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The Lattice Eating Squirrel!

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I was at the kitchen window, when I looked out because of seeing some movement! Sitting on the lattice that helps to shade the deck, was a squirrel with something in it's paws. I couldn't tell if it was a male or female, but I'm saying a male. I tried to make out what he was holding. I swore it looked like a piece of lattice. Now, why on earth would a squirrel be carrying around a piece of the lattice?   I went in the other room to grab my camera, hoping the squirrel would still be there so I could zoom in and see just what the heck he had. I got back to the kitchen window, and there he was still sitting there with his, "ZOOM IN", piece of lattice! Took a picture, then zoomed in a little closer and, yes, definitely a piece of lattice.  Then he started chewing on it!  Good Grief!  I don't know if he ate it or if he was just sharpening his teeth! Either one is really a question in my mind! If anyone has an idea leave in the comments.  This is the first picture 

Critter, and I say Raccoon

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My Critters on the Deck By Mary J Williams © Critter, and I say Raccoon, comes to the deck, only the hot suet in the holders you see, but that raccoon is going to eat by heck. He grabs on to the holder that is hanging by a hook holds on to the board and eats, come and look! Great big chunk taken out of the thing but I don't think he liked the taste It's "hot" suet, it should kind of sting I think he got mad He didn't eat it all Jumped to the deck but he didn't fall Checking things out He thinks he smells more So, grabs on the flower box and it falls to the deck floor Dirt is all over everywhere That I have to put back Guess I have to take that suet in so, maybe he can't snack Hopefully the flower box won't be pulled down again I won't have morning clean up I can have my coffee then! I really think the raccoon did this Look at the imprints in the suet. Pretty sure made by a raccoon. the "Hot Pepper" suet didn't seem to deter it at all 

A Good Birding Day!

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 Okay, I saw lots of birds but if I don't get a picture, I don't consider it a "good" birding day! However, I should have waited, but then, I was up at 4 a.m. and I was already getting tired by 8 a.m.  When you get old, that's what happens sometimes. I took a tour of my yard trying to see if the Crepe Myrtle was dead or just slow. Well, some may be dead and some is just slow. I am going to wait as new leaves are sprouting out daily. Then trim out the dead branches, if any! The green Japanese Maple in the front yard had a lot of frost damage and I was hoping it would start sprouting out new leaves. It has and that makes me happy!  I found a couple of plants that I am really not sure of. I ran my app on my phone called "Picture This". So far it's been pretty accurate but there is a question in my mind as to what the plant is and what they say it is. I know confusing, but where do these plants come from? The birds are most likely the culprit. The app sa

Almost a Good Birding Day!

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  I thought I was going to have the best birding morning ever but the birds were not real co-operative. First, I walked out on my deck with a paper towel full of crushed eggshells. I put them in the 1/2 whiskey barrel and the doves fly in and others also nibble on the shells. As I was putting the shells in the barrel, I looked up and not 2 foot away from me was a Pine Siskin sitting on the bird feeder looking at me. I talked really softly (I can do that on occasion! I'm not always loud!) to s/he for at least a couple of minutes. I then attempted to put my glasses down off the top of my head to try and see the markings better. The little booger flew off then! Oh well, I had a nice conversation. I went back in the house and was washing my hands off at the kitchen sink, looked out and the Pileated Woodpecker was on the suet. Well, a mad dash to the back room to grab the camera, turned it on and aimed and he flew off! Bummer! Then a Baltimore Oriole flew in. I managed to get one p

After seeing My First Baltimore Oriole, I got Sappy!

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I Love This Time of Year By Mary J Williams © There is nothing better than Spring When in winter all the plants die But they come to life again That’s when I heave a sigh! The flowers come Up out of the earth When the sun shines To give them birth The dormant trees some flower first some the leaves just tend to burst Lots of trees Like the maples and oaks Send down their seeds Millions, and this is no joke But there are daffodils and tulips And the May Apples too Columbine and lilacs After April they still aren’t through! More flowers in May Time for planting gardens Who doesn’t love Spring? Oh, here comes the Purple Martin Time for the nesting Of birds everywhere Seeing birds of migration Some have such flare I love the Spring I love the flowers I love the birds I will watch for hours! First Wild Geranium Bloom

A Critter Poem This Morning

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A Critter in the Night By Mary J Williams © What was that critter That came in the night? Up on the deck Much to its delight! Looking for a special morsel To stuff in his face Surely there is something To eat in this place Smelling something good It’s up there on that board grab onto this to help me up Then the food up there I will hoard Holy cow, this thing is loose The container is falling down Crash! I feel like a clown Only some dried-up oranges Nothing more do I see That noise might bring people It’s now time to flee Leaving the planter With soil all over the deck I better take caution And not come back, by heck! What I saw this morning Where the planter is supposed to be    The broken up birdbath water feature that was in the planter Soil back in planter, deck washed off bird feature in the trash and it's not even 7 a.m. 

Warning! Do Not Buy This Plant, EVER!

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 Many years ago, probably around 20 years + or - a couple, hubby and I redid the whole area on the right side of our yard. Had to have a tree removed and we put in our walk way with a form that you filled with concrete. This is a picture of a portion of the walkway we built. I purchased this really cool plant from Lowe's. That's another lesson. The plant was Lysimachia ciliata 'Firecracker'. The first year it was fine. The second year I was digging out so many plants that scattered all over this area. Random plants everywhere. The third year, I thought I had better dig that stuff up. I dug it up for the next 4-5 years. Haven't had any since, until today! I was going to put in some Natives, four of them. I knew I had to clean out the are first. When I walked down the walk and looked over, I almost fainted! There, in the middle, just below the pond, was this plant. Rain? Someone else growing it? Birds? Just buried and with all the rain and weird weather, it found a ho