April 3, 2021

Critters Sweet and Troublesome

Happy Easter!

Spring is in the air and the bears are about. I looked out this morning and saw this bird feeder tipped over. Two feeders that had been on poles were now on the ground, broken open. A suet cake was also on the ground. I guess Mr. Bear did not like it because it was the kind that was seasoned with red pepper to deter squirrels. 

Frank checked our garbage can. It was open and trash was strewn about. A can of pressurized whipped cream was crushed and punctured. I hope Mr. Bear enjoyed it. But I also hope he does not come back! 

I was able to put the brass suet holder back together. It's pretty sturdy! 

The bear also bent one of the metal feeder poles rather badly. I don't know if we can fix it. I also don't know if we can fix the green-roofed suet feeder. It's pretty bent up.

April is the end of bird-feeding season here. I usually stop in mid-April because of bears. It's only a little early, and I had already taken down most of the seed feeders. They needed cleaning and I didn't see the point in filling them up again, knowing that they draw bears.

A neighbor reported today that two bears entered his porch last night and broke into a can of bird seed. 

Bears don't really hibernate here but they den up during cold weather and feed close to home on mild days. In spring they do a walkabout, looking for suitable places to fatten up during warm weather. 

The graylag geese that bit me the other day continue to act mean. I don't know where their nest is and I'm not about to go looking for it! I'm afraid to even go to the mailbox without carrying a broom or something to fend off their nipping. 

They even threatened Frank when he was picking up the trash that the bear had scattered! He squirted them (lightly) with the garden hose and they backed off. A goose can be fearsome even when it doesn't bite. They stretch their neck and hiss, staring at the target which is your legs. No wonder people call them cobra chickens!

On a lighter note, we saw dozens of deer when we drove along Skyline Drive on Thursday. I posted some scenic shots yesterday. Here's a deer. 


  1. The nature can be beautiful, but also often dangerous!
    Happy Easter !

  2. Hello,
    I am sorry the bear ruined your feeders. It is time to take them down, so the bears do not hang out at your place. Love the Woodpecker and female Purple Finch. That goose looks mean. Pretty shot of the deer. I am looking forward to a visit to the Skyline Dr. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Easter to you and your family. Have a great new week ahead. PS, thank you for the comment on my blog.

  3. A bear is very obviously not the visitor you want in your backyard!

  4. Love, love, love the goose close-up. I'm not sure how I'd react to bears on my property. Ya, I do..."for sale".
    As always, thanks for taking time to share your birds with us!!

  5. ...geese can be lovable from a distance.

  6. Yes. those Greylags can be little aggressive. Take care.

  7. such cute critters and awesome images of the birds!! but i think i love the first image best!! happy easter!!

  8. Bears at your back door? Now that is something We would NOT like. Mother Nature at one's doorstep is, on the whole, a Good Thing - but We draw the line at Bears!

  9. My goodness it was a relief to see the sweet deer not attacking you after those other definitely troublesome critters. I’ll scroll back to read more about the goose bite.... and I sure hope the bears leave you alone now. That’s a little too close for comfort, although I am enjoying the image of them doing a Spring walkabout!

  10. Be away from the Greylags :)) They are cute nevertheless!

  11. Geese abide by no laws made by man or women! Love the picture of the woodpecker - we have none of that type of bird in Australia.

    Sorry for rather long silence, things have been a bit crazy here.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  12. i am loving your critters. so cute. hope u r well this week. i have been doing a bit of spring cleaning. keep finding spider webs here and there. they are always so busy. ( ;

  13. Your first picture is cute :)

    All the best Jan

  14. I'm used to redwing blackbirds being quite territorial in the spring.


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