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9 Lives, Feeding All The Woodland Critters

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don’t touch this bird, you could get melanerpes

Crivens, red bellied woodpeckers eat cat food. Every critter in the forest eats cat food, especially catbirds, except maybe squirrels. I haven’t seen any snakes doing it. Yet.

Sniffles, our itty bitty indoor cat, will sit at the window for hours waiting for a chipmunk or mouse to come and have a taste. She ignores the deer, the trash pandas, and any of the creatures bigger than her “massive” 5 1/2lb self, but is hypnotized by the little twitchy animals that visit the feeding bowl. She doesn’t do anything, but she does get all bushy and buggy eyed when they come by. Moe, Moe-ette, and their broods of baby possums don’t get her worked up either. Too big, too slow.

I was in the kitchen making yet another cup of coffee when I saw a movement from the corner of my eye. Our outdoor kitteh Ginger has his dish just outside our kitchen slider. We usually feed him at first light, but sometimes he doesn’t eat it all. Sometimes he comes back later. Sometimes he doesn’t show up, especially if the weather isn’t nice. And it’s not that nice today, super humid and slightly warm, with periods of rain here and there. Typical NJ day actually. 

So there’s a bit of cat food left in his dish today. And hopping around and having a few pecks at it is a red bellied woodpecker. Life in the frickin’ jungle, get that protein in where you find it. After he ate what he wanted I put the dish in the fridge, because we’re not supposed to leave food out, and we’re under a Bear Alert. Some black bear has been sighted here several nights in a row, so everybody panic!! But how about that. Woodpeckers and cat food. Who knew? 


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