Since the squirrels and chipmunks have been dining along side the birds in our yard my bird watching adventures have also been getting expensive. There are a lot of squirrels and they are always hungry. Ron was on one of many trips to Home Depot where he saw a pole and baffle for bird feeders. It showed a photo of a feeder similar to ours, which we refer to as the chalet. He purchased it, assembled it and after filling it with seed and two suet cakes, we waited to see how the squirrels and chipmunks would outsmart us. It has been more than twenty-four hours and although they have both tried, there have been no rodent visits to the chalet. This morning the squirrel attempted to climb the pole, but was unsuccessful after sliding down to the ground. Chipmunks have been scurrying around, but have also not gained access to the bird buffet.
These animals are resourceful and I still imagine they will find a way to get what they want. The bird food aisle actually had corn and squirrel food for sale. I don’t think I need to encourage them. There is more than enough for them to eat in the woods. The birds probably don’t need the food as much during the warmer months, but I do like attracting them to the yard for our viewing pleasure.
It’s been a few days since I worked on any art, so today I decided to do another collage. This one features a bird house on a pole. Not exactly a match for my chalet on a pole, but close enough. The flowers in the collage are in no way similar to the flowers growing in our yard. Most of our blooms are weeds, but they are pretty and better than no flowers at all. Our lilac bush did bloom and the clematis are traveling up an arbor we bought to direct them away from the garage. A potted tomato plant (which will probably produce only two tomatoes) sits on table by the back door. Five geraniums have been planted in small pots in the sun room. They are in the wicker planter I bought not long ago. The grass seed in the back yard has started to grow and the astilbe bulbs are up and spreading out in the raised rock garden. Maybe it won’t be long before our yard is as colorful as my collage.