I'd like to introduce you to one of my furry little critters. He is enjoying some breakfast by himself at the moment, usually he has two buddies with him.
I'm sure you have noticed my fancy dancy squirrel and bird feeders. These came about in my quest to recycle items I am no longer using for their intended purpose. Two years in a row I attempted to have pretty flowers in these baskets while they were on the front of the porch. Two years in a row I committed murder on said flowers.
I have fed the birds from a bird feeder hanging on the tree, along with some suet blocks. I always seem to have more birds than my feeder can handle, so I started scattering feed on the ground also. While looking at my flower killing baskets, I thought to myself, why not move these to the side and put feed in them also? Sure, I have to sweep my porch everyday to remove the empty shells and bird droppings...but I am quite happy to do it since it means I get a front row seat to watching the wonderful wildlife.
I have mainly squirrels, Sparrows and Starlings, which is fine with me. I know many people scoot them away, but they are God's creatures and need to be fed also. Occasionally I am graced with a Redheaded woodpecker, a couple of Cardinals and a Blue jay. One afternoon I actually had a hawk in my front yard! I absolutely adore hawks. However, I was worried it would go after my other critters, so I must tell you, I was a bit relieved when it left.
My furry and feathered friends have brought much joy not only to me, but also to the children I care for. They get excited and let me know which birds are eating. At any given time, I can grab a cup of hot tea and sit in my front window and watch them.
If you don't already have one, I recommend you put a bird feeder in your yard and watch your own wild life. However, if you start feeding, you MUST continue through the winter. These critters have found a source of food and if you take it away, then they must go hungry until they are able to find another source.
If you will excuse me now, I have a furry little friend eating and looking at the house. I think he is waiting for me to show up in the window.