When I bought my small condo 6 years ago I knew that I would continue to feed the humming birds. I also wanted to branch out and see if I could entice some of the other birds in the area to come to my brand new feeders. So, in the spring of year 1 I put out shepard hooks and tree hangers with attached full feeders. I even put out what is called a flat feeder and a couple of suet holders with special home made suet. I succeeded better than I thought I could by even getting 3 different types of woodpeckers and a few Indigo Buntings [a very pretty many colored bird] to not only fill those bellies but to take a bath in the brand new big blue bowl fountain...AND....THEN....THEY....ARRIVED.
I could not believe my eyes. Not just one but a whole gang of them. They began by scaring all of the hard won feather beauties away from the feeders. Then once they accomplished that they fought among themselves to see who was the head of the 'Gray Furry-butt Tree-rat' gang because as we all know the "King of the Hill" always eats first. The first year the 'Tree-rat' gang wasn't that bad 6 to 8 members but by the end of the summer of year 2 the 'Tree-rat' gang membership had grown to around 25 on a slow day.
During the spring/summer of year 2 not only did the 'Tree-rat' gang eat all of the expensive seed I would put out in the feeders but they tore apart several of those very nice feeders to the point that the seed was now all over the ground. It was at that time that I knew that I would have to do something to get rid of the 'Gray Furry-butt Tree-rats'. So, off to the lap top and the 'Google' box I went to learn how to keep the 'Tree-rats' away from the bird feeders.
Don't yaw'll believe everything they tell yaw'll on this subject because they haven't ment the Georgia 'Gray Furry-butt Tree-rat' which is nothing like anything known by the 'egg-heads'.
A couple of days later I was at the big orange box [aka..Home Depot] where I got a few more bird feeders that stated that they were 'Tree-rat' proof [JOKE], another bag or two of seed and something to put whole ear corn and peanuts in to get the 'Tree-rats' as far from the new bird feeders as possible. Well, during this process I learned that these 'Tree-rats' have no idea what to do with corn but they would have huge gang fight over the peanuts.
H/D made quite a good bit of money off of me during the next 4 years as I was waging 'war' on those 'Tree-rats'.
It was in 2009 that the 'Tree-rats' destroyed 3 humming bird feeders and 4 brand new feeders that would hold seeds. That's when I made a vow....the 'Tree-rats' had to GO.
So, in a couple of months when it's time to put out the NEW humming bird feeders I will be waiting for them with a paint-ball gun and a huge smile on my face with the thought...
"Take that you nasty little F.... ker".
So, when yaw'll see your local 'Tree-rat', you will know that I will be doing my best to make the 'Tree-rats' in my area a bright florescent Orange so the owls and hawks can find their fat 'Gray Furry-butts' a lot easier as they run through the tree branches to get out of the hit zone.
Well, I will still be feeding the birds. Won't I?
Silent Stance - The Colonel as Reviewing Officer for a Graduation Parade at MCRD, Parris Island, shortly (no pun intended) before his retirement from active duty.Everyone...
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