Friday, October 19, 2007

Blue Jays - Skunk

Due to a new addition on our house, we are now feeding Socrates, our golden retriever, on our porch. This makes Mr. Blue Jay very happy. He comes and sits on the porch rail looking for any trouble and to see if Socs has left any dog food for him. (Socs is a very messy eater.) Then he gives us screech, hops down and gets some food.

One night around 10.30 pm I was in our new addition and Mr. Skunk came looking around for some food. He stuck his nose right up to the glass door and looked in. He also helped himself to some dog food. He startled the life out of me the next night when I opened the front door and he was standing four foot away with his tail raised, so I had to make new arrangements for the dog food. So beware of who is coming to dinner invited or not.

(PS Mr. Skunk was a very nice looking one)

Thursday, October 4, 2007


Hi my name is Paul Scott. I am semi-retired. I help my wife, Alice, and stepdaughter, Michele, with their medical billing business. But my best time is spent with my three year old granddaughter, Rebecca Boo who I watch over while Mom and Mimi work. She helps me feed the birds and when we are done filling the bird feeders she calls out to them "eat time!!".

We enjoy watching the birds eat and flutter about - who's turn is it? They take turns and squabble about. A blue jay lands on our porch rail and caws loudly at us. He then jumps down to help himself to some dog food. Socrates, our golden retriever, gets upset with them once in awhile, but he still shares.

I also have two more lovely granddaughters. Mackenzie, 11 loves to drive the riding lawn mower giving tours and landing airplanes while giving tours. Nine year old Mackayla gets to ride in the cart with Rebecca behind the lawn mower while Mackenzie gives the tours.

We have been feeding the birds regularly, giving the migrating birds a good meal before their long journey. The native birds such as the blue jays, the chickadees and the finches, who don't fly south know that they can get a good meal here throughout the long upstate New York winters.

Suet feeders are a treat furnishing plenty of energy for the cold. We've got lots of birdfeeders and houses available at Feeders and Houses.

I'll be letting you know who's been coming to visit as the birds move south.