This little suet cage hangs from a horseshoe nailed to a tree near the shelter tarp overlooking the lake in our woods at Roundrock. When I remember, I buy a cake of suet to slip into the cage on our visits. Sometimes when I return, the cake is all gone. On other visits, most of it is still there. I’ve never been able to figure why.
Of course in the summer I could expect the cake to melt and drip through the cage, and I have sense enuf not to bring the suet then. (The birds have plenty to eat at that time of the year anyway.)
When we first got the game cameras, I moved this cage to a tree beside the pine plantation. We’d seen woodpeckers of all sorts there, including a pileated that favored a snag just across the property line. I hoped that the suet cage (with a cake of suet in it, of course) would attract these entertaining birds and the game camera pointed at it would collect lots of nice pix of them for your entertainment.
All I got was a picture of a squirrel, mostly frustrated by the cage containing the tasty treat. So the cage made its way back to the lake area, and I sometimes remember to bring along a cake or two to offer the winged critters. I may get out to Roundrock on Sunday, and I’ll try to remember to bring a treat.
The family is scattered again. Rachel and Travis and Crusher left for Oregon on Tuesday. Adam left for Minnesota on Monday. In the time between med school semesters, he wanted to go on a road trip with the guys. (Road trips tend to seem like a better idea than they actually become, at least in my experience.) Seth will leave us tomorrow, but he’ll have a chance to see Aaron and Amber tonight when they get in from Indiana for a day. They leave on the first for western Kansas where the new school semester awaits. There was one day when we had all of them together. Wish I had thought to take a picture.
- New Yearâ€™s Eve
- Hang up next yearâ€™s Natural Events Calendar.
Today in Missouri history:
- Missouri Governor Alexander McNair signed the bill designating the site for the City of Jefferson on this date in 1821.
- â€œLittle Mackâ€ Joseph McCullagh was born on this date in 1896. As a newspaper man in St. Louis he pioneered the use of the interview for news coverage, foresaw the importance of illustrations, and set the stage for modern political convention coverage.