Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Suet Wars

Naughty Raccoon Raiding Suet Feeder    

Baby Squirrel on the Suet Feeder

This is getting to be expensive.  Every night the raccoon takes $1.75 worth of suet from the feeder.  Every day, the blackbirds eat a whole cake, amid much chasing by moi.  Another $1.25.  That's three dollars a day times 30--eek!  This is becoming expensive. 

We will try the suet cakes with hot pepper to determine if the mammals don't like it.  For the blackbirds, we may stop using the suet cakes with seed and just use plain old suet.  Last night something took down two suet feeders.  One with suet , one empty.  The poor baby woodpeckers are having a hard time.  A bluejay tried to chase the baby red squirrel, whom I do not really begrudge his portion.  I begrudge the big squirrels, raccoons and blackbirds big time.

Why doesn't one of those damn bigs hawks carry off a squirrel of a jay?  Every year it's a battle.  In the meantime, the American Goldfinches are draining the thistle seed.  That's O.K.  There are territorial battles and the males don't get along at all.  As usual, the women and children do. 

The garden is water-logged from all the rain and the thyme looks sad.  Too much agua. 

I prepared a fine dinner tonight--broccoli quiche, homemade herb bread, grapefruit and avocado salad, and now the guests blew a tire and will be late, late, late.  Yeast bread waits for no man.  Oh yes, there's also fresh blueberry bread and berries for dessert.  We'll eat it whenever.  And enjoy it.  Just like those #*!!*% raccoons. 


Ann O'Dyne said...

oh poor guests - strung-out before they arrive. the dinner sounds delicious though.

those cute critters just see The Suet Battle as life's normal grind.
You will get your reward in heaven.

Ann O'Dyne said...

have you seen this -
Writers And Kitties
Where literature has whiskers and pointy ears.

Grapeshot/Odette said...

Amazingly, we had suet this morning and the woodpeckers were feeding their babies. Baby Squirrel was back, too, but he doesn't hang around for hours like the blackbirds. Dinner was good. Bread not worth the trouble, but the avocado and grapefruit salad is a keeper!

Grapeshot/Odette said...

Writers and Kitties--great photos. Adolf Hitler, Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar all hated cats. I think cats are too independent-minded for dictators.

I understand Sarah Palin also has an irrational fear of them. Maybe just a rumor.

My tortoise cat (fat) Thisbe comes to let me know it's time for her insulin shot. Who knew?