There are little bandits in my garden. Very smart and now very plump bandits. One of the many bird feeders in my garden is this small metal mesh ball that is intended for peanuts for nuthatches, woodpeckers and the like.
Most certainly not intended for creatures with fur and four legs. But their tenacity finally won over. Somehow they managed to remove the top and hide it from me so I can’t replace it. A perfect situation for going in head first and eating to one’s heart’s content. Under normal use, this is what the Peanut Ball is for.
But NO..the squirrels have their own idea. First staging themselves on top of the stand, they begin their dive head first into peanut heaven.
Of course, if they could fit their little fat bodies totally into the ball, I think they would.
They weren’t the only visitors in the manor’s garden today. This beautiful Sharp Shinned Hawk made a rare appearance. I’ve only seen him three times in the garden this year. Of course, I had to capture this image through the window. As soon as I tried to slink out a door, he flew off.
I loved seeing him though, and hope to see him back soon.
It’s New Year’s Eve, and after a full day of exercising, riding horses, then coming home and cooking and drinking champagne. I’m a bit worn out. Hope you’re out celebrating and celebrating big.
May we all have a fabulous new year, and may 2014 bring more good luck and fortune than 2013 did.