At one point this afternoon I counted seven black squirrels in our front yard and one squirrel shinnied down our hanging bird feeder three times in about as many minutes. That was it. Despite my total abhorrence to cold winter weather I headed outside and began gathering together a few things like another plastic garbage can lid, a small plastic bird feeder lid, some speaker wire, and a few metal clamps. I set up a couple ladders, took down the old hanging wire set-up, and spent nearly half an hour in our metal shed fumbling around with cold stiff fingers trying to get my new defense system tied together. Eventually, I had things sort of assembled and managed to even get it hung up with the bird feeder hanging on the bottom end. Well at least I got that part right. Will it work?? Not likely, but that's the way it is when one is dealing with an army of squirrels. And besides, I don't have a good track record when it comes to doing things like this. And as far as the Squirrels go, I've got nobody to blame but myself for those little antagonizers because I'm the guy who puts out corn every day to feed the pesky little devils. In fact, I saw a couple cars going by our place kinda slow today and when I looked closer, they were dropping squirrels off right at the end of our driveway. Well, at least I think they were.........
| ENOUGH IS ENOUGH|
| WORKING AWAY AT TRYING TO MAKE THINGS MORE DIFFICULT FOR SQUIRRELY|
| WELL IT DON'T LOOK PRETTY BUT THIS IS MY LATEST EFFORT IN MY ONGOING SQUIRREL WARS|
A jeep ride along a few country roads southeast of Bayfield for Pheebs and I this morning under cold gray skies. The only thing moving around were a few farmers out plowing under their previously harvested cornfields. I did see one combine with a load of corn on board so I guess there is still some last-minute corn harvesting going on.
| FOUR OF SEVEN SQUIRRELS IN THE YARD TODAY|
|PLOWING UNDER A RECENTLY HARVESTED CORNFIELD|
| DID YOU NOTICE THE FARMER WORKING ON HIS COMBINE|
|SOME OLD BARNS ARE NOT FARING AS WELL AS OTHERS|
| SOME RURAL GREEN AND RED CHRISTMAS COLORS IN THIS PHOTO |
Finished another book last week called Crises Convoy by Sir Peter Gretton. This is the story of Convoy HX231. A Turning Point in the Battle Of The Atlantic. This book is very detailed as to time, dates, and events, and is what I believe to be an accurate and detailed account from both the British and German sides in the war. It describes well the unending menace of the German U-Boats and the constant vigilance of the Merchant Marine and British Navy. I thought it was a good book.....I am currently reading Keepers Of The Garden by Delores Cannon. This book is a page-turner and I am enjoying it very much. It's tying up loose ends for me.
|MORE COUNTRY REDS AND GREENS|
|A FAMILY WALK DOWN TO BAYFIELD'S HARBOR|
| COLD WEATHER DOESN'T DETER THESE BAYFIELD POLE WALKERS|
| AND I ALWAYS GET A KICK OUT OF BAYFIELD'S OUTDOOR STAND UP COFFEE GUYS|
|'BRRRRRR' I JUST CAN'T IMAGINE A JOB LIKE THIS|
I hope this link works and if it does, turn your speakers up and your lights down and enjoy this short video from Monument Valley Arizona. the link didn't work Kelly and I have driven through Monument Valley half a dozen times over our RVing years. One time in our Jeep Wrangler we took a really rough road right down into the valley and you can see that day right here at Jeep Scramble In Monument Valley .
| I LIKE THE YELLOW DOOR|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Confucius Say::
Confucius Say: "Man who drive like hell bound to get there."
Confucius Say: "Man who live in glass house should change clothes in basement."
Confucius Say: "Women who put detergent on top shelf, jump for Joy!"
Confucius Say: "Never argue with fool...he may be doing the same thing."
Confucius Say: "Best time to buy new mattress, at first sign of spring."
Confucius Say: "Adults are just wrinkled kids who owe money."
Confucius Say: "An old grave digger is called an Elderberry."
Confucius Say: "People who have gift of gab, not know how to wrap it up."Confucius Say: "Time flies like arrow. Fruit flies like bananas."
Confucius Say: "A man who sits on tack gets point and will surely rise."
Whenever my wife uses the phrase, "I was thinking...That means I either have to move, build, paint, or buy something."
To maintain an open mind is extremely difficult but it is the only way to search for ultimate knowledge.
At least those squirrels keep you mentally active, coming up with new ways to defeat them!ReplyDelete
Monument Valley is indeed a wonderful place. I feel very fortunate to have been there a few times.ReplyDelete
Guess you didn't watch those squirrel vs man videos I sent, huh.
Oh Dear, your right Judith. I remember Kelly watching them and telling me to check them out. And I totally forgot. Thanks for reminding me and I will be sure to have a look at them tomorrow for sure.ReplyDelete
I think that setup is going to work I'm sure. We only have a couple squirrels so we just let them eat. Sure want to go to Utah one time before I get too old. Love those photos.ReplyDelete
Al, I live in Bayfield and this last few weeks, the squirrels have been going nuts on my feeders. Sometimes as many as ten at a time in my backyard! It's the time of year when other food is scarce. I normally allow them to raid one of the older feeders. Today I found that the little varmints had chewed right through four of the plastic ports on the feeder, meaning the seed just spills through and onto the ground below. A veritable feast, and the culprits invited all the neighbourhood squirrels over for lunch. The Squirrel Buster feeder from Porter's Hill is expensive but worth it, because, even if they climb on it, they can't access the seeds and eventually give up.ReplyDelete
I bet those squirrels have weekly meetings about tackling your bird feeders :-)) Glad to see you're giving them some real challenges! All that outdoor activity sure looks cold. We're having our first chilly and wet day today, 45 on our back porch with clouds and drizzles. Wish our fireplace was installed!ReplyDelete
What a great entry. I'll look for the book, and yes we've been down that road too.ReplyDelete