Sunday, March 2, 2008
I got 'em!!!
When I moved into this house there was a big oak tree in the front yard - okay maybe it's a maple - anyway - there was an old-fashioned wooden birdhouse nailed to the front of it. It didn't look like it had gotten any use in a long time but then, I'm not sure how good birds are with maintenance.
One day I came home from work and the birdhouse lay shattered at the base of the tree and being old like I am, my first thought was - "damn teenagers!" I figured some kids had come by and who knows - challenged each other to see if they could jump high enough to touch the birdhouse, and knocked it down in the process. Or just maybe they did it on purpose. I'm suspicious like that.
My BF nailed it back up for me, more because I wanted whoever knocked it down to see it up again - it was a small act of defiance against those who would vandalize someone else's property. After putting it back up my BF noted that the hole in the front seemed larger than it should be and looked like something had been chewing on it. Okay, that was a little weird, but I forgot about it.
I have had the devil of a time capturing the culprit, but I finally got him on film! I had to take it from a distance because he never hangs around when he sees me coming. The sneak!
Imagine his surprise the day he climbed into that bird house and had it shatter around him! I wish I could have seen him scrambling away from the broken wood on the ground where he ended up! Since then he uses the birdhouse every day as far as I can tell. I see his little face peering out when I leave in the morning and again when I drive up in the evening. He was probably the driest squirrel around during our last snowstorm!