Have you ever seen a white squirrel before? I hadn't until we moved to this area - in fact I didn't even know that there existed such a beautiful creature. There are several tales of how this breed came to be in the area - the one that seems to hold people's interest the most is that someone from a circus brought them to town. I sort of like the idea that a few of these intrepid critters might have escaped from the confines of a circus side show and made their home here in these hills.
We don't regularly feed the birds - but we do have this clay tray where we place left over cereal or crackers or even some nuts - as you can see this character is dining in style.
I can't tell the difference between one or the other so I'm not sure exactly how many we have here in our yard. I do know that there is one that visits our front yard, right outside the front door, every evening. He loves to play in the moss, looking for seeds, acorns, etc. We also have a very small pond there and I'm sure he stops by for a drink. I try to stay discreetly in the background so that he'll continue to come back each evening.
"The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful." - e. e. cummings