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The Raccoon Story in Rhyme By Mary J Williams © I like to tell stories                                                  And do it in rhyme The words don’t come easy I can’t do it all the time. Here is the story I am about to tell About a certain critter that has made me want to yell I bought a squirrel buster It’s a type of bird feeder I put yummy nuts in But this critter is a mind reader It seems he always knows When the nuts are filled to the top He comes in at night And to that feeder he hops His weight should be the thing That shuts that feeder down So, the critter can’t get in But he does, and he goes to town I haven’t figured out How he gets the nuts He uses his little fingers I think that’s how, but…. The other morning The critter was still there I let our dog, Lacy, out She started to chase, I swear My only fear at that time Was if Lacy got really close The coon would turn And the results would be really gross Thankfully the coon can climb Up and over the fence Leaving Lacy sta

Gardening Time but at Home

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 It's gardening time but no more big plots across the river. I just don't feel like I can do it on the large scale. Keeping up with my yard and having some veggies planted in the flower beds will be plenty.  The problem is, my yard has been let go for so long, mostly the sides and back, I have lots to keep me busy right here at home! The beginning is going on   Gardening at Home By Mary J Williams © I gave up the garden plots Over across the river All that work Just made me shiver Trying to do some planting But doing it at home Planting in the flower beds I just need some loam Almanac said 28, 29, or 30 To put the potatoes in the ground Didn’t know when the next time For planting would come around So, I dug and I dug Then got the tiller going Up and down the area A place for the growing I added some soil Don’t think it was the right kind But I used it anyway Getting done was on my mind Tilled that soil in A trench was then made Potatoes were put in And covered with my spade I

The Caterpillar and Me!

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 Yesterday I was busy getting a metal yard ornament ready to repaint as it is faded! It's a butterfly. So, what did I forget to bring down to the garage? A couple of small paintbrushes for the detail.  On to the next project, which was planting a few cabbage. Couldn't even get that done as I had to clean out the area first. Then interrupted myself and decided to clean out the corner where a lot of the plastic flower pots were, along with some of the tomato stakes, along with oak leaves covering a lot of it.  I then noticed there were more crocus coming up, then there were two days ago. I went upstairs to get my camera. One of my main objectives for a picture was to see if my hyacinth was coming up yet. I headed out the front door and down the sidewalk and stopped. There was a black blob in the middle of the road. That blob was moving. Oh, it's a woolly worm (that's what I have always called that caterpillar). I got my camera ready to take a picture and walked out into t

UNBELIEVABLE!

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Unbelievable  by Mary J Williams ©  I have a new feeder supposed to keep Starlings out If food falls to the side The Starlings are about   They fly to the feeder Scare the Bluebirds away They think they can get inside And don't want any other to stay   The little blue dish is filled with meal worms only this time it was a mix No Starling was my term I have other feeders suet are in two Starlings are at them Sloppy is how they do   The Starlings eat all the suet The Bluebirds sit underneath grab all the pieces the Starlings don't eat   This day I set up  that new special feeder so Bluebirds could have suet and meal worms and Starlings couldn't be there   Unbelievable, what did those Starlings did I guess they bounced on the top there were so many the dish popped out The food just didn't drop-   The dish fell to the side The Starlings reached in Finished off the food none for others, they said with a grin

Miserable Weather for Birds

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 Our weather, here in Central Missouri, has been frigid, as well as most of the Midwest, down into Texas.  I have been out on my deck filling the heated bird bath, filling the suet and seed for my feathered friends. Today, 30°F when I got up and it's starting to get warmer, I put out a new birdfeeder. A wire mesh and put a mixture of thistle seed with fine ground sunflower seed.  I will let you know if I get any birds on it. For the last 15-20 minutes, I stood at my back door and every time a starling flew in I would open the door and they would fly off. The bluebirds appreciate me! They get to eat without those bullies taking over the food!  When the bluebirds left, then I came in. Hopefully, they will be able to get in the birdfeeder that the starlings can't. The starlings see the bluebirds at that feeder and fly over and make sure the bluebirds leave. They can't get in the feeder but they have the attitude "if I can't have it, neither can you." New bluebird

Robins and Bluebirds

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 I love to feed the birds, but the European Starlings get on my nerves. They swarm in and eat all the food from the feeders I have on my deck. Of course, they bathe in the birdbath as I stated in the previous blog, which leaves another mess that I have to clean up!  On the 18th of January, I decided to put out some meal worms for the Eastern Bluebirds. I am giving you the proper names to the birds, so you know exactly what they are.  The bluebirds flew in and located the meal worms. I had four that came. One was a female the rest were male. I was watching from my kitchen window. The blasted starlings flew in and the bluebirds left. I wasn't having none of that. By this time I had taken a picture from the kitchen window and had camera in hand.  I went to the back door opened it up and opened the storm door about 8 inches.  The starlings flew off!  I waited a couple of minutes and one of the bluebirds came back. Then another showed up. I was still standing there in the open doorway.

The Cleanest Starlings In My City

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 I have watched birds for a long time. Not just the ones appreciated by everyone, like the Cardinal and the Chickadee, but all of the birds including the sparrows and the starlings. I am sure you know that the European Starling were brought to America in the 1890's.  I read that Shakespeare enthusiasts were responsible.  100 birds were set loose in New York's Central Park. Now we have over 200 million of them all over the states.  I bet you didn't know they were vocal mimics too. They can even copy the song of the American Robin and the Northern Flicker, both of these are also in my yard. So, now I wonder when I have heard that song, "could it be a starling instead?"  I have a heated birdbath on my deck. The birds really enjoy it! They drink and they bathe. I love it when they take a bath. So much action.  One day I took a video of the ever bathing starlings.  They didn't care if it was 18°F or 90°F, if they wanted a bath, they took a bath.  Yesterday, as I wa