Colonial Lake close to home is quite small, but it has a good variety of wildlife. An old Canada Goose, named Hank by the locals, does not seem to fly any more and enjoys eating the bread crumbs and cookies that people throw to him.
Squirrels are abundant, and at this time of the year they are stocking up on acorns and other wild nuts to prepare for winter.
An Eastern Phoebe had something in its bill, but I couldn’t tell what it was. They usually eat small insects, and sometimes small fruit or seeds.
A Ring-billed Seagull landed with a splash and caught something in its beak.
The champ was a Great Blue Heron who caught three fishes in less than 10 minutes as I photographed him.
A little more than a year ago, I acquired a squirrel-proof bird feeder from a company called Brome. It worked by shutting down the feed holes every time a squirrel climbs on the cardinal ring surrounding the bottom of the feeder. The squirrels launched many attacks against it from every possible direction, in more ways than one can possibly imagine.
Here’s how the bird feeder looked at the beginning of last week. Note that shiny, silvery metal was showing in several places. That’s where the squirrels were trying to bite through metal to get at the seeds, without success.
Last Friday, I came home to find the bird feeder lying on the ground in several pieces. Somehow the squirrels had managed to bring it down, or it could even have been the strong wind we had last week. Anyhow, they promptly ate all the seeds!
I called Brome and they immediately shipped me the internal parts needed to rebuild the feeder. It is now almost rebuilt. The cardinal ring was broken in half and had to be glued back together. I am just waiting for the glue to dry overnight before hanging the feeder outside again.