Sunday, May 13, 2007

Squirrel Nazis

Little fuzzy squirrel nazi's invaded my bird feeder.

This series of pictures shows just how far they will go to get at the bird seed

First picture shows him carefully analyzing his prey.

Analysis complete. Launch!

I'll swing around and get a few,

dang! how do I get in this thing?

I would return home later to find the feeder, the arm it was hanging on and the skeletal remains of the feeder, victim of nazi squirrel brutality.

At that time I visualized squirrels kicking back in their tree, burping and farting after their voracious feast.

Well I hope they enjoyed it, because I invested(the price they cost should be tax deductible) heavily in a "squirrel proof" feeder.

Now they just come by and stare at the feeder and reminisce about the party they had that day.



DEN said...

Morning all!!

Sunny and 80 degrees forecast for Auburn.

New week ahead, I'm not sure what is coming up but it will be interesting.

Ride time.

micki said...


Den, be careful on your ride!

micki said...

In God, Distrust...Book review...
How Religion Poisons Everything.

By Christopher Hitchens

David B. Benson said...

Den --- You like guns. Buy a pellet gun to defend your bird feeder against squirrels.

Even better, acquire a squirrel-eater. I don't know what locally has figured out that squirrels are good to eat, but there are only a few left.

Someone suggests cats. I suspect a few coyotes...

micki said...

Warming World Threatens Migratory Birds
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By ARTHUR MAX Associated Press Writer

May 13,2007 | BONN, Germany -- Disoriented by erratic weather, birds are changing migration habits and routes to adjust to warmer winters, disappearing feeding grounds and shrinking wetlands, a migration expert says.

Failure to adapt risks extinction. Birds face starvation when they arrive too early or too late to find their normal diet of insects, plankton or fish. In the north, some birds have stopped migrating altogether, leaving them at risk when the next cold winter strikes.

"Species that adapted to changes over millennia are now being asked to make those adaptations extremely quickly because of the swift rise in temperatures," said Robert Hepworth, executive secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species, a treaty under the auspices of the U.N. Environment Program.

"We don't know how many will survive. We will lose species," he said in an interview Saturday on the sidelines of an international climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.

This weekend, bird watchers and conservationists in dozens of countries marked World Migratory Bird Day with concerts, films and children's drawing contests to attract attention to the rising threat of global warming.

Climate change adds another threat to bird life already under pressure from human intrusions like coastline development.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- a body of some 2,500 scientists -- has warned in a series of reports this year that high emissions of greenhouse gases are likely to raise the Earth's average temperatures by at least 3.6 degrees.

The warming is predicted to drive up to 30 percent of known animal species to extinction, and migrating birds are especially vulnerable.

Climate change can strike at each stage of their annual trek, from breeding ground to rest stops to their final destination.

Studies cited by the convention say arctic permafrost and tundra where many species breed are melting. Even moderate rises in sea levels can swamp wetlands where birds stop to feed. Deserts are expanding, lengthening the distance between rests.

Hepworth recalls watching great V-formations of Bewick's swans arriving in his native Britain from northern Russia for the summer. Fewer are seen now.

The extraordinary travels of the red knot are another example. The medium-sized shore bird breeds in Siberia and migrates to southern Africa, shedding half its body weight under the strain of a flight that reaches survival limits. The expansion of the north Africa deserts could push them over the edge.

The convention's scientific council says 84 percent of the 235 species listed its annexes could be affected by changes in water availability, mismatched foods supplies, more frequent storms and competition with alien species intruding into their habitat.

The convention came into force in 1983 and is signed by 101 countries that pledged to help preserve the habitat of wild animals.

micki said...

I suspect that Cedar Yorpantz Flying School shut down.

Squirrels can't walk away from predators!

Does anyone here know what I'm talking about? ;-)

David B. Benson said...

Micki --- I shure don't.


Alan said...

Here's Looking at You, Universe

I dropped by NASA headquarters last Monday to hear about the relatively nearby and extremely massive star that might explode at any moment. Remember the name: Eta Carinae. Sounds like an Italian opera singer, or maybe a snazzy little sports car. It's a monster of a star -- something like 120 times the mass of the sun, and roiling, heaving, spewing out gobs of star stuff in what may be the prelude to a cataclysmic bang, a supernova unlike any seen before.

If it blows, you might be able to read a book by its radiance at night -- unless it fires a narrow beam of gamma rays right at us, in which case all bets are off. One astrophysicist on hand said, "It would probably destroy all the ozone in the atmosphere." Similar to what we tried to do ourselves, before we banned those nasty chlorofluorocarbons. Eta Carinae would be like a giant can of 1950s hairspray. Not a pleasant picture.
first two grafs of an interesting article

Gerald said...

Well, let me say that in my book I say that God is great and beautiful. God is the light, the way, and the truth.

No one can enter into the Kingdom of Heaven who does not love. That is a God given fact.

Don't bet your soul on an atheist!

Alan said...

Fighting the Terror of Battles That Rage in Soldiers’ Heads

COLORADO SPRINGS, May 8 — The nightmares that tormented Sgt. Walter Padilla after returning home from Iraq in 2004 prompted extensive treatment by Army doctors, an honorable discharge from the military and a cocktail of medication to dull his suffering.

Still, Sergeant Padilla, 28, could not ward off memories of the people he had killed with a machine gun perched on his Bradley fighting vehicle. On April 1, according to the authorities and friends, he withdrew to the shadows of his Colorado Springs home, pressed the muzzle of his Glock pistol to his temple and squeezed the trigger.
first two grafs again

micki said...

G8 climate plans 'watered down' --
G8 countries do not agree on the existence of global warming --
A leaked copy of a document on climate change being drafted for the G8 summit suggests plans have been watered down.

The above article is from June, 2005 -- two years later, and there's more "watering-down" at the behest of GUESS WHO??!!

micki said...

THE US is trying to dilute a declaration on global warming to be made at next month's G8 summit, sources close to the talks said, putting it on a collision course with hosts Germany.

In a draft of the declaration dated April 2007 seen by Reuters, the US objects to a pledge to limit global warming to 2C this century and cut world greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050.

micki said...

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