My friend Bonnie lives in one of the most beautiful areas of the country, the state of Oregon. She and hubby Leon have a lovely home surrounded by the most amazing gardens. They share it with some real characters, too!
There’s Pearl who loves to remove to the top off the bird feeder and carry it as far away as possible in an effort to keep Leon from placing it back on the feeder.
She even tries to drag it completely off the deck!
Then it’s time to dig in to all that yummy birdseed! You can read more about the story of Leon and Pearl here: Squirrel Outwits Bird Feeder: The Story of Leon and Pearl
Bonnie has lots of wild turkey this time of year. They always appear in autumn. Don’t they know Thanksgiving is just a few months away? This is the time to hide!
They like to raid the bird feeders, too. Pretty brave–coming right up onto the deck!
Bonnie has “ground squirrels” in her area. I don’t think we have those in Georgia, if we do I’ve never seen one.
Aren’t they cute! They look very different from our squirrels here. Our squirrels are ambidextrous…they hang out in the trees as much as they do on the ground! Okay, ambidextrous isn’t quite the right word, but you get the idea.
In Georgia, we even have flying squirrels, though I’ve never seen any since they apparently come out at night. I have seen pics of them (raiding feeders) at my local birding store. Maybe that’s what raids my feeders at night!
Bonnie said, “Ground squirrels burrow and forage for food on the ground and stuff their little pouches with food, like chipmunks.” Do you have these where you live? They do remind me of the chipmunks we have here. The coloring is very different but they both have those fat little cheek pouches.
Bonnie and Leon’s bird feeders get quite the workout, day and night! This is one of their nighttime visitors. I have these little masked bandits stopping by, as well. They visit the feeders that hang off my deck and clean them out if I forget to bring them in at night.
Bonnie said, “We love the wildlife around here, except the deer totally destroy any landscaping we’ve put in, even a few evergreens. One time, before we had the pool filled in, we found four bucks in it ! Twin fawns were born in the back yard. We’ve also seen coyotes, fox, pheasants and the neighbor found bear tracks in her yard.
A couple of years ago, the police were chasing a very large and angry black razorback pig down the street (pic below). Leon asked them what they planned to do with it if they caught it, and was met with blank stares. He told them maybe they better just let it go back to where it came from!” Sooo funny! Leon caught this picture of him as he was making a hasty exit.
Here are the deer who love making Bonnie and Leon’s garden their own private buffet.
The do look very well fed, don’t they?
You have to admit, they are truly beautiful, even when they are chowing down on the flowers!
Bonnie’s gardens are absolutely stunning! This picture belongs in a magazine! Soooo beautiful!
Thanks to Bonnie for sharing these wonderful pics. Happy Weekend dear friends!