Wonderful inspiration, Mariane.
Big smiles, Don, and I'd rather just have your meatloaf recipe. I have made one in the microwave
for years, but I don't think it will win awards.
Edy, I'm with Don--I'm not going to sample where the birds have been--I've watched them . . .
which leads me to this.
I've reported in recent days about the squirrels at the bottom of the big hill just beyond our patio.
Well . . . they have not been trying so hard to get on our two bird feeders out there because there has been so much birdseed on the ground below them. Mourning doves and some other big birds (we think of the mocking bird family) have been tipping the house feeder and causing all the seed to pour out on the ground. Not only has this delighted the squirrels, but also the doves, families of bunnies, and a stray chipmunk.--and worst of all, some possums at night that were not playing dead. Our bird feeder area has become a regular animal preserve in the heart of the city, just off a major street, and our yard, a small strip of grass between the patio and the hill, is giving way to bird seed.
So ---husband and I decided to get a feeder the big birds could not tip over. We went yesterday and found a cylindrical one that has roosting spots big enough for cardinals, but that will not accommodate the doves. It was interesting to watch the cardinals, as well as the bigger birds, circling the area yesterday. I saw one scratching his head and saying, "I know there was a house with a porch here just this morning."
For today the cardinals have decided they like this place and the wide assortment of smaller birds can share the new feeder or go to the old cage-feeder. I'm guessing that since there is less seed on the ground, the squirrels will try to get on the feeders again. The cycle continues!
And this story was for the birds!