Friday, 5 May 2017

The Ongoing Bird-y Saga

It's beginning to seem that Fridays are bird posts just as surely as Mondays are poetry posts, here at Procrastinating Donkey's writing desk.

And by writing I mean typing, and by desk I mean computer table. Somehow typing-computer-table doesn't have the same ring as writing desk, though, does it?

Moving right along.

Our bird feeder has attracted the attention of a couple of very large crows, who are none too pleased with the fact that the feeder is hanging up. They much prefer to wrench it free and throw it on the ground, where they attack it with their pointy face-weapons.

I'd throw it on the ground out of sheer embarrassment, too, if I were a crow. trying to sit on top of that very small feeder. It looks a little like an adult sitting in a toddler-size chair. I haven't managed to get a picture yet because there is a very small window of time between the crows' arrival at the feeder and the throwing of the feeder to the ground; however, I shall persevere.

As if re-locating the feeder every day is not enough, the crows have also damaged it; the hook at the end of the chain has disappeared into the lawn, no doubt to be spit out by the lawnmower this summer. I just hope it doesn't hit anything important, like a person or a window.

This has been a busy week for me due to some health issues my mother is having. So I'll wrap this up with a picture borrowed from icanhas.cheezburger.com, and call it a day.





Have a good weekend, everyone. May all your hobbies be done in surroundings more comfy than a tree limb :)


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  1. I hope your mother's health issues can be resolved quickly.
    And I hear you on the feathered vandal front. Destructive so and so's. With charm.
    Love that bird watcher.

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    1. Thank you; I hope so too.

      Those bird beaks are powerful pieces of equipment, aren't they? But as you say, we are charmed anyway. They can't help the way nature wired them.

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  2. Birds have no pride when feeding. Although we have quite a few bird feeders in our yard, some Cardinals came on my deck to eat from the bowl of cat food that we put out for the feral cats, one of which was sleeping a few feet away. They ate her food and the lazy cat snoozed.

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    1. That must have been fun to watch!

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  3. The bigger birds can be a nuisance at the feeders. It's kind of you to continue to persevere. Hope you Mom is okay.

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    1. How many feeders does it take before everyone gets a chance to eat the handouts? :)

      I can tell that Mom is somewhat improved today (even though she can't see it!) - thanks.

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    1. Yeah - what better place to find a bird?

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  5. We have a few large, loud, crows who hang out in the tree across the fence, and I fear that if they're still around when the peaches get ripe, we won't get any. Oh well, it's the other neighbor's peach tree anyway, it just overhangs our yard and drops a few delicious peaches there.
    Hope your mom is OK and you get some rest this weekend.

    -Doug in Oakland

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    1. Your fear is probably well-founded :) I guess we all have to eat, eh?

      My mom seems to be improving - thanks!

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  6. I COULD VERY EASILY RANT ABOUT CROWS!

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    1. Haha! Years ago when my dad had several large gardens, he ranted quite a bit - the crows were smart and determined and had more time to get in trouble than he had time to prevent them from getting in trouble!

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  7. Hope your mom is better. Crows scare all the cute birds away.

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    1. Thanks, John - she's looking a bit better today. Yes, the crows are interesting but not what you'd call cute! I need to get my new feeder put out - the one that I got especially for the tiny birds.

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  8. It is hilarious watching big birds trying to sit on small feeders! Not the most graceful look :)

    I hope your mom's health issues are resolved. All the best to her.

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    1. And I think the birds know it looks silly ... or maybe it's just not comfortable :)

      Thanks - she's improving daily.

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  9. Hope your mom feels better soon.

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  10. crows try to rule and destruct ,will you believe that they don't let the sparrow come to my garden though i strive to have them on my neem tree .

    i fell sorry for your dear mother my friend and wish and pray that may she get speedy recovery and see long healthy life with you ,amen.

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    1. Thank you, baili - she is getting better now. I think she will be back to herself in a short while.

      I wouldn't mind having the big birds if they would just let the little birds hang around, too!

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  11. Argh -- crows. They're so big, they can be destructive without exactly meaning to be. And they're not the nicest birds either. (We have the same problem, plus mischievous magpies.) Hope your mom is doing better.

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    1. I didn't realize just how big they were until they came this close to the window. They don't look that big when I'm out walking! I'm getting an education.

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  12. Crows come to our fat ball feeders too. They sit on the branch above and reach down to peck away at the food supply. I don't mind at all. They need to eat - just like the smaller, cuter birds. I think crows are pretty intelligent and resourceful.

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    1. Everybody has to eat, yep. I like crows for the very reasons you stated. I just need to get my other feeder outside to reduce the competition.

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  13. "Pointy face-weapons" - love it! I wish I'd thought of it. :-)

    I hope your mom is doing better, and that you're finally over your coughing and wheezing. Take care!

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    1. Thanks, Diane!

      I'm sure by July we'll all be healthy again :) My mother is rarely sick and has never had confusion during illness before. She lives alone, so I was checking on her a lot to make sure she was okay. But she is improving steadily now - thanks.

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  14. Sorry to hear that your mom is not well. I hope she will get better soon. It's always worrying when an elderly parent is ill. On the other hand, your description of the crows and your bird feeder is hilarious!

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    1. Thanks, Nicky. She's a little better every day, so that's good. I'm glad you enjoyed the birds' shenanigans!

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