Bird-LunchTime-MyBackyard--June2016  ‘Grumpy Gramps’ comes from having been around the walks of life now for a good long time and since my grandkids once in a while say ‘oh, oh, Gramps/Papa is grumpy’ – well it just seemed to be fitting to call these spouts of ‘getting something off my chest’ as coming from ‘Grumpy Gramps’.

Those darn black birds, pretty sure they are not crows but they are a pain in the day.

Here’s the deal – my wife and I have a decent backyard without many trees within it as of now, though we are in the process with a red bud, a spruce and a couple of maple trees.  Within the fenced area of our backyard we do have a small patio, a few rose bushes, a shed for the lawnmower and other yard needs, plus five bird and one squirrel feeders (at this point).

Nothing seems to relieve the stress of the day for my wife, and if you know her you know she is one that worries about everything and everybody, is to look out over the backyard from the patio door and watch the birds and squirrels nibbling away at the morsels we have filled the feeders with.

Wish I could sit here and rattle off the type of birds we have by name, but I can’t because either I don’t know or I just can’t remember.  But I do know we have this little chickadee type birds with light red head wraps, a few robins, a solid pair of doves, some type of bird that is a dark black with wonderful bright red and orange stripes on the shoulders, plus a few miscellaneous small birds and those few of those big black birds.

When we fill the bird feeders we were hoping the five feeders would last several days, nope most recent fill up made less than 36 hours and much of it seems to be those few big black birds.

These big black birds, like a bluejay we had around last summer, fly in and scare off all the rest of the birds with the exception of them doves as nothing seems to rattle them.  After the birds get run off these big black birds just eat away.

I guess what really got me going on the whole thing was when the big black birds just blew through one of my bird feeders that was full of bird food for a certain style of birds and them big black birds was not on that list.

But because I can’t stand at the patio door and rock back and forth in a bright red t-shirt to scare off them big black birds 24 hours a day, my brain has been rattling trying to come up with some idea on how to get them big black birds to go chow down somewhere else – and yes it even cross my mind to make some kind of scarecrow – like a stay away sign, like the birds can read!!

So for now Grumpy Gramps will just have to budget for more bags of various types of bird and squirrel feed, because the relaxing watch of the backyard birds is worth a whole lot more than not having the bird feed to keep them birds a coming.

There you have it, another ‘Grumpy Gramps’ and while many may be spewing about things they don’t like or see has being wrong – many times it will be just ‘getting it off my chest’ type of sharing.  So enjoy, think about it and if you feel the need or want – send me a comment or two and ‘Grumpy Gramps’ promises to get back to you.

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