Birdhouse Watching

Birdhouse Watching in an English country garden.  What Bliss!

During our stay in England, extra birdseed was put in the old Birdhouse since the English winters can be tough for the little birds to find enough food.  Crammed full of goodies, the Birdhouse certainly became a popular haunt for small squadrons of finches and robins to fly in for a spot of lunch!

Goodie for me!  This meant that I had my own live ‘Birdhouse television’ which I could watch from the comfort of my warm, snuggly daybed. Open-mouth smile

Some of the birds may have visited the Birdhouse a little too often!

Everyday, after a nice long forest run, I would settle down on my daybed and nod off whilst relaxing and gazing through the glass door at the little birdies hopping around.  Zzzzzzz! Sleepy smile

I was not at all bothered about these teeny-weeny birdies skydiving into the rickety Birdhouse.  I didn’t get the doggie brain-freeze feeling to rush and chase them off, which I always get when I see the Squirrel!

However, one afternoon,  as I was slowly opening my eyes after a very nice sleep and expecting to see a few lilliputian birdies, I saw..Arggghhhhh!

Inside the Birdhouse sat my nemesis, the SQUIRREL!

He was munching all the food and had scared the birdies away! Steaming mad

I rarely bark unless I am convinced it’s serious, but I found myself blowing air into my cheeks and mustering up a kind of  “awuwuu”…”awuuuu”…”awuwuu”..”aruuuuuf?”

I had to squish my nose up to the glass door before the Squirrel noticed me, then he zoomed off.  Grrrrr Vampire bat

Since that day, I vowed to stay alert and on duty around the garden door.  My once sleepy corner with a garden view became HQ for Zola’s Squirrel Surveillance Service!

For fear of missing the Squirrel and failing in my new role as ‘Protector of the Birdhouse’, my new Anti-Squirrelism activities included:

  • Crack of dawn spying through the closed curtains..a cunning plan eh?

  • A lot of standing around like a statue to fool Squirrel that I was part of the furniture.

  • Creeping low in hunt mode ready to sprint.  A long shot, but it felt good anyway.

  • Extra garden patrol duties (until I got called back!), especially the need to stand by the tree I saw Squirrel run up during his first escape.

To add the vital element of surprise on enemy Squirrel, I decided it was well worth waking my human up earlier every morning with power nose-jabs and bruise-worthy nudges to ensure she opened the garden door for my additional Birdhouse checks.

Birdhouse Watching was never the same again…Humpf! Confused smile

It started to drive my human nuts! Embarrassed smile

About bigdogzola

Hello - I'm Zola! I'm a Rhodesian Ridgeback Girl with my own Dog Blog! For the first three years of my life, I lived on the French Riviera. Now I have moved and am enjoying the lush green forests and country life in England. Welcome to a big dog's life!
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8 Responses to Birdhouse Watching

  1. It’s good that you are taking your role as “Protector of the Birdhouse” seriously! I know how sneaky those squirrels can be. They used to try to tease me and come halfway down the tree trunk, just out of my reach. They were making fun of me because I was so short in the leg. Good job Zola! I wish you luck!

    ~Treasure the Dachshund

  2. Anti-Squirellism, that is brilliant Zola! You are doing such a great job, those beautiful little Robin and finches should be very happy they have their very own security system 🙂

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes

  3. Flo says:

    Good job Zola! I notice that there were no lions there either. Well done.

  4. Zola is the sentry guard and a very good one I might add….you know I love the background bokeh in the first 2 just makes them pop! Lovely!

  5. Goose says:

    squirrels are very sneaky. Good thing you are on the job to protect and serve.
    You are one of my MOM’s favorite kind of dogs. I’m still her favorite of course, but she has always admired your breed.

  6. Zola, your bum looks just like mine! Mt Typist had a shock when she saw the picture. i’m part ridgy you know and “hunt” just like that. crouch, crouch, spring! lol.

  7. bigdogzola says:

    I doubt if your bum looks as big as mine in that picture where I’m spying through the curtains..

  8. bigdogzola says:

    Funny that Goose…you are one of my human’s favourite kind of doggies too! x

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