Sunflower seed heist and colorful visitors

Posted 7/21/21

Sunflower seed heist and colorful visitors

To the editor:

The big box meant to hold 20 pounds of black oil seed stands empty due to a ravaging raccoon who somehow climbs up and empties it. He …

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Sunflower seed heist and colorful visitors

Posted

To the editor:

The big box meant to hold 20 pounds of black oil seed stands empty due to a ravaging raccoon who somehow climbs up and empties it. He must be big and fat as he was able to haul a large Havahart trap to a new location and escape. 

So my bird watching is reduced to seeing Red Winged Blackbirds trying to eat suet cakes while upside down in the company of English Sparrows. Colorful Baltimore and Orchard Orioles and their wives and young are feeding all day on the grape jelly holder and Catbirds sneak in so I have to fill it twice a day. Neighbors compare prices on grape jelly outlets and a friend buys me a week’s supply. We also need to know where suet cakes are the cheapest as they have to be replaced every day. 

So here we are almost a month into summer with day lilies and flowers of all kinds blooming  and an occasional Monarch to delight us. I am hoping to find or be given a Monarch egg or tiny larva which I will feed with fresh leaves and watch it make a chrysalis which will become transparent with a view of a folded up butterfly inside. Always a miracle!

Sidney Tynan

Westport

 

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