Sunday, December 4, 2022

USUAL SUSPECTS

It's been a while since I had a Usual Suspects. Since being back home to the ancestorial Casa du Borghese, the houseboys aren't the only thing that needed time to get their bearings. The above is one of the geraniums, which I love. This one I bought in two weeks ago from the garden, before the first frost, and I'm going to try to keep it going till spring. I had success last year. It's taken time to get another bird arboretum going again. The windowsills here are just as wide as those at my place in Bucks County, but I haven't tried to place seed on the sills just yet, as I have several feeders out. But the bird variety is getting nice. Again, the trick seems to be a variety of seeds for a variety of birds. Of course, the Mother is in dismay over Bouvier II. Not only Bouvier, but about 5 offspring as well. Some days they are all dashing all over the yard and chasing each around the trees. Comical I find it. I have hidden the peanut bag, so she doesn't know. I hope they will eventually take them from my hand. Yes. I'm nuts.


I really need to keep my better digital camera at the ready. 
My cell phone zoom sucks.

All this and Daddy Warbucks will hit town for the holiday season, so there's that.

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  1. Perhaps your mother fears that Bouvier II and all his many kin will move into the attic of her house and cause mayhem.

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    1. We've had a mouse of two up there, but never a squirrel.

      Yet.

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  2. I see you have a couple of woodpeckers hanging around.

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    1. There always seems to be a few peckers hanging about.

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  3. I swear, your the squirrel whisper.

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  4. Lovely shots!!!! Blurry or not. You have the knack of attracting critters. I know many don't like squirrels, but they can be rather comical, I agree. Do the dogs chase them?

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    1. Buster never chased squirrels and could care less....but Lilith will chase them if she's in the mood...and even caught one once, and unfortunately killed it. She felt the need to bring it to the door as a " Look what gift I bring to you." It just hung from her mouth like a limp squeaky toy, the poor thing.

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  5. I always liked squirrels. Where I come from they are black.

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    1. I have only seen one black squirrel here once.

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  6. I winterized a geranium once...it was huge by spring. But the following year when I brought it in, I killed it. Your appears to be a good size already! Nice to see the new Casa is establishing itself. Looks like your birds and squirrels followed you. Nice to see a usual suspects post again.

    Daddy Warbucks?!?! Is he back for the whole of the holiday season?

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    1. Yes, Daddy Warbucks hits town later in the week!!!!

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  7. You must have a knack of attracting birds of all type!!!

    I had no idea you could bring geraniums indoors?

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  8. I love the tufted titmouse and dove shots! If you can keep that geranium alive to spring that would be amazing.

    ps-LOVE the new header above!

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    1. The Tufted Titmouse is one of my favorite birds.

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  9. Awwww, the dove... they're so sweet. Mourning doves frequent my area, but we used to have spotted doves. They would make a loud cooing sound during the day; I wonder what became of them? I haven't seen them is some time.

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  10. I lovely these! What a healthy and beautiful squirrel! I love the little chickadees and their call "chicka dee dee dee". The nice thing about the leaves having fallen off the deciduous trees is watching all the little birds hang from the branches.

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    1. We seem to have several Chicka dee dee dee pairs as well as a Downy woodpecker pair and a few carinal pairs. And your right, once the leaves are gone, it's much easier to find them and get pictures.

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  11. Sweet photos! I would give my right arm for a White-breasted Nuthatch to visit my feeder, and I don't know what I'd have to loose to get a Tufted Titmouse show up. I can't seem to get either.

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  12. It's nice to see a new batch of usual suspects. So cute! My geraniums are putting up the good fight. I only lost one. The marigolds, however, have given up the ghost. Poor babies.

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    1. Marigolds usually have seeds in them. If you clip the heads once there done and bury them, they will bloom again in the spring. That's how we had the ones we saw the last couple years.

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  13. Excellent squirrel photos! Though it's true - they will cause mayhem if they get into the loft.
    My geraniums are still putting on a show - good luck - they are the best Christmas decorations ever!
    Sx

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    1. I had one all last winter indoors, then planted it outside, to only have it killed by two rabbits, that made havoc of it!

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  14. geraniums are very resistant flowers. I know from personal experience! I love your animals

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    1. Oh..... I sure hope it survives. Sometimes the change in temp and light bringing it in can kill them.

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  15. Hiding your nuts again

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  16. All birds of my past. And great memories. I hope you get away with hiding your nuts.

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  17. I was wondering if you had any squirrels or birds at the new place! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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  18. I do love your birds but Bouvier' UK relatives rather less so. We have a drey of 4 squirrels (Mum, Dad and two kitlings) up a tree next door; damn animals dig up my plants to shove in their walnuts. Consequently I have 10-20 baby walnut seedlings in the spring.

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    1. Walnuts!!!!!!!! Think of all the wonderful desserts you can make!!!! I never said they weren't mischievous.

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  19. [off topic: check your spam folder, because you should find some comments, mine included]

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  20. Beautiful photos... nature certainly has it's share of wonderous things. Enjoy your time with Mr. Warbucks.

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  21. I love seeing photos of your tits. And the nuthatches, woodpeckers, and blue jays too, of course!
    So glad you're making some new feathered friends.

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  22. Wonderful pictures!

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  23. I love Squirrels.And birds. And nuts!

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