Saturday, December 13, 2014

(Not) For the Birds

About a week ago I published a post with some instructions for how to make a pinecone bird feeder. On Wednesday, I made one to place outside our back window, and I hung it up that afternoon.

Yesterday morning, as I was walking by that window (less than 48 hours after I hung the bird feeder) I noticed a mama deer staring smugly in at me.  She had something in her mouth.  OH no .. it was a pinecone.

I don't think the birds had time to even discover the seed-covered pinecone yet. The deer certainly found it though!

If you look closely, you will see a pinecone protruding from the right side of the doe's mouth.










It is illegal to intentionally feed deer in Montana. If I coat another pinecone in seeds, now that I know the deer consider it a tasty treat, I will have to find a higher place to hang it! 

I hope, however, that they enjoyed the one they stole! Merry Christmas to them! 

In addition to giving gifts to birds (and unintentionally to deer!) I am going to be offering bloggers a chance to win a wonderful prize in a sweepstake on Monday.  I hope you will stop back then, and enter!

Happy Weekend!

It is so mild here right now that we have muddy tire tracks on our driveway instead of snow!




What is your weather forecast for this weekend? 

10 comments :

  1. That's so funny! She does seem to be looking at you as if to say "surely you meant this for me, not the birds". We get quite a few deer in our yard too, but I've never been able to get a picture. Great shot. Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. The deer around our house have become so tame, I almost stepped on one when I was walking out to my car in the dark last week!!

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  2. Oh man, that shot of the pinecone hanging out of her mouth? Priceless. I'm reminded of my neice's bird feeder that is lovingly hung outside her kitchen window. Right by her son's high chair. She kept commenting how delightful it was that it was feeding all the birds in her neighborhood and how often she needed to replace the seeds. Then she discovered the truth. Squirrels. The food was being gobbled up by squirrels.

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    1. Squirrels were a problem when we lived in Ohio, but I have never seen one on our property here! Too many birds of prey I think - and stretches of prairie grass around us without trees.

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  3. How absolutely delightful. I hope she enjoyed her early Christmas present - and that the birds get the next treats.

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    1. It looked like she enjoyed it - and her baby nibbled up all the seeds she missed! I found a higher place to hang a more deer-proof feeder for the birds!

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    1. They deer didn't bother a similar pinecone feeder hung in the same spot all last winter - but found this one in less than a day!

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  5. Awwwwww, what a cool experience to witness. Love it. Oh you live in the state that I may be singing my daughter to college in.... Montana State University....

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    1. MSU would be a fun place to go to school! Close to great skiing and lots of wildlife and outdoor activities nearby! When does she graduate and what is she planning to study?

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