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Hi everyone! It’s Cindy here. Lately my Nature Friday posts have been all about the birds and this weeks is no exception. Don’t worry, Millie and Walter are doing well and will be back soon.

Charlie has been working hard in his wood shop this winter to get some new feeders ready for the return of our feathered friends this spring. The first thing he did was work on a new suet feeder.

Tufted Titmouse clings to the side of the old suet feeder

The previous suet feeder, seen above, was just a suet cage attached to a piece of wood and hung from a crook. The feeder was getting old and cracked and needed an upgrade. One thing we wanted to do was cut down on some of the “bully” birds that were able to access this feeder. The new suet feeder now has four sides so only birds that can cling to the bottom such as woodpeckers, nuthatches, tufted titmice and chickadees can use it. Other birds like starlings and grackles aren’t able to hang upside down and won’t be able to use it.

Upside down suet feeder

Since the crook was still in the ground we were able to hang this feeder right away. At first the birds seemed a bit hesitant to use it even though it’s in the same place as the previous one was but after a few days the realized that it contained the same suet they all love. The good thing is that the birds that can’t hang upside down, like cardinals and sparrows,  still get to benefit by hanging out under the feeder to pick up whatever is dropped.

A trio of new feeders – (left to right)
Platform Mealworm Feeder, Double Suet Feeder, Gilbertson Style Mealworm Feeder

Charlie also made a double sized suet feeder. You can see it in the middle above.

Underneath the double suet feeder

This feeder holds two suet cakes at a time and also has sides to prevent the non-clinging birds from being able to use it. The hope is that we will finally be able to attract a Pileated Woodpecker to our feeder. We have seen pileated woodpeckers around our yard but they are too big to use the smaller feeder.

Chickadee on Mealworm Feeder

The other two feeders that Charlie made are mealworm feeders. Our old platform mealworm feeder (above) was about 10 years old and needed to be replaced. The main difference with the new feeder is that now it will be attached to a 1¼” conduit with a strap instead of the wooden bracket you see on the old feeder.

Bottom of Platform Mealworm Feeder

The holes you see are for drainage and don’t really allow the mealworms to fall out. That happens well enough when a blue jay lands in it an starts flinging the mealworms around.

The other mealworm feeder Charlie made is a Gilbertson Style Mealworm Feeder.

Gilbertson Style Mealworm Feeder

Charlie’s version doesn’t follow the plan exactly. His is slightly larger with smaller posts in the corners to allow more room in the interior areas and he uses the same mounting method as the platform feeder above. As you can see this feeder has a cup inside where the mealworms will be placed. It also has metal rods running between the posts on all four sides. This prevents larger birds like starlings, mockingbirds, robins and blue jays from entering while allowing the smaller bluebirds, wrens, chickadees and tufted titmouse access.

How to access feed cup

In order to access the cup for refilling you are able to remove one of the metal rods. On the right, in the first picture of this feeder, you can see that one of the metal rods is bent with a small stop block keeping it in place. When it’s time to refill the feeder you just unlatch the rod and slide it out so you can reach in to remove the cup, which in this case is just a ½ cup measure with the handle cut off.

Once the ground thaws out (in a couple of months) we will be able to put up a new crook for the double suet feeder and put the conduit in the ground and mount our new mealworm feeders to them. The mealworm feeders will also be fitted with squirrel baffles to keep those pesky chipmunks and squirrels from pigging out on mealworms. In case you were wondering we feed dried mealworms which I buy in bulk from Critter Boutique. That is not an affiliate link. I am providing it since I think they have the best price for bulk dried mealworms in case you want to try using them. The suet feeders don’t need squirrel baffles since I only feed C & S Hot Pepper Delight Suet cakes. The birds don’t mind the hot pepper but the squirrels and chipmunks sure don’t like it and never try it twice.

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We are joining the LLB Gang for their Nature Friday Blog Hop. You should pop over to their blog to see all the other posts.

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Hi everyone. It’s Millie & Walter here. We had a break in our hot summer weather for a couple days this week. It’s always nice to be able to spend time outside as a family. Mom was taking pictures of all the bird activity with her big lens and dad was taking pictures of the flowers around the yard. We were just hanging out and sniffing around the yard to check to see if any rabbits, squirrels or chipmunks were around. After all that exploration there was time to lay down and enjoy the weather.

I always love hanging out under the katsura tree.

Dad thinks this is the best picture he has ever taken of me. I’m keeping my eyes on the bird feeder in the perennial garden.

I’m looking forward but my ears are listening behind me.

We had a great time hanging out while mom and dad went on a photo safari in our backyard. When you have as much property as we have there are lots of things you can find to photograph. Today’s pictures were from dad and you will see some of mom’s pictures on Wild Bird Wednesday.

