Our new outdoor entertainment system

We purchased a new outdoor “entertainment system” on the weekend and set it up the same day. Within a few hours we had some new brightly dressed friends come try it out and it’s been a party ever since!

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Of course free food can attract some unwanted guests! These annoying guests have become regulars, intimidating others, hogging the food, and generally making a mess!  We’re considering providing a different space to allow the smaller guests to eat in peace. The blur right behind this grackle is the woodpecker being bullied off his perch!

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Fortunately,  more aggressive party crashers find themselves unable to get through the doors; try as they might, they can’t catch a break! It’s amusing to watch them try though!

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We also have a few grazers at the buffet – they have figured out that if they stay right underneath the feeder they can benefit from the messy hogs (grackles) and get plenty of snacks food without doing any work.

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Perfectly located for viewing from kitchen and dining room windows, we have been enjoying this “nature channel”.  It’s become a lovely morning treat to watch the birds while getting ready to leave for the train ride to work. We couldn’t have a feeder in our old backyard as the pigeons would have been lured from across the road not to mention the 3 families of raccoons which were already a major problem.

Part of our future garden planning includes additions to the bird feeder, a fountain or mini pond of some sort, plantings for cut flowers and more than a couple raised beds with rabbit proofing, more on these projects soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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