THE BACKYARDIGANS

i used to live on the 3rd floor of a house with only skylights on my level. i saw a lot of sunsets and lightning, but you can’t really see what’s happening in the neighborhood from roof windows.

a change in living arrangements and now i can see everything that runs across the backyard. the biology major that still lives deep inside of me enjoys observing nature, including the suburban wild life. so, i bought a bird feeder or three.

over the summer and into the fall months, i saw birds i had no idea existed in massachusetts and welcomed the squirrels and chipmunks that were originally unwanted guests.

i’m going to be honest here. i named one of the squirrels. and i talk to it. if you follow me on snapchat (yeliadnirak), you’ve been a witness. sorry not sorry.

i couldn’t help it. she was was around every day, would invite herself to cookouts and you could easily distinguish her from other squirrels. she was like forty pounds heavier than the other rats (i mean, squirrels), super pregnant and super cute.

here are some photos showcasing a few regular visitors:


nutty the squirrel

one of the many rabbits that the dogs hate.

i think the red guy is a house finch.

carduelis tristis a.k.a. the american goldfinch w/ a woodpecker in the rear

two tufted titmice

not sure what this guy is…

a blue jay. he is unkind.

i also see a pair of cardinals (and their fledglings) every day. there are two little white-breasted nuthatches that showed up one day and haven’t left. a handful of mourning doves beat each other up and fight for dominance in my window. the grackles must be gone for the winter. if i leave some bird food on the ground, i’ll get a robin to come by.

goals: baltimore oriole, hummingbird and a bluebird. maybe in the spring.

i am snow white.

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