Saturday, May 31, 2014

Conflicts of Interest

Outside my studio window, hanging from a tall pole, is a bird feeder, 
with baffles above it to repel squirrels, and a lid that twists to close. 
When the red squirrels found a way to get by the baffles and twist the lid open, 
we added bungee cords to thwart them, and it worked. 

For a while.

What we didn't anticipate was the new crop of acrobatic gray squirrels 
who are still small enough to squeeze their way through the bars and get at the bird's sunflower seeds.
 One of these days, just like Winnie the Pooh, they're going to eat too much to get out. 
They haven't damaged anything yet, and they are so cute 
that I haven't mentioned it to the hunter in the house. 

Mum's the word.

I suppose there will always be small conflicts of interest when sharing space with another species.
  Frogs make use of the flower pots...

..and deer make themselves comfortable nearby, eating the day lilies and roses. 
Though we like to think of them all as our animals near our house, 
they may well think of us as their humans living in their woods.  

After all, their ancestors were on this hilltop long before the house was built.

The creatures are usually content to stay outside, 
but we've had snakes, a hummingbird, lizards, and frogs in the house, and even a chipmunk.

I awoke one morning to see a chipmunk within arm's reach at the side of the bed. I inhaled sharply and for a split second, we froze, starring at each other. When I bravely held my ground, he catapulted across the room and tucked into a the underside of a cabinet. It was impossible to tell how he squeezed in there, let alone get him out. So we waited.

By bedtime, concerned about the chipmunk's welfare, I put a little water in the bottom of the Jucuzzi along with a few sunflower seed sprouts.  The next morning, most of the sprouts were gone, and what remained was a big mess. I should have set out napkins.

It was dinner time the next day before we saw little creature again, dashing across the kitchen floor. We opened all the doors and backed out of sight.  We're pretty sure he made it out, because that was years ago, and he hasn't been seen inside since.

Just to be on the safe side, we've changed all our locks.

Linking with Saturday's Critters


carol l mckenna said...

Lots of sweet critters in your beautiful series of photos ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ xoxo

artmusedog and carol (A Creative Harbor)

Adam Jones said...

Super shots of all the animals.

TexWisGirl said...

just stinking adorable! we've had snakes, birds, toads, frogs, mice, lots of spiders, bugs and scorpions, inside, but never a chippy. we don't see them here. :)

Ela said...

What lovely photos and so beautiful squirrel :)))

Brian King said...

Sneaky little suckers! Great shot of the fawn and the chipmunk made me laugh!

Mersad said...

These are exceptional shots, filled with so much cuteness and beauty!!

Mersad Donko Photography

Sharon said...

Lovely, Connie... just so cute!
You are blessed to have the view of God's delightful creatures at your doorstep.
Just last night we were chasing a frog that got in our home... well, at 1 o'clock this morning! He's now safe outside in the cool dirt. :)

eileeninmd said...

Funny, changing your locks to keep the chippers out.. Love all your critters, even the cute little frog in the pot.. Awesome series of photos. Thank you for linking up with my critter party. Have a happy weekend!

Gunilla Bäck said...

They're all cute, but the chipmunk is my favorite.

Anonymous said...

Such wonderful shots of all the adorable critters you share space with!

Margaret Adamson said...

What a wonderful series of critter shots in this post. I love them all. Did you follow me across the bridge today? Were you brave enough? Have a wonderful weekend.

Willow said...

How adorable ~ simply gorgeous shots !
I love that you put a few drops of water and seeds in the Jacuzzi .

Felicia said...

love your post. those rascally squirrels are too smart for their own good. that fawn is precious. loved your chipmunk story. we had one in our house too but that's cuz the cat brought it in still alive but dazed so we didn't have as much trouble getting it back outside.

Karen said...

What a delightful post! It had me laughing until tears rolled down my cheeks. Such sweet shots!

Sandra said...

I love this post and your stories about all the animals: that cheeky squirrel, the adorable fawn nibbling on your plants. Aw! What about that chipmunk, such a fun story! The photos are just beautiful as they always are. Have a wonderful Sunday.

S. Etole said...

I had a mama bear and her 3 cubs on the side of the deck a couple of nights ago. Wildlife provides so much entertainment. Your little fawn is so cute.

Lisa Gordon said...

I've never "met" a bird feeder that a squirrel could not get into. What great photos you got of him, Connie!

This is a really wonderful post. Thank you for the smiles! xo.

Robyn Goddard said...

Neat set of animal pictures. Seeing a frog in my flower pot would startle me, then I would have to grab my camera, lol. I really like the picture of the fawn.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Chipmunk are adorable.. Beautiful pics.. Congrats..

Jennifer Richardson said...

Connie, you're amazing:)
I love the way you choose
contentment, sharing the space
with the critters who, you're so right, ran freely in our spaces
long before we arrived.
Your heart is as beautiful as
the visual music it pours.
I LOVE the book you sent....Night Song. You are a true artist.
It lifts and lights my heart.
Thanks for the beauty of your
life shining bright:)

Anonymous said...

Adorable little critter!

Meg Evans said...

What lovely photos -- and yes, the critters always find a way to get in! I discovered your blog just today, and am enjoying the lighthearted posts and the gorgeous wildlife. :)