The baby wrens in the apple tree house have hatched and are becoming quite vocal. The apple tree is probably about 30 yards from the house, but they're so noisy that I can hear them chirping from their house inside our house if the windows are open.
Here's how they look after about 1 week. I could see 6 for sure (there were 7 eggs). As soon as I took down the house to take this picture, they never made another peep. However, the mom was quite upset when she caught me over there messin' with her house and babies. I'm not sure if wrens swear or not, but it sure sounded like she was swearin' at me!
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Here's my clean-up crew:
Cleaning up all the seeds that fall from the birdfeeders on the upper level deck. I think he lives in the hosta & fern garden under the deck
Here it looks like he's licking this rock....is it salty? I'm not sure what goes on in a chipmunk brain to cause this type of behavior.
13-Lined Ground Squirrel (we call them streaked gophers).
Here's what she looks like sitting up and eating birdseed.
There are lots of these gophers all around the yard and our township offers a bounty of $1 per gopher. Our dogs have become quite expert at catching these little critters.
Both of these guys spend a lot of time outside the basement patio door and they drive our poor dogs nuts!