The squirrels go to great lengths to thwart the feeder's protective features.
|He contemplates his strategy|
|He maneuvers into position, careful not to press down on the lever when reaching for the seed|
|The effort requires great balance|
|Rest is required between each gymnastic exercise|
|Do you think he worries if he looks fat from behind?|
|When he's had enough, he climbs on another feeder to contemplate the view (hazy today)|
Meanwhile, the fountain, perhaps more appropriately called a bird bath, is also getting a lot of attention right now.
|A sparrow dries off after a bath|
|An Oriole couple are caught splashing about before flying back to the Mimosa tree to preen|
|Even the hummingbirds occasionally stop their frenetic activity to take a dip|
My apologies for the generally poor quality of these pictures. All were taken through glass from inside the house. Most of the subjects don't like their activities interrupted by camera-carrying humans. Some, including several Orioles and Scrub Jays, refused to participate at all.