5-1-2013 I can't believe it's been over a year since my last post. What a slacker - yeesh!! Ü All I can say is...get ready for Update-A-Palooza!!! I'm going to get caught up by posting all the photos from the last year or so first and will then go back and journal each entry later. Ü

Monday, July 11, 2011

Well Hello There Neighbor!

The west side of Austin is very hilly (that’s why they call it Texas “Hill Country” – duh!) and our neighborhood is full of furry & feathered friends.  I of course am fascinated by them all but really enjoy watching the whitetail deer (even though they eat my supposed deer-resistant flowers – grrrr! Ü)   

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They are literally out our front door…

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which of course sends Picabo into total freak-out mode.  I mean come on…don’t these deer know she OWNS this town??!

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  “I see you!  Don’t think I can’t see you deer!!”   Notice the bricks, logs, etc we have along the bottom of the fence.  They help keep our little homeland security director from escaping to the front & taking matters into her own, um, paws – hehe!  

Anyways!  Much to Picabo’s dismay, the deer ignore her & go about the business of finding food & water to survive.  Love is in the air…

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First comes love, then comes marriage – you know, “Deerly beloved, we’re gathered here today…” HAHAHA!  - then come the babies, but they don’t need no baby carriage

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It’s Bambi!

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As you can see the babies are so dang cute – I love their knobby little knees and white spots; they lose the spots around 6 months old.  Yes, I’ve read all about them…It is me after all Ü

Besides the deer, the neighborhood squirrels and birds also keep Picabo quite busy defending the homeland.  I was really excited to have a yard again and hung up my bird feeders as soon as we moved in.

Whenever you see a female cardinal…

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You know the male is near and on the lookout

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Now the squirrels don’t understand it’s a bird feeder…

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These suckers are an amazingly agile and creative bunch…like this guy here hanging upside-down eating!  What a nutball!

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I  enjoyed their antics for a few days, but one morning I noticed something plastic on the lawn and went to check it out.  It was pieces to the bird feeder!   

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Those dang squirrels had chewed thru the plastic to get the rest of the food out of the bottom

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Ungrateful little brats!  So here’s my new SQUIRREL-PROOF bird feeder…

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It not only has a metal cage around it so they can’t chew it, but it also has springs so when a heavier-than-a BIRD squirrel gets on it…

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it slides down & the leaves close over the holes!  Pretty clever if you ask me

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Now even though I don’t want the squirrels destroying another feeder, I felt kind of bad cutting them off.  When I said this to my sister Candace, she said “let me guess…the squirrels guilted you into getting them a feeder of their own.”  Of course she was totally right – Ü

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I think she laughed & called me a sucker - right again!  Looks like the birds decided that since the squirrels not only ate from but destroyed their original feeder, they have to share as well

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At least they’re nice and wait their turn

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Hmmm…kind of a weird way to eat…maybe they’re just using the squirrel’s feeder as a restroom.  You know what they say about payback baby, HAHA!

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1 comment:

Cause I said so... said...

Oh, I just love your neighbors! I am so jealous of your bambi babies. Tell Pecabo she can come to our house to escape all that nature. I promise there is none of that business...just a few pesky LOUD people. Miss your face!