem to come and go all at once, together. These Blue Jays come as a group. I saw a dozen hanging out together.

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Timothy Donnelly 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Wow. It looks like you live next to paradise. Nice to see this kind of Hub. There's some rhubarb near my place, but mostly just suburbia.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Bud. I live in Hillsborough, NC next to Durham. Small town. I do live in a nice, but small house with many trees. I have to post some deer footage from the yard soon. Thanks for stopping by.


Brynda 6 years ago

Love it. I want to read it all, but it's hard to keep up! Glad to know I can come back here and find your writings.

You're good.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Brenda. I've been sick with a cold (or something)for a few days. Be careful, whoever is reading this as I think I caught it through my computer and the internet. I have had no personal, face to face contact with anyone! But there were many pictures. I had chills, headache. I did rush through this after a while as I was very uncomfortable. It may have come out differently had I been well. If you read this reply- go take some vitamin C and cold/flu remedies right away.


Jane 6 years ago

I'm glad to see you're still productive even when you're not feeling well! Very nice. I miss you and your beautiful back porch. Wish I could watch the squirrels and birds with you. Enjoy and get well soon. Thank you for sharing it all with us so well. It is wonderful to see and hear about.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Oh my dear, without you here, it's just a place, without a face.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

Very nice pics Micky, and thanks for the update about Squiggy and Skippy, and what a story to tell and make your day, feeding them, birds are really wary at times they imitate humans too, Have a good day and I hope you well,Maita


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thanks for stopping by. It's always nice that you do. I do hope you are well too.


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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

Catching a cold through the Internet.............hmmmmmm...better be careful, I guess. Ha! Love your photos and backdrop of where you live and get to enjoy nature each day. You are fortunate to have such beauty surrounding you.


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

I am fortunate for this and friends like you. Thank you Peggy W. You are so fine. Thank you.


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frogyfish 6 years ago from Central United States of America

Beautiful yard viewing with fantastic 'animals'!

I am thrilled to know you have so many cardinals there - they are one of my favorite birds. And I did not know that spring was the hardest food-finding time. Now I will continue putting out seed/fruit for the squirrels then. But I think bluejays are mean birds. One fought and chased away a multiple-returning mockingbird that lived in my tree for several years. And I saw a bluejay kill baby birds once...that did it. The videos were fantastic - except I hope someone helped watch out for that poor sotted one!

Thanks for sharing beautiful pictures and words!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey there Frogyfish. It is really neat to see you here. I was thinking that Blue Jays could be mean or maybe like crows. They're big. That squirrel is in rehab now. thank you so much!


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MFB III 6 years ago from United States

I found a baby squirrel which had fallen from its nest, when I was a boy. I took it home and raised it with the help of my science teacher, which mainly consisted of me

soaking bits of bread in milk for it, and then later spending a large part of my day, gathering acorns so that the squirrel which I named Timothy could eat. He loved mirrors, he would sit in front of a mirror and chatter away at his image. We released him into a park when he was about two years old, and I never saw him again. After reading your article, I now realize that i could have much more easily fed him by simply parking his furry little butt next to all of my nieghbors bird food stations.....LOL~~~MFB III


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Ain't that the truth. They're eating my food right now. AND they're so unappreciative!


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

OMG....you live in an enchanted forest!! I am so horribly jealous! now...i have a VERY large back yard with wonderful trees and now I feel like my yard is pathetic in comparison! Love this hub! I'm linking to my squirrel hub!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

I'll be hooking you up too Herbivorehippi! Thank you Ma'am!


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Michael Shane 6 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

These are awesome photos! Great Hub & thanks for serving our country well.......


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Thank you Michael. Happy trails!


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callmefoxxy 6 years ago

Gee Micky Dee, your backyard looks strangely a lot like mine... are you sure you don't live next door to me??? I never knew a red-belly woodpecker had a white belly? No wonder I could never spot one. ahhhh go figure, you learn something EVERY day, lol.

callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Hey Foxxy Girl! I'll do another hub soon I hope about the "wild-life" of MD. You know I love you and your work!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Micky I laughed hard on this - I don't know how much bird feed has been stolen by the damn squirrels in our back yard - and I have tried more than my share of hanging gadgets to stop them!


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Micky Dee 6 years ago Author

Yo Billyaustindillon Dude! Billy- just adopt them. Try to love them. It's my experience that if you love something in the "right way" "they" disappear! Thank you Sir!


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Joy56 4 years ago

those photos are just beauiful. So there is so much more to you than riding a bike.... thanks for sharing.

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