Thursday, February 26, 2009

Squirrel

Through my window this resident of my yard that feeds on the bird feed scattered daily, was eating off the bark of a poplar tree. Last fall every morning the sound of falling pecans on the roof was being created by the many squirrels pulling them off as they ripened. There are hazel nuts, chestnuts, and other food sources they have stored and their population is growing every year. When I moved to my home, there were no squirrels, just many rabbits in my yard each year. Finally, several years ago a squirrel appeared, finding plenty of food for the population. Eagles now roam the sky and I have noticed the rabbit population has shrunk. I heard a loud screaching the other day and keep looking to find the source. It was a pair of Eagles with one of them making the noise, as part of male/female courtship would be my guess. Any rabbits that enter the field next to my property are in the open of the hay field that is mown for the cows' that have a large pasture next to the hay field. It is a perfect open area for Eagle hunting. One year a small bird of prey took one of my feeding Cardinals. Usually the Cardinals, Blue jays, Doves, and small brown birds are able to feed under a pine and other trees where they are feed by me. I figure they are safer from an attack from above. The squirrels are welcome to feed on the small amount they find, picking through the grass where I toss the bird mix. I used grey squirrel paint brushes for many years painting signs for a living. Now signs are made with vinyl lettering decals on truck doors as well as hanging signs, created with computer software. The days of hand lettering are something of the past. The sign paint created specifically for sign painters contained lead, which made lettering better because only lead containing paint had the opacity and durability, as well as how it worked to make lettering possible using brushes. Lead containing sign paint is no longer sold in quarts like it was years ago, and is only sold in small pint size containers, still containing lead because sign painters know it is superior to non-lead containing paint. Things are changing making the old way of sign creation no longer commercially practical. Most signage is made of vinyl in today's market. Years ago there was a shortage of grey squirrel hair brushes, because of world wide declining grey squirrel population, for hunters selling grey squirrel hair. New synthetic bristle brushes specifically for sign lettering are being sold.

4 comments:

Julie said...

The squirrels around here are the red type. They find plenty to eat also. I would love to have a nesting pair of eagles. We are seeing them more and more.

madcobug said...

I hate it when birds of prey get the birds I feed in the yard. Makes me feel bad for feeding them then I think maybe I save a lot of lives feeding them through the winter months. Neighborhood cats take one sometimes also. Have a nice week Mark. Watch out that those eagles don't go for you or Salty LOL. Helen

baldy said...

MARK, THIS IS AN INTERESTING ENTRY.
SINCE BEING A CHILD I HAVE OBSERVED BIRDS AND ANIMALS AS WELL AS CLOUDS, SUNRISES AND SUNSETS, LOTS OF OPPORTUNITY WHEN ARISING EARLY AND SPENDING THE DAYS WORKING OUTSIDE FOLLOWING THAT TEAM AND OBSERVING NATURE.
NOW I REALIZE MORE TIME SHOULD HAVE BEEN SPENT WITH NEIGHBOR CHILDREN IN LATER AFTERNOON HOURS INSTEAD OF STAYING IN THE FIELD.
DAD WAS NOT DEMANDING, I JUST WANTED TO PLEASE HIM BY GETTING THINGS DONE.
THINKING BACK, VERY LITTLE PROFIT FROM THE LONG HOURS OF WORK.
SOME DAYS WORKED FOR NEIGHBORS FOR A DOLLAR A DAY AND THEY PAID WITH CASH RECEIVED FROM CREAM AND EGG MONEY RECEIVED ON SATURDAY IN TOWN.
THIS IN THE DROUTH AND DEPRESSION OF THE 1930s.
HOWEVER, THANKING GOD FOR THAT WHICH WE HAVE NOW.
SEVEN LIVING CHILDREN THAT ARE LOYAL AMERICANS, WILLING TO WORK AND TO HELP OTHERS.
I CONTINUE TO THANK GOD EACH MORNING BEFORE GETTING OUT OF BED THAT I CAN GET OUT OF BED AND WALK.
HOWEVER NOW WALKING AFTER GETTING OUT OF BED IS WITH USE OF A WALKER SINCE HAVING A 'STROKE' LAST OCTOBER.
MARK I PRAY FOR YOUR HEALING AS WELL AS MY OWN. sam

Kath said...

Sorry my comment is late Mark,some of the postings from blogger emmebers I follow are for some reason not showing up on my dashboard every time.Over here where I live Mark are grey squirrels.When I went to Dallas one year I was up feading them each morning round the pool until someone said NODO NOT FEED THEM they are classed as vermin here in Dallas they do so much destruction to there homes,which I didin't know.I was shocked.Great picture you took.I hope you are doing fine.Thinking of you saying Prayers this year will be a much healthier one for you.Cuddles to Salty too.Take Care God Bless kath xx