Reader Anne-Marie Cournoyer in Montreal has named her backyard animal feeder “Le Cafe Sauvage” (I am honorary co-manager), and is documenting the customers. Here are a few:
There are also “early bird specials”. . .
A satisfied customer:
Today’s specials: shelled pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and toasted coconut:
Monsieur Lapin gets carrots. Note the reflection in his eye:
And some robins of spring (actually summer) sent by reader David Twenhafel:
Some American robins built a nest on my front porch light earlier this year immediately adjacent to my front door. When they first started nest-building, my wife pulled down their efforts the first few mornings. But one day she forgot. I came home for lunch and the nest was done. Five hours max to build the nest. We had a set of eggs and chicks in the spring. [JAC: They all successfully fledged.] I left the nest up to see what might happen. And now there is second set of eggs. I’ve no idea if the adults are the same or a different pair (or even if robins pair up for more than one brood).
When someone goes through the door, the robin on the nests flies to a nearby branch, complains bit, and flies to the ground to hunt for food. I’ve watched it through the windows. It can take 5 minutes or more to return to the nest.