Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Lunch at the feeder!

We have had birdfeeders in our front yard for the past 12 years. The feeder is in front of my living room window, where I can sit and watch the birds while I drink my morning coffee.  In the mornings, I can tell when it is really cold, the birds so not show up until the temp goes above zero.  
Since I feed the birds sunflower, I also have many squirrels that come to visit. I have tried many tricks to keep the squirrels off the feeders, the one that works the best is putting hot sauce all over the feeders.
This afternoon my dog started barking frantically, I knew by her bark that the hot sauce must have worn off, and the  squirrels were out there. I was sitting in another room, so I did not know for sure what the commotion was. But I figured from her bark that there must have been 2-3 of them feasting on my sunflower seeds.
When I went to the window, I saw the squirrels, at first only two- a black and a gray. Then, I spotted the third- an albino squirrel!  Last spring and fall I had thought I saw one in the woods, never could get close enough to get a good look.
Now, I’ve had my look!  I rushed to get my camera and get some pictures.  Not an easy feat with the dog barking all the while.  The dog could sense my excitement, no way was she going to settle down and be quite.
Here are some pictures I would like to share.  Please do not make copies, or send to others. Rather, link them to this page. Thanks!