Wednesday, January 28, 2015




It was just about 7 years ago they showed up.  Didn't know what they were, where they came from, nor whether you could eat them.  We liked them because they (according to MoSup, who never spent 1000 hours on a gun range before ear protectors were invented)  had a nice song.  They had a nice mat black and snow white color scheme, and a yellow beak.   Moved around the snow knowing just where to claw down to the covered seeds that spilled over from the hanging feeders.  Went to the bird store and found out they were Dark Eyed Juncos.  Sold me a bag of white millet which I threw onto the snow covered deck and they've been back every winter since.  I don't know whether they spend summers in the arctic and fly south to warmer climes in winter, or if they summer in Miami and fly north for the ski season.  Anyway, this morning I was up early; dusk;  and threw a cup of seed out.  A minute later they were all over it.  They must be watching for me.  Like, I'm their god.  I'm a good person.   Yes. Squirrels would disagree, but squirrels are rats.


Anonymous said...

"Squirrels are rats"
Ratus arborus coda fruticosa
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

Anonymous said...

Up here in MN we call them tree rats.


Anonymous said...

^ bushy-tailed tree rats here in central Virginia.
Lt. Col. Gen. Tailgunner dick

toadold said...

Squirrels are kind of like Rabbits in that they are too lean. If you just fry them up like chicken you don't get enough nutrients out of them. This is why squirrel head stew was a go to during the depression. You got the fat from the brains. You can also strip veins and arteries for fat, and organ meats for vitamins.

Steve in Greensboro said...

Plus after you are done collecting enough squirrel brains to make a stew, you can make a trench coat out of the fur.

Anonymous said...

Mrs and I didn't know what junkos were, either, before seeing an article in the paper, but we got a crap-ton of hungry ones in Kansas, too.

Sir H the Comet

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