Monday, March 04, 2013

We have a lot of visitors

We have a lot of visitors at our house. They usually arrive just after daylight and sit patiently in the front yard waiting for us to arise.

I probably should explain that we live in a modified A-Frame with windows that reach from floor upwards 14 feet to the ceiling in our great room which makes it easy to see our visitors coming. 

I always get up first to start the coffee and sit on the couch to check my email and scan the morning news. 

As I yawn through my inbox, deleting junk mail and sorting the things that need a reply, I can see our visitors through the windows. Dixie and Rebel, two bulldogs that belong to our neighbors across the street, are the first visitors of the day. 

Dixie is the female and she looks like the dog in “The Little Rascals,” if you’re old enough to remember that iconic show.

The dogs are not that interested in me, but the moment they hear Jilda’s feet touch the floor, they get excited.

When she comes into the great room, even before she takes a sip of coffee, she reaches into a box of doggy treats we keep on the buffet, opens the door and tosses the dogs a morning treat. They take their booty and scurry back across the road to their house.

After the dogs leave, the yard becomes animated with doves, wrens and redbirds. There are three kinds of woodpeckers that come to feed on the suet we keep on the feeders. One is not much bigger than a sparrow; one is about the size of a blue jay, and the other is a wood hen. When she drops out of the top of a pine to get some suet, the other birds scatter like mice when the cat shows up.

Depending upon what time of year it is, we have other birds as well. Right now we have yellow and purple finches that are in a feeding frenzy on the feeder just outside our window.

Once when our great niece Breeze visited us, it was feeding time. Not only was the yard full of birds, but also a half dozen squirrels showed up to munch on corn we leave out for the critters. Breeze said, “This looks like a fairytale.”

We haven’t seen much of the deer since hunting season, but they visit every night. We can tell because the birdbath is often empty and the bottoms of the bird feeders are as clean as if they’d gone through the dishwasher.

This summer I plan to do some landscaping in the front yard and add some more feeders, bird baths, and a stone bench so that we can sit outside when the weather’s nice.

Some people point out that keeping feed in the feeders, corn for squirrels, and treats for dogs that aren’t ours is expensive. It’s hard to argue with that, but Jilda and I both have vocations that involve a great deal of creative work. 

If watching nature puts us into a frame of mind that fosters creativity, then I consider the money well spent. Plus, we love our daily visitors.


  1. We are suckers, too, for feeding everything. I even feed the It is cheap entertainment, if you ask me. I love the story about Jilda and the dogs. How funny! They certainly have her number. We filled the feeders today because we have another snow storm blowing in tonight. I am beginning to think winter will never end here- Blessings- xo Diana

  2. I used to try to chase the squirrels away from my bird feeder, but one day my daughter, who was in elementary school at the time, said, "Squirrels gotta eat, too, Dad." I couldn't argue with that.

  3. Visitors from nature are the best visitors indeed. I loved the paragraph about the birds - I love watching the birds as they visit my back yard - especially hummingbirds and woodpeckers!

  4. Breeze is such a lovely name!! Yay for your wonderful daily visitors!! Take care

  5. Now I am very curious about all those colourfull birds flying around!! There is something about watching birds..

  6. How nice to have guests. We rarely see birds because Jacksonville has so many feral cats. They are here because Jacksonville has so many ugly rats. Rats are not nice guests.


  7. I love love love the visual. One day I will have floor to ceiling windows and room for visitors, too.

    Breakfast After 10

  8. We'd give up something else but not bird seed. My husband runs a Hilton hotel here for the birds and squirrels and they reward us with their antics. Some of them even come sit on the window ledges and look in at us when it's past their feeding time. Good for you! Keep it up!


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