The Gray Bushy Tails

 

Advancing stealth-like, clad in gray
the troops swiftly covered the territory.
Now on the border between our properties.
Ultimate goal this mission: the
prize hanging from the fir tree.

Gray bushy tails whipped in frenzy
pausing momentarily to gaze upwards.
They have plotted the assault since the
new positioning of the bird feeder
far outstretched on a long limb.

  

Suddenly one bold bushy gray tail
advanced from above, hanging
precariously from all fours resembling
a sloth. A quick risk assessment of the desired
prize, it retreated. Too far to fall down!

 

Retreated and regrouped, the gray ones
returned to the drawing board. Plotting
to get reinforcements, they charted a
new course of action, a new route, a
new method to capture the birdseed.

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18 Responses to The Gray Bushy Tails

  1. Linda says:

    Your words captured the journey of the grey squirrels perfectly. The pictures were a joy to see. I appreciate your talent both in writing and in photography..

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    • Linda, thank you for the insightful comment regarding my words and photos. It is a daily delight to watch and listen to Nature’s creatures. Our ongoing battle to have the birdfeeder for the birds. The gray bushy tails have other ideas. Your kind comment warmed my heart and made me smile. May you have a delightful weekend gazing out your windows! “”__””

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  2. Peter Klopp says:

    These furry little creatures are quite cute, as long as they don’t compete too much with our feathery friends for food in the winter. They can empty a bird feeder in a single day. Thank you for documenting and sharing your experiences with these acrobats, Mary Ann!

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    • Peter, thank you for the comment which reflects experience on your part. Acrobats is a good word to describe their antics. Maddening at times. Finally a warm, sunny day which might qualify as spring here. Buds on all the trees and bushes promise us better days ahead. Enjoy your spring weather. Time to get the gardens ready for planting. Enjoy the weekend. “”__””

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  3. Delightful! 🙂 Love the photos including your awesome family picture. ❤ Have a lovely weekend–stay safe and well! xo

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    • Bette, such an enjoyable comment from you today. Our kids set the timer on the iPad for the family photo. We just had to smile for the camera. Is anything open your way? Our area hospitals can perform operations again now. Our covid numbers are low unlike Downstate NY. Can’t wait for everything to open again. Stay healthy and enjoy the weather! oxox

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      • Things are opening up slowly with adherence to strict precautions for safety (distancing/masks etc.) here–i.e. health care, hair salons, pet grooming, golf courses, state parks, Except for one online Grocery order pickup, we have been in since March 12. Weather here lovely and things are greening up–50s & 60s with sun. Cheers! ❤ xo

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      • Bette, thank you for the news-filled comment. I am so happy to hear things are opening up once again. We have to wait longer although hospitals may resume surgeries, etc. Schools are closed for the remainder of the year. That is sad to me. I hope students and parents are reading lots of books. Every time I look outside and step out for a walk, I marvel at our spring weather, buds on trees and flowers trying to blossom. Soon! There is hope! A blessed Sunday to you. oxox

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  4. Schools closed here for the year as well. Teachers, students and parents need our prayers… I recommend reading to the kids and talking about the books etc. There are lessons of great magnitude here for all of us–hope is alive an well! ❤ Have a blessed and beautiful week, dear Mary Ann. xo

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  5. Clare Pooley says:

    It is a constant battle of wits when you have squirrels to deal with! They are so clever! I love your description of the on-going war! 😀
    Take care and keep safe, Mary Ann!

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    • Clare, so glad you got to read the post. Except for photos of these most-annoying of creatures, I managed the poem without saying the actual word “squirrel.” I smile at you comment and at my husband’s attempts to outwit these creatures. Each time he tried a new remedy, they outsmart him. Pretty soon, I will take down the bird feeder for the summer. Until I received the feeder as a Christmas gift, I never bothered feeding the birds, and now, I know why. Have a great week. Thanks once again for the lovely comment. Hopefully you are open and back to normal at your end of the pond. oxox

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        Your poems are so clever! I admire people who can manipulate words so well and make sentences flow smoothly and seamlessly.
        We have been ordering birdseed from the wholesaler for my mother. As you know I gave up feeding the birds because of trouble from squirrels, rats,, pigeons and rooks. We were sent a bag of kibbled (finely chopped) peanuts by mistake so my husband suggested we put a couple of feeders up and see what happens. So far, so good!

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      • Clare, thank you for this lovely comment. It just made my day! Interesting about the kibbled peanuts. Perhaps the squirrels don’t like them? I am glad to hear that your attempts to feed the birds have gone smoothly. When my husband proudly announces, he has finally defeated the bushy gray tails, they find a way around his solution. So far, so good with us as well. After spring yesterday, we have a hard frost for tonight so the heat it back on. Clare, I am so happy you found this latest poem clever. Sometimes it is funny to me how rapidly and quickly I find words to flow. Other times, not so. The creative process sometimes hits roadblocks. Now, I find myself jotting random poems down on just any piece of paper to later put on the computer. Have fun with your feeder experiment. Nature holds so many wonders and surprises! Have a good week! oxox

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        Thank you,, Mary Ann; I hope you have a great week too, xoxo

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      • May you be safe and stay healthy. Virtual hugs and blessings. (( )) oxox

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      • Clare Pooley says:

        Thank you, Mary Ann and you, too xoxo

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