Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Four Musketeers ...

I couldn't believe my eyes yesterday when I looked out the breakfast room window and saw, not one, not two, not three, but FOUR rats with tails eating at the bird feeders with reckless abandon.

Can you hang upside down by your toenails and eat? He can!
Those little claws are clenched around the tiniest of ledges around this feeder, but Mr. Bushy Tail doesn't seem to mind.
This is a big ceramic tea cup and Weasel-lips here has squished his plump little body right down in it so he can root around in the seeds until he's about to burst. And the little roof will keep him dry if it rains!

(Not much chance of that around here!)

And here's the panoramic view of most of the feeders (there are a few others that won't fit into the shot). But these are the ones that get the most traffic and make the dogs go nuts ~~ jumping up on the breakfast room windowsill to get just a little closer at those varmits.

Maybe instead of participating in bird watch day, I should make up a squirrel watch day where nature lovers count these critters instead!

16 comments:

Carol said...

Oh, yes, a squirrel watch day. Now that would be fun. So far, not many of these bushy-tailed rats visit my garden. Not enough tall trees, yet. But I'm sure they will find me soon enough.

You have to admit, they are fun to watch.

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

Diana said...

Carol - They are fun to watch, and (fingers crossed) they only tear up the bird feeders at my house, which is ok. At my Mom's they EAT the cushions on her patio furniture! Repeatedly! Now THAT would piss me off!!!

getgrounded said...

I love the names of your strange looking birds. How nice and plump and shiny they are, from the high quality food they are obviously dining upon. Perhaps you just need to make them some attachable wings?

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Set the dogs loose on them. Keep them from becoming too comfortable at the feeders. When we dogsit our friends little rat terrier/jack russle mix dog he keeps the squirrels at bay. When he leaves they are noticably apparent at the feeders again. I wish Luna (our dog) would keep them dispersed. She knows she can't catch them so she doesn't bother chasing them unless they stay on the feeders when she goes out. Such is the difference of dogs.

Diana said...

GetGrounded -- Hahaha. Yeah - and they'd be related to the fat doves that stuff themselves out there all the time, too!

Lisa - oh, how I wish I could. This is in the unfenced part of our yard and Tanner would surely take off for New York or LA if I did that. Not sure what Dakota would do, she may be smart enough to know that she lives at the doggie-Ritz. On the other hand, it would be fun to watch Tanner try to climb trees :-)

Janet said...

Diana, having three dogs I can attest to the fact that they are useless in the squirrel arena. Newton chases them, sits at the bottom of a tree they are in, but they keep coming back. It is a big game.

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

Believe it or not, there is an actual squirrel counting survey around here. My husband asked if I wanted to participate (he was joking). I had 4 of the bushy-tailed pigs in the garden this morning. I've given up on bird feeders; the poor birds never get a chance at it. Very entertaining though.

Diana said...

MMD -- They are terrible pigs, aren't they? Where do they put all that food? The birds still get plenty to eat, and I am an equal opportunity soup kitchen as you know. What I'd like to do is count them as I reload the BB gun! (Just kidding!)

Lancashire rose said...

If I had bird feeders like that it really would be rats!! The hispid cotton rat variety. Maybe I should then they wouldn't chew through my drip system.

Diana said...

Lancashire Rose -- well, then I guess I am glad I have the ones with the fluffy tails instead!

Gail said...

Diana, The squirrels seem especially obnoxious right now! Is it mating season or what! I have seen them be more aggressive in the last week then all winter...gail

Diana said...

Gail --- Hmmm -- I hadn't thought about that. Maybe is Super Squirrel Testosterone week or something...I've never had this many at once.

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

Our two pups (they are 4 yrs old this month--but big babies) take their job of squirrel patrol very seriously! All I have to do is say: Squirrel, and they are out the door. It's pretty fun to watch on a slow day--heck anytime! Hee,hee!

Diana said...

Morning Glories in RR - I take it your pups don't trample plants in beds under the trees or you wouldn't find that too amusing! Most of our oak trees and squirrels are outside the fence so the dogs only peek at them through the breakfast room window - which drives them crazy!

Lori said...

You know, if you search "squirrel obstacle course" on YouTube, you find that a lot of people have a lot of time (and squirrels) on their hands: http://tinyurl.com/2hh3df

On the other hand, I wouldn't mind squirrels eating from my feeder if they really had to work hard for it, and entertain me at the same time!

Diana said...

Janet -- Sorry I missed your squirrel comment -- I know - how come my dog digs everything I plant OUT of the ground, instead of helping me dig holes to plant things INTO?!! Crazy no-help dogs!

Lori - I'll have to check that out. You're right - they do entertain me -- I have to laugh every time I see them hanging upside down to get to the feeders! And I figure if they work that hard for it, they earned it!