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Mealworms and Suet

It’s that time again,  the animals are building nest and having babies 🙂  I keep a small amount of mealworms (dried) and suet available to the parents.  If you have ever watched a feeding parent you know,  that poor bird looks all ruffled and the kids keep exploring away from her so she finds food and then has to find them ugh…It is truly amazing to me all the things an animal does in a day.  My chipmunks and douglas squirrels go back and forth everyday stashing their food.

Its hot out here so putting suet (beef rendered) will melt fast if not in the shade.  I have tried a couple of tricks especially in really hot weather.  You can keep them in the freezer. I take mine out in the morning and put the frozen one out, plus the fact that you need to try to find a shady spot.

Suet dough is different,  also known as  No melt.   the biggest difference is they add a lot of cornmeal to make the dough really thick and dry. Personally I don’t like it and neither to my visitors so I recommend the freezer method.

Same goes for water, especially in the high heat.  I take the square Tupperware and freeze a big cube of water and add that to my bird bath.   Just a couple of ideas for now.

Woody and Momma are continuing to come in but for quick visits.  I am having a lot of trouble right now with the circle of life 🙂  I have a new large addition of a bald eagle that must be living fairly close,  it’s just a really odd place for him to come hunt .

My deer are back too 🙂  My guess is they are close often because I didn’t see him right in front of me,  I was looking up the tree at Momma when I seen a movement and there he was . But they don’t take off,  just  hang out and eat the trees lol. My guess is that since I talk to animals all the time that they are used to my voice ,  I’m just so amazed how well they can blend in.

Lots to see and do today,  more pictures to come  Enjoy your morning.

Happy Monday

Good Morning ,  yuk what a stormy day 😦  and after such a beautiful weekend.

Today I am introducing you to Freddy the frog.( could be Fredrika but I like calling him that )   He arrived at my pond 2 years ago and since I love frogs my excitement just grew.  I wanted to do anything I could to make him stay, so I cleaned the pond for him …….note   don’t do that.  I did not realize until to late that he just sat there and watched me remove all the eggs.  So last year much to my surprise the eggs were back at we had polliwogs  🙂  I will warn you that the voice on these frogs is very loud and they stutter lol its like and old car thats enging just won’t turn over…anyway it is very fun and it seems that most of them stayed which is wonderful and noisy at the same time.  I love it.

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Freddys babies

A lot needs to be done in the early Spring,  time to clean the feeders (1 part bleach to 10 parts water ) is a great way to clean your stuff,  just remember to rinse it really well and fully dry before you fill it up. This helps with mold and bacteria that buildup,  and always wear gloves when handling your feeders, we can give stuff to them as much as they can back to us.

Woody and Momma are coming in often,  I have been testing areas with my GoPro to bring in some great video to share. But right now they are showing signs of nesting very close and it would seem to me the babies must have already hatched as they are feeding up a storm