Top 4 Types of Visitors
It’s Top List Tuesday and today’s list is focused on the four types of visitors I had today!
So here’s my list for today…
I am blessed to have a good relationship with my in-laws, who live in the next town, only about 10 minutes away. My mom-in-law is still working, in order to supplement her meager social security income, doing cleaning at various facilities. These include places like large offices and country clubs. This means she has to work overnight hours when these places are closed, so she sleeps during the day.
This summer has been especially busy, with golf tournaments and other events, so we haven’t seen much of her all summer. She stopped by at the beginning of the summer, when our garden was just started. She called and asked if she could stop by this morning to drop off some things she wanted us to have, and to see the garden (which I blogged about here, if you’re interested). When she saw it, she was amazed at the transformation, especially some of our towering sunflowers (the tallest is about 12 feet tall!) I gave her some fresh veggies and she gave me this beautiful pillow she made. This is one of the things we have in common, is our love for sewing and crafting.
One of the things we enjoy about our rural location is the the abundance of wildlife we have visiting our yard. (Of course, this is also part of the reason why our fur babies are INDOOR cats and dogs, to keep everyone safe!) We have a stream that runs across the far end of the back yard, and we have a lake maybe a quarter to half mile away on the other side of road. We often have ducks, geese, and even blue herons occasionally “drop by” on their flight path to and from the lake. We have seen deer at the stream. We have also seen ground hogs, raccoons, turtles, turkeys, pheasants, and other critters at different times.
Of course, because we have bird feeders out, we also get the smaller furry critters like chipmunks, and red and gray squirrels, trying to eat all the bird seed. We have started putting out “critter” feeders as well, at a distance, to try to entice them away from the bird feeders. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it does NOT.
For awhile, we were only getting chipmunks and red squirrels, but over the weekend, an entire clan of big gray squirrels showed up — about 6 or 7 all at one time! Apparently somebody spread the word that there was food available! Every time they show up, it gets all the dogs barking. Good times.
Our bird feeders have attracted quite a variety of feathered friends. It may also be due to the location of trees and wooded area, as well as the garden. We have seen goldfinches, house finches, cardinals, chickadees, at least two types of nuthatches, tufted titmouse (titmice? why anyone named a bird THAT, I don’t know!), woodpeckers, mourning doves, robins, various types of sparrows, hummingbirds, rose-breasted grosbeaks, bluejays, and probably more I can’t recall at the moment.
And Feathered Nuisances
And then we have had not so friendly feathered visitors in the form of grackles! Must have been about 20 or more, a few different times today, squawking and disrupting everybody, and scavenging birdseed. They scare away all the smaller birds, which is upsetting. They are truly nuisances, yet also are unique in appearance with their blue heads!
Closeup of one, from Wikipedia.
Yes, I have a LOT going on – and I do feel THIS way sometimes!
So what about YOU?
What has been on the schedule for your Tuesday? Do you make lists to help keep you on task?
Do you have bird feeders that often get overrun with critters and grackles or crows?