Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Naughty

I really think spring is going to come early this year. Today I saw my Mourning Doves building their nest in the same place they do every year - my gutters. They must know something we don't - I'm convinced!

Anyways, here's the naughtiness that's going on in my yard!


"Bob & I are planning on having 10 babies this year!"



"After I eat this cracker you gave me, I'm still going to raid your bird feeder!"

29 comments:

wendy said...

I'm looking at the squirrel going "What is that he's eating? Is that a cracker? Did Shelley give him a cracker or did he steal it?" Then I realized you gave them captions!!!!
Cute! I'm just slow.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Shelley, I saw a dove in our yard today---WAY up in a tree. He was too far for me to get a picture. Just saw one though!!!

When I first saw the squirrel picture, I thought he had the entire suet cake out of the suet feeder... I'm glad it was just a cracker!!!! I was wondering how that squirrel was smart enough to get the suet out of the feeder. HA HA HA..

Hope you had a good day.
Hugs,
Betsy

Dorothy said...

These are hungry little creatures! All they want is FOOD! They don't care whose food it may be. And you can't fill them up! ☺

ramblingwoods.com said...

Poor mourning doves build the worse nests ever. It's a good thing that they have more than one brood....How is Bob doing?

KathyB. said...

How funny ! The wild doves are hanging around my white dove pens and I am sure there is one male who is courting my 2 lovely dove girls in the herb garden dove cage.

We had a hawk flailing against our big dovecote, no doubt trying to help himself to some well raised and fattened doves, that is naughtiness in my book. But I am sure the hawk only thought it appropriate....I mean, a well lit pen of doves is just fast food isn't it ?

Beautiful photography.

Kallen305 said...

Great pictures. What is the squirrel eating do you know?

I so hope you are right and the birds know something we don't. Who needs a groundhog when you have birds!! Please let spring come earlier than they are predicting!!

Mildred said...

Oh, these are so funny. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Jayne said...

It was... I kid you not, 75 degrees here yesterday! Balmy! I am expecting to see nest building any old time now. :c) LOL at your squirrel Shelley!

Abraham Lincoln said...

I see you got them figured out. Nice post and photos. Also brought a smile to me.

jalynn01 said...

Squirrels and Doves....things we love but at times what a nuisance!! Love your captions!

Mary said...

LOL! Bob is quite a breeder! My squirrels would have ignored the cracker and gone straight to the bird seed.

NCmountainwoman said...

Those doves can be pretty persistent when they decide upon a nest site, no matter how terrible the site may be. We played the you start it, I'll take it down game for two weeks one year.

Bird Girl said...

You're in for a fun spring - full of naughty little creatures playing tricks on you! Such cute pictures and captions!

fishing guy said...

Shelly: Everyone looks really healthy through the rough Winter.

Deborah Godin said...

Best. Squirrel. Caption. Evah.

Kathiesbirds said...

Nature is smarter than we are. Nature Knows! I always kept a separate feeder for my squirrels in hopes of luring them away from the bird feeders. Sometimes it helped but when the seed was gone they would be right back to their raiding ways!

Tina said...

Wow ten more bobs!! can't wait to hear this conversation..lol

love the squirrel..he looks rather plump, guess its those crackers and seeder feed! you are such a good care taker!!

Sandy said...

hahaha, that squirrel is something else, so ornery.

Deb said...

We've noticed our "resident" doves sitting together on the roof top :-) they build their nest each year above the arbour beside our bedroom window. I'll have to go and have a peek to see if there's any sign of nest building (although I think they might just "re use" what's there) Looking forward to following your Bob - 10 baby doves ...wow :-)

Chris said...

Woow climate change you said!!! Yeh it looks like the summer is coming early in most places... I love the squirrel and yest despite the chocolate bar this guy will still steal some food in your feeder ;-) Nice shots of him!!

Jenny said...

I love that dove photo Shelley. The colours of the leaves echo the subtle colour on the doves head and in the wing too. Lovely! It's exciting to see the days lengthen isn't it! (-:

A New England Life said...

Gosh you made me snicker! And I needed it!

We haven't had any Doves all Winter but in the past few days several have shown up. And those darned squirrels, I'm about to wring their little necks if they don't stay off my peanut feeder!!! Maybe if I put some crackers out it will help ; )

RuthieJ said...

Can they really be that cute and still naughty?

Our high today was 47 degrees! Too bad it's only Feb. 10th and this was only a spring teaser.

mon@rch said...

Spring does bring the best out of us!

Heather said...

Bob the mourning dove, gettin' busy, eh? Look out! I love the squirrel picture not only because it's adorable, but the angle makes it very interesting from a compositional perspective. Seeing him eating a cracker reminds me of how when I was little we used to feed Ritz crackers out of hand to a squirrel that would come to our patio door.

Don said...

I've been throwing seed over the fence to bribe the squirrels to stay out of the yard and my other feeders. It worked for a while, but now we have five times as many squirrels and even a few deer taking advantage of our efforts.

HANNIBAL said...

You are so lucky to have the doves nest every year. How much fun is that? I'm looking forward to the future photos!

Gardener's Garden said...

Never satisified, but isn't that the nature of the beast? This is a very nice photo.

Leedra said...

You have talked about Bob so much when I see a Mourning Dove now I think about you and call the bird Bob.

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