Thursday, August 05, 2004

The Batty Bird Woman

I think I have become a crazy bird lady. Every morning I go out and put out food on the bird table for the birds, and fill up the hummingbird feeders. Well, now the crazy birds have become codependent on me. I was late getting out to feeding them this morning, and the birds who eat at the bird table were lined up along the fence freaking out that their food wasn't there. I have ravens that come down to eat as well, and they were up in the oak tree just bitching me out today as I was late feeding them.

Now for my hummingbirds. Most people get a hummingbird coming to feed, well last year was the first year I put out a feeder, and one came down, then another showed up, then another,,,,, and now I have 5 feeders up gallon sized and there must be over 100 hummingbirds flying around feeding. My neighbor asked yesterday if we were feeding them speed or something... I have created sugar addicts. I don't put the red dye in the mix as I know that is not really good for them, so I don't know if that is the difference, as we have asked our neighbors how many hummingbirds do they get, and they have maybe 3 at the most., and they do put in the red dye. So I guess my house is the hook up for the hummingbird feeder juice!

Oh yes, and last night Satan and I went and sat out on our deck to watch the bats come out. Yes, we also have bats. We do have a bat box, however we haven't found the right place to hang it from, as it needs to be up high. But we do believe they live in the trees out back, as that is where they were flying out of last night. I think we saw about 20 bats, all different sizes, they were all heading south when they came out of the trees, so we are wondering where they were off to. A bat party? A rave? Although we didn't see them wearing any funky looking hats, so maybe not a rave, but they were all headed somewhere.

And lastly we also have two red tail hawks that come down and sit in our Walnut trees. They are beautiful. They used to nest in one of the old old trees we had at the bottom of our garden, but last winter we had really bad rains, and the old tree came a crashing down, which was sad, as the hawks have now had to find another nesting spot, but they still come and hang out in our garden.

13 comments:

Jennifer said...

I forgot about ravens, the look much like crows, right?
My mom has two cute birds that come around every day, Onefoot and his partner, named onefoot for obvious reasons, they now have a baby. Hehehehe.. I think it's funny that they come around everyday. And my mom sits and watches them. I think she thinks it's her deceased mom and pop. ;)

Bats....eeewww

vampyregirl said...

yes, ravens are like crows, just a lot lot bigger! They are from the same family.

Bats aren't as gross as people think, they are actually pretty cute! But then I am a freak anyway! As I also think Marilyn Manson is hot man as well.....I didn't say I was normal!

Elizabeth said...

OK, I cannot forget to bring the mating bird video - so hilarious!

I can't wait to do the bat watching while we grub on our banana boats!

Pisser said...

Jeez. Bats AND banana-thingies. Now I'm seriously jealous!

Guess I should go farther north next time me and Cranky go for a ride. It sounds gorgeous.

Ravens: SKRAK! *tap tap tap*

Yep, from what I understand, the red dye isn't so hot for the birds, and never use anything other than sugar to sweeten the water, like crack ;) Do you believe some dimwit used Nutra Sweet?! Hummers do NOT need diets! If the feeder has red somewhere on it, that should be plenty as they're obviously finding it. You can also plant red flowers and they dig :)

vampyregirl said...

can't believe someone put nutra sweet in a hummingbird feeder, are they that stupid??????

Yes, pisser you need to come up north to visit the psychoness of life in the bay area!

mangey cur said...

dude, ravens are big. Did I tell you about the bats getting drinks from diane's pool. rum and coke i think they were having... anyway..CHECK OUT MY SITE!!!!!My ego can't take this.

vampyregirl said...

yes, I do believe you did tell me about the bats coming in for drinks, they must have been party bats! HA! I added your site to my fave list!! So hopefully your ego will be fine now!!

Loki's Concubine said...

Bats are great! The more you have the less mosquitos are around. woohooo!! We have dependent birds here too.. and squirrels! OMG they wait outside and stare at us until we feed them. We used to have flying squirrels, but recently a great horned owl has taken up residence...so I'm not sure if he's ate them or not.

Hawks are always so pretty. I saw a raven the other day. They're pretty rare to see here (usually just have the crows) and I knew when I saw it that it was there for me. Sure enough..... change happened.

OH! And I meant to tell you, we didn't make corn dollies at the Lughnassadh ritual. Nice offerings were given though. My fave holiday is next. :)

Woman of Scorn said...

Definitely couldn't live by you. I'm afraid of birds, bats, bugs, basically anything that flies. Glad you enjoy em though. We have a sparrow that sleeps on our porch every night.

nongirlfriend said...

Flying creatures visit you like stray dogs visit me. I'm surprised I only have the three rescue dogs...

Elizabeth said...

Oh yeah, I need to remember to bring the mosquito repelent tomorrow...

Christopher said...

Birds are so entertaining to watch...especially when you give them alka seltzer, from what I have heard. I love your fucking blog...and satan is adorable...find me a nice inked guy and I'll be happy! What makeup counter did you work for?

Special K said...

Aw, man... I already posted my bat story ::shudder::. Check a few posts back on my blog. But it sounds like your place is quite the bird haven. You should put some vanilla vodka in the feeders and see what happens ;-)

My best bird sighting was when I was on the ferry going across the James River (in VA) and I saw a bald eagle chillin' on top of a buoy. It was so weird and damn hilarious! I mean, eagles are supposed to be all majestic and American and shit, and this one was just bobbing up and down, back and forth, perched on top of a fucking buoy in middle of the (hella polluted) James River!