I missed Squirrel Appreciation Day! I don't know how that happened. Consider this my Squirrel Appreciation post. They definitely are spoiled around our house.
We received a bit of snow yesterday and they were waiting for me out in the backyard for peanuts. I complied!
In looking up a title for today's post I came across "I Like Birds" The video from the song by The Eels is on YouTube. Rather strange song but I was reading about the story behind it. The lead singer's Mom died from lung cancer in 1998. She was an avid birder so when she passed away he brought all her feeders and birding books to his home. He set up the feeders and read the books and found he liked birds too. So the song is a tribute to his Mom.
You may remember my Dad was an avid birder too. I do think about my Dad as I am filling my feeders. We had a large backyard at home growing up. About one third of it was vegetable gardens, another third flower gardens and the rest was lawn. We had two huge catalpa trees in the lawn section. From one of the branches hung a large wooden bird feeder. In our basement in a barrel my Dad kept the bird seed. Every morning he filled up a jug with seed and went outside to fill the feeder. Often I would do it too. When my Dad became ill my Mum continued to fill the feeders. The feeder was probably 20 feet from the dining room window where we had a perfect view of it while we were eating. My Dad and I spent many happy hours watching and identifying the various birds visiting the feeder.
Look who popped in for a visit! Snowball. Chuck wasn't home so she had to make do with me. She eat quite a bit and I tried to clean her face up but she wasn't too happy with that. In the photo it looks like I am holding her down, I'm not. I was scratching behind her ears. She stayed for 15 minutes or so and then was on her way.
She toddled off through the snow to visit someone else I imagine.
It was so strange Tuesday to stand outside while it was snowing and hear a Robin chirping.