We’re joining The Cat on My Head for their Selfie Sunday blog hop.

You should check out the hop to see some of the other selfies.

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Hi everyone! Today is Millie’s 5th birthday*. It’s hard to believe that the little, floppy eared, bundle of spunk that came to us at 5 months old is 5 already.

Millie on her first day in her forever home

She showed her true nature on her first day here when she decided to pick a fight with one of our garden statues.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

That looks perfect dad. Can we get it please?

She had her daddy wrapped around her little paw right from the start but seriously who could resist those eyes?

I’m cute huh?

For a while both of her ears were floppy…

…but eventually her right ear started to straighten up.

Her love for snow became apparent during her first winter.


If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

In April of 2013 she welcomed Walter with open paws.

What’s daddy eating?
I don’t know but he better give me some first.

Right from the start Millie has been the happiest when she is hanging out in her backyard.

I love laying under my favorite tree

Of course she enjoys sharing her yard with Walter too.

Millie has some quirks that always make us smile.

This is what Millie does every day after breakfast. It took setting up a “hidden” camera to get it on video. If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it

One thing Millie does real well is snuggle.

You call this snuggling? I say she is hogging the bed.

Her favorite place to snuggle is right next to her dad.

A Charlie Sandwich with Millie up close to her dad

Did I mention how much she likes the snow…

…or how much she enjoys hanging out in the yard under her favorite tree?

With all the work going on in the kitchen right now there won’t be much of a celebration but we will make it up to her when the project is finished. We would like to thank Madi and her mom for sending such a sweet birthday card to Millie.

Don’t tell dad that Madi came for a visit

She also received one from Walter’s sweetie Tuiren and her family.

Thanks to our friends for sending such thoughtful cards.

Happy Birthday Millie! We love you!

* We really don’t know when her birthday is but today is a close approximation.

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Or What Not to do By Millie!

Hi everyone it’s Millie & Walter here. First we want to thank Sarge and Bites for organizing this wonderful safety week. To view all the blogs participating, go to the hop at Oz’s site.

Logo ZoomieSafety

Today it’s our turn to do a post for Safety Week! If you are a follower of our blog you may remember a few videos we showed of our high speed antics around our yard (if you need a refresher you can go here, here and here). We don’t discriminate based on the weather either. We have learned a few things about our high speed antics and thought we would let our Mini Me’s demonstrate what we have learned.

When chasing your brother don't try to run through the shrubs.

When chasing your brother don’t try to run through the shrubs.

Running into shrubs can be hazardous to your health.

Running into shrubs can be hazardous to your health.

It is best to go around the shrubbery wherever you are running. Otherwise you might end up with a stick up your nose.

As you can see, when Walter zigged Millie didn’t zag and instead ran right into one of the shrubs. This ended in an emergency trip to the vet but she recovered quickly.

The next scenario involves a tree and the same concept.

Pay attention to the obstacles in your way.

Pay attention to the obstacles in your way.

Don't run into a tree at high speed.

Don’t run into a tree at high speed.

On the 4th of July we were zooming around the yard when Millie ran full speed into a tree and hit her knee. There was a small open wound but it wasn’t bleeding. We cleaned out the wound and kept our eye on how Millie was feeling.  Since it happened on a holiday we figured she could wait until the next day to see a vet. She was a little stiff and sore the next day. The vet shaved the area around the wound and flushed it out with saline and determined that it didn’t need any stitches.

Another embarrassing injury

Another embarrassing injury

Here is a close up of the wound so if you are a bit squeamish scroll past real fast.

Nasty ouchie on the knee

Nasty ouchie on the knee

Don’t worry, in just a couple of weeks the wound was completely closed. In just a couple more weeks the hair has already completely grown back and you would never know anything had happened.

So the moral of the story is if you are going to run high speed anywhere Watch Where You Are Going!!!

Mini Millie in bubble wrap with Mini Walter - With thought bubbles

Now all I need is a helmet to be safe

We hope you enjoyed this lesson in how not to get hurt while zooming around your yard or dog park. Don’t forget to visit the other safety lessons today so go to Oz’s site to find them.

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Hi everyone! It’s Mini Millie here to tell you about something that arrived a little while ago.

Mini Millie here to tell you a story

Mini Millie here to tell you a story

A couple of weeks ago we received a package from across the pond! First I gave it a good sniff.

Mini Millie - inspects mail

Then that silly boy Walter came in and decided he needed to check it out too.

What is this?

What is this?

Since neither of us has thumbs we asked mom to help open the package. Inside were two little parcels wrapped in tissue paper.

Look at the cute presents!

Look at the cute presents!

If you look closely you can see that they have labels on them. One says “Walter” and the other says “Chipmunk”! Mom assured me that what was inside wasn’t for Walter to open so she let me do the honors. Look what I found!

