...VARMINTS in my backyard...
I have a love hate relationship with these creatures. I truly love all birds and furry animals, but these you see here give me a headache because they eat all my bird seed for which I pay about $35 a month.
Wood rats that live in the palm trees and ivy.
Ground squirrels that go to great length to get at the bird seed. I don't think these are quite the same as ground hogs. They live under our deck.
Caught in the act!
Looking for more!
Rabbits that eat all my young plants. They play out in the circle without any fear.
Raven or crow. This one made a particular nuisance of himself a year or so ago. I almost wondered if he had been tamed. He certainly showed no fear of me.
The Coopers Hawks who feed on the little birds, especially the gold finches, around my feeder.
Yes, I even consider the Mourning Dove a varmint. Although he is quite pretty to look at and has a soothing call, yet he scoffs the birds seed as fast as he can go and will eat what would last the little birds a day, in a half an hour or so.
And this is Henrietta, whom I loved, yet she is considered a varmint because she really belonged to the children next door but chose to make her home with us for 10 months, not only eating the bird seed but scratching dirt all over the patio. Ask my husband if she was a varmint. He had to sweep the patio!
Oppossum -- haven't had one of these for a while. We threw mothballs all over the yard to get rid of them and it worked! Our indoor/outdoor cat at the time, who didn't have a mean bone in his body, would prance along behind them, inviting them to play! They have nasty teeth and claws. Photo courtesy of Google.
And this is my last. I have only seen one or two raccoons in our back yard. This drawing is based on a photo by Abe Lincoln which I did for Wanda's art challenge.
That brings me to my next blog topic: My Artwork Done on our Cruise. I hope to post these tomorrow.
VISIT MRS. NESBITT'S ABC WEDNESDAY AND SEE WHAT OTHER CREATIVE ENTRIES HAVE BEEN SUBMITTED.