New Neighbors

Written by Daniel Gregory

March 5, 2017

Lori and I moved into a new place this past fall and we have been getting to know the neighbors. The new place backs onto a wooded area and we have a lot more yard. When the cold weather set in we started to put out a number of feeders to keep the birds (and squirrels) feed through the colder months, frozen ground and snow. We have had an unusually cold and snowy winter so I imagine that the critters in the area appreciate the buffet that Lori puts out every few days. One of our favorite neighbors is a pair of flickers. They have a number of tree branches they sit on and from there they watch the world around them. They are amazing to watch, and of course, they can make a bit of a racket on the metal roof.

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