I enjoy feeding and watching the birds and other critters any time of the year, but it is especially satisfying to watch them in the winter and know that I am helping to make their survival a bit easier. This weekend we have had the privilege of sharing the hill with a fox, two opossums, several raccoons, a skunk, a couple of squirrels, and about ten different birds. They seem to be checking out the food supply and making plans for the cold weather!
I spent the weekend shopping, wrapping, writing cards, and packing boxes. In between wrapping and writing I gravitated to the windows to watch the critters. I am so happy I captured the squirrel doing his acrobatic act! He always has to explore the bird feeders, even though he has his own corn feeder.
The fox heard my pleas and arrived a little earlier last night. I was able to capture a photo that at least proves he exists! And I was fascinated by the fact that he ate just five feet from the opossum without a confrontation.
Later on there was a close encounter between the skunk and one of the raccoons. The skunk raised its tail, but didn’t spray. The raccoon moved to within three feet of the skunk, and the skunk ran off to the woods!
I know there are other critters hiding in the woods and trying to decide if they should venture out to eat. We welcome any of them if they behave themselves! I now have suet, corn, sunflower seeds, mixed seeds, dog food, and raisins out for them. Later I will add a few oranges and apples. We’ll see who shows up.
Probably not an exciting post, but at least you understand why I don’t watch more television.