It's Mini Walter and Mini Chippie!

It’s Mini Walter and Mini Chippie!

OMD they are so cute! Miss Lynne from across the pond made these two mini’s for us. Mom figured that I, Mini Millie, was getting lonely and it was about time we had a Mini Walter but I didn’t expect to see that adorable Mini Chipmunk too.

Big Millie was super excited to meet Mini Chippie.

OMD he is so cute!

OMD he is so cute!

He smells good too!

He smells good too!

Next it was time for Walter to meet his mini.

The resemblance is remarkable!

The resemblance is remarkable!

Normally Lynne makes squirrels but since we have more chipmunks around here than squirrels we asked her to make ours a chipmunk and she was more than happy to do it.

Mini Chippie - front view

Mini Chippie – front view

Mini Chippie - back view

Mini Chippie – back view

She did a great job embroidering the chipmunk stripes down his back and gave him a dark colored tail. He is just too cute!

Now check out the details on Mini Walter.

Mini Walter - left side

Mini Walter – left side

Look how she made his spotty white chest and left leg.

Mini Walter - right side

Mini Walter – right side

She also did a great job capturing the black overlay he has on much of his fur with some embroidery but she did her best work on his face.

Look at Mini Walter's under bite!

Look at Mini Walter’s under bite!

We couldn’t be happier with our two new mini’s. Dad has been thinking up some new adventures just for the mini’s to go on so stay tuned.

One Happy Mini Family

One Happy Mini Family

Thank you Lynne for doing such a great job with our new mini-me’s. If you want a mini-me of yourself just visit Lynne’s website for information on how to get your own. You won’t be disappointed.

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Hi everyone it’s Millie here. First I want to thank everyone for the fantastic birthday wishes. I’m also thrilled to have gotten three proposals for date day and have accepted the offer from Tommy. Sorry Otto and Arty maybe next event we can get together. I’m very excited to be going on a date with Tommy since he lives in France which we all know is the best place to be a dog.

Today Oz the Terrier is hosting a Limerick Day Contest so we thought we would give it a try. It fits perfectly with our Mischief Monday theme too.

The Mischief Maker

The Mischief Maker

Around our yard we have lots of chipmunks. When we run out to the yard we make a bee line where they usually hang out but have not been able to catch one yet. They are very fast and can run and hide in small holes (like our drain pipe).

Chippie ready to run up the drain pipe

Chippie ready to run up the drain pipe

I, Millie am always on watch for them when I’m inside the house. They do tease me a lot. Here is a video of me watching one. He is lucky that I’m inside the house or he would be toast.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Now here is my limerick inspired by that video.

There once was a dog named Millie
Who thought chipmunks were oh so silly
When they scurried about
It made Millie shout
And jump around like a filly

Keeping track of that Chippie is exhausting!

Keeping track of that Chippie is exhausting!

Chippie watching can be very tiring. I’m glad our windows go down low and have a nice ledge to rest my head on. One of these days that chipmunks luck is bound to run out don’t you think?

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Happy New Year everyone! I’ve been wanting to show you one of the other Christmas decorations we have, our ornament wreath. It’s in our front hall were the lighting couldn’t be worse for photographing it so I kept forgetting to get some pictures. Today I noticed it was as well lit as it was ever going to be so I snapped a few pictures for you.

Our Christmas Wreath

Our Christmas Wreath

Long before Millie & Walter came along we started using a couple of artificial wreaths to display our ornaments for Christmas. The wreath is fairly large and is a great way to keep things out of reach of curious puppies.

A cute Chickadee in a Santa Hat

A cute Chickadee in a Santa Hat

Many of the ornaments on the wreath are of birds and other wildlife we see around our house.

Chipmunk in an acorn bed

Chipmunk in an acorn bed

Some of the ornaments are gardening tools and some Santa’s with wildlife or gardening themes.

Froggie

Froggie

Fox

Fox

Rabbit

Rabbit

Owl

Owl

Deer

Deer

Goldfinches on a Feeder

Goldfinches on a Feeder

If you click on the picture of the wreath at the top you can see some of the other ornaments. I hope you have all had a good start to the New Year and enjoyed our ornament wreath too.

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Hi everyone! It’s Millie here to tell you about a little friend we have living in our back yard.

Chippy next to down spout escape route

That’s right it’s a chipmunk! Sometimes he likes to run up this down spout that sticks out into the planting bed to hide from me.

Millie watches Chippy in back yard

I like to look out the window and watch him. Here is an action video of me watching him.

If you can’t see the video you can go here to view it.

Chippy ran off to the linden tree when he was done grooming.

Chippy on linden tree

 

Later on that day as I was looking out the front door who do you think I saw?

Millie watches Chippy on front step

 

Hi Chippy! How about I come out and we can play together? 

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