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16 June, 2009

Outdoor Wednesday...or...The Bird Feeder Mystery

It's time for Outdoor Wednesday with our gracious hostess, Susan at A Southern Daydreamer! Be sure to visit her beautiful blog to see what everyone is doing to take advantage of our wonderful weather!



I would like your help in solving a mystery! My bird feeder stays empty! I fill it up every day, but by the next day, it's all gone! I cannot figure out what is going on!



It can't be the robin. She's busy with her nest. She certainly did fuss at me when I took this picture! She eats insects, anyway.



It can't be the bluebirds, either. They are also busy nesting. These eggs haven't even hatched!



It's not this house finch! He's just a baby and his mom is feeding him. I think he'll be flying away any time now because he sure is big!



It can't be the squirrels because I don't have any. My trees are too short. This one lives in Asheville, North Carolina, and I don't think he followed me home!



Ohhhhhh!

Thanks for dropping by! Please head on over to Susan's to see who else is participating! I'll see you next time! A la prochaine!

52 comments:

  1. Ooooohhhhhh.... What a beauty! I wouldn't mind filling up the bird feeders for these guys! ☺ Diane

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  2. How funny I was going to guess an opposum but it seems you caught the culprit. :)

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  3. Wow, I had no idea that the deer would eat the food out of the bird feeder. How interesting. All of your little birds are so cute and the little blue bird eggs, we never see those here. Great post. I voted again today, and I hope everyone does. You are the best. Hugs, Marty

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  4. Un cerf qui a le faim d'un loup (c'est le bon mot?) Je pense que nous aussi avons eu un"finch" chez nous....la maman a fait son nid dans le verser(le bon mot?) Je suis fatigué et un peu paresseuse...je dois checher le mot dans le dictionnaire, mais....plus tard! Linda : )

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  5. C'est moi encore...une faim de loup....aussi "arrosoir"...zut..je le sais...j'ai oublié. à la prochaine....Lina

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  6. Cute post. :) Love the shot of the robin's eggs.

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  7. "Pour pleurant à haute voix" (mdr) J'ai mal écrit mon nom! Linda

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  8. Oh, Debbie!! Each of these photos are precious! You certainly have a lot of critters around your house!!

    How lucky you had your camera handy when you caught the culprit redhanded!

    Great post!

    xoxo
    Jane

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  9. Happy Outdoor Wednesday Debbie! We have many deer too...and although they are very pretty... they do eat everything!!! Thanks for sharing your photos.~ Susan

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  10. I love your post! We have deer all over our property. Last week while we were gone they knocked over our bird bath and broke it into fifty pieces. I guess they are liitle birdie "wanta-bes". Thanks for sharing.
    Charla

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  11. This is great, Debbie! I laughed out loud, about your mystery guest...what a treat!

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  12. Debbie, You must have the relatives of the deer that live by us! With the woods across the street they prefer the "salad bar" in my flower garden! I saw one walking through this morning!

    I dont know how much extra time I will have in Atlanta as we are helping my daughter while she has her wisdom teeth out. Taking care of a busy 18-month old will be a handful! Perhaps we should exchange numbers...email me if you would like to do that!!
    Good luck with all your new baby birds!!

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  13. What a surprise! I was sure that it was the squirrels!!

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  14. Too funny Debbie I just got photos of my deers cleaning out my bird feeders and stood right next to them while they were doing it...I swear mine aren't even afraid of me...I think I live in their yard...Hope you have a great Wednesday my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  15. Did you at least get a tip for the great service you provide each day?

    The bird/nest/egg photos are wonderful. I've been trying to get shots like that around my garden but no one is cooperating. Might be the big yellow barking dog that keeps dropping a soccer ball at my feet as I try to take photos!LOL!
    I'm so glad I finally got to see eggs in a nest.
    Dawn

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  16. My mother used to put out a salt lick and a bale of hay for the deer. Their yard backed up against the woods. Every evening they would be 2 to 5 deer.

    Once I got a bear drinking out of my birdbath, then she stood up on her hind legs and ate from the bird feeder.

    Buy the bully birds are the ones who clean out my bird feeders now.

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  17. I was thinking squirrel - but you proved me wrong. That was a cool shot of your mystery guest. ~ Robyn

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  18. Hi Debbie,
    That looks like my yard, only they have no fear! I have to go out and stomp my feet and shoe them away before they eat all my new plants. This is a cute post, love the birdie pics and eggs. Cindy

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  19. I was positive that you were going to say a squirrel - ours are masters of getting into all the "squirrel proof" feeders. Never would have guessed a deer! Love all your yard birdies!

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  20. I think EVERYONE got a Target bird except me. They were all gone. :-(

    We got a hard rain this evening and when it stopped a deer walked out into the back yard. I didn't have my camera out.

