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Chipmunk visits the Bird Bath and Squirrel Drinking Station

This is a cruddy photo I know, but I had to move quick to capture the chipmunk drinking out of my Dollar Tree dog bowl/bird bath. The chipmunk coming around now, unlike some I’ve known, is very skittish. It is just too odd seeing him perched up on the edge like that. (I figured if he fell in, it’s not all that deep.)
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Short Thought 55 (raccoon)

The other week, not long before dusk, I was sitting outside in the garden relaxing. I’d had the radio on but turned it off just to hear the natural sounds. I don’t know which of us was more surprised when a raccoon appeared suddenly at the bird bath. We stared at each other in one of those dramatic, loaded pauses, each taking a beat to register just what the other was. His reflexes were quicker than mine, as he turned, foregoing the drink he’d come for, and disappeared soundlessly under the hostas.

My bird bathing station is all the rage

These aren’t good photos (taken from a tablet on zoom, through a screen tent & cropped – shocking they aren’t high caliber) but I wanted to show you a couple visitors to the Bird Bath Station this summer. No, I don’t mean the stone lions.

This was just before the dove freaked out as doves are wont to do

This was just before the dove freaked out as doves are wont to do

Chickadees are the cutest

Chickadees are the cutest

Each titmouse gets their own pool

Each titmouse gets their own pool

Mr. Squirrel takes a dainty sip

Mr. Squirrel takes a dainty sip

Catbird had been shy but not today.

Catbird had been shy but not today.

How very refreshing!

“How very refreshing!”

Let me shimmy this way.

“Let me shimmy this way.”

Getting into this.

“Getting into this.”

This one might be better.

“This one might be better.”

Oh, I love it when I have all the pools to myself! The way it SHOULD be.

“Oh, I love it when I have all the pools to myself! The way it SHOULD be.”

Well, that oughta do it for today. Damn, I wish the snack bar was open.

“Well, that oughta do it for today. Damn, I wish the snack bar was open.”

Mr. Squirrel visits (and I am amused)

I like to sit in the screen tent outside and watch the goings-on, including many visitors to the Bird Bath and Squirrel Drinking Station. Squirrels, for some reason, have been kind of hinky and skittish about seeing me this summer and usually turn around and leave if I’m out. It’s not like I’m sitting there with a sawed-off shotgun but whatever. I just got a dog dish from Dollar Tree (ain’t got no dog) to try out as a bird bath. The birds and squirrels can be particular about things and I don’t always know what’s not going to go over well. This squirrel bravely tried it out.

"I don't know about that lady..."

“I don’t know about that lady…”


Considering the libations.

Considering the libations.


Squirrel decides to enjoy a refreshing drink from the dog dish.

Squirrel decides to enjoy a refreshing drink from the dog dish.