Thursday, October 30, 2008

New birdfeeder

Larry and I visit a nursing home every Sunday where I take Communion to the Catholic residents. One lady, Madeline, is 97 and feisty as can be. She is pretty much bedridden. Larry wanted to put up a birdfeeder outside her window and we bought a nice one, but when we got to the nursing home with it they said no. The maintenance man thinks the seed attracts mice to the building and they come in through the heating vents. Hey, mice will find a way in if they want. But our good deed will have to wait until Spring when we'll put up a hummingbird feeder. For now I have replaced my old feeder with a new squirrel-proof feeder. When the squirrel jumps on his weight closes all the doors. He hasn't given up and I hope to get a video of one of his acrobatic acts. In the meantime here are a few photos of the old and the new. I love my little birds! I'm mostly getting chickadees, tufted titmice, and nuthatches. Although the video below is a house finch. The goldfinches (who are brown for the winter) are coming as well. The perches may be too small for the cardinals. I hope the downy woodpecker can use them because they are one of my favorite birds. We'll see over time. Happy bird watching!

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