    Hugs

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  21. I love that shot of the deer! They come and eat out of mom's feeders almost every day. That squirrel sure is cute, are you sure he didn't hitch a ride? And you have such pretty birds! Great post Debbie. I voted again this morning and hope everyone votes every day! Hugs, Kat

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  22. I was certain it was a wily squirrel that was the bird food thief!! That is one sneaky Bambi!! I so loved your bird photos! We have a robin's nest again this summer--right above where one was last year. I found part of a blue shell on the ground beneath the nest last week and the parents have been busy since then feeding their young one! I haven't seen any little bird heads sticking up, yet. The parents won't let us get close!

    Have a great Wednesday!! Dana

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  23. That's amazing,Debbie! Even more so that you were able to catch the little booger! What a beautiful creature those deer are, though! Even got cute little deer bums!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  24. HAHHAHAAAA! I thought it was some squirrels for sure! This was a great post!

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  25. So if I buy bird food for the deer they will leave my roses and lilies alone...???
    I don't like them..I had Lyme disease ( bitten by a deer tic...tiny as a poopy seed) and I was really sick...10 weeks..
    Today I worked outside all day. When I showered I picked a tic off my knee.
    They are beautiful animals, but me no like! :(

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  26. One photo is cuter than the next. The last of the deer is especially dear. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us. Have a wonderful day.

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  27. Very funny story. I love the pictures and I am so glad you found the culprit.
    hehe
    Have a great day

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  28. How cute the three little blue eggs in the nest....

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  29. Funny! Now you know who is guilty.
    Glenda

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  30. how sad that he is that hungry!! but funny at the same time!

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  31. Dear Debbie,
    Happy Outdoor Wednesday
    what a sweet post...that would make a very cute childrens story....I would have never dreamed it was a deer...awesome...I heard they will eat everything.
    great post
    hugs
    debbie

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  32. Oh those sneaky deer! They are eating all of my hostas and yesterday the leaves on my beautiful hydrangeas were all gone. They are driving me nuts this year! Debbie, I am doing a post on wonderful flea market/garage sale finds soon and wondered if I could post a picture and mention your fabulous blog?
    joy c. at grannymountain

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  33. Oh how cute, Dbbie! I love deer, I htink they are the gentlest creatures. We get them all the time but I did not know they eat bird feed. The food at the Myrtles was delicious. I got a sampler (gumbo, chicken and dumplings and jambalaya) cause I wanted to try more than one and each one is as good as the other. Just make sure you visit me when you get nearby!...Christine

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  34. What a funny story! I would never have guessed a deer! Thanks for visiting my blog... Ferdinand is one of my very favorite children's books and CB reminds me of him. I am a retired teacher too... I bet we have a lot in common!

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  35. I totally thought a squirrel was the binge eater, I would never have guessed a deer. Well, I guess that keeps him away from the flowers and the bushes!

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  36. Debbie: I am hosting a French foreign exchange for the summer. I am looking forward to it. Do you have any advice?
    He is a 14 year old boy.
    Kathy

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  37. that deer knows where to get the good stuff.

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  38. Since you are a BA customer you can also go free to other venues including the zoo and history center etc. If you show your Fulton Cty drivers license you can go to the Art museum free one weekend a month. We live in the city so we take advantage of all the city has to offer and we like free. Now if they would only add the aquarium to all these lists I would be thrilled. If you and Linda come my way please let me know as I would enjoy seeing you both again.
    Joyce

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  39. You are kidding me?
    Deer eat the birdseed?

    Your yard is lovely Debbie! :)

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  40. Cute post! I was guessing a raccoon as they always empty our feeders.
    Carolyn

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  41. Deb, I love the little nest with the eggs in it,so sweet. I think Mr. Deer has found a new favorite restaruant. Great pictures. kathysue

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  42. LOL....well, I guess birdfeed is better than mystery meatloaf!
    http://mysterymeatloaf.blogspot.com/

    Great shot! LOL

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  43. lovely post!! Those darn DEERS... :)

    TTFN ~~Claudia

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  44. is that possum? oh my.. curiosity kills the cat! heheheh

    thanks for sharing these great photos and happy OW. Have a great day too

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  45. Hi Debbie...I have missed visiting your blog since I've been out for a while. I also was ready to blame a squirrel for stealing your birdseed...you got a great shot of the "getaway" thief...LOL
    ;-) Bo

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  46. Ha! now that was a surprize to me! Our deer leave our bird feeders alone... probably because the food they find in the veggie garden is so much more fresh and delicious!

    great post Deb! mystery solved!

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  47. Debbie, I'm doing a post on blogs who find the best GW bargains and you are the Queen! May I use the picture of the Nippon plate you bought for 50 cents and of course I am going to talk about Confessions of a Plate Addict! Just let me know if it's ok.
    joy c. at grannymountain

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  48. Hi Debbie. Thank you for your welcome words.Glad to be home altho it was a great vacation. Will start showing pictures as soon as possible.
    Riet

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  49. Debbie, I think you're going to need a bigger bird feeder. That's going to take a LOT of bird seed! How pretty. laurie

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  50. Debbie, I think you're going to need a bigger bird feeder. That's going to take a LOT of bird seed! How pretty. laurie

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie