Friday, September 12, 2008

I Hate It When They're Cute


Please remember to click on this picture to get the full cuteness effect.  
English Sparrows are the bane of my birdy existence.  They are prolific poopers, prolific breeders, known song bird killers, disease carriers and can eat their weight in chicken food every day.  
Okay, that last one is just my imagination, but I believe they eat as much chicken food as the chickens.  Really.  I've tried everything to keep them out of the chicken coop, but they're smart little buggers.  They also make it nearly impossible for the songbirds to get near my bird feeders.  The poor titmice and chickadees have to elbow their way in.  The cardinals manage to hold their own.  
All that is why this picture pains me.  The sprinkler system was going this morning and I looked out to see this pretty little scene behind my pool.  Two pairs of the darn flying rats, enjoying a moment at Spa CeeCee.  Oh well, at least it means that there are four fewer sparrows eating chicken food at the moment.   

10 comments:

  1. You are right. They really are cute. But as you know, cute can be deceiving.

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  2. Oh CeeCee! This picture is contest worthy. It's cute, clever, unique and centered. And the subjects are so animated.

    The colors of the pool tiles, the saturated green of the tree and the rich oranges of the flowers make this just perfect!


    ~Lisa
    Laughing Orca Ranch
    New Mexico

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  3. Vonda, you know better than I, that cute can be deceiving--"Here, kitty, kitty."

    Thanks Lisa, I thought it was a good picture too. I don't often pat myself on the back, but the colors were too much to resist. It was just by accident that I got their reflection on the water.

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  4. What a magnificent picture! Rich colors, cute subject. Yeah, well sorry, but you're right. They are cute. Too bad they have to be such a nuisance! And that line about the "flying rats at Spa CeeCee" totally cracked me up.

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  5. How's the weather where you are? I put marcee on her plane this morning headed to dallas/fort worth - I hope it's not too blustery up there and there aren't too many airport delays! Houston and Galveston sound like they are a mess... :-(

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  6. Oh yeah... :-) Sorry about your sparrows...I hate starlings. I've heard we chicken-owners have to be careful of the wild birds because of potential disease spread. Have you heard this, too?

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  7. Danni, we didn't get one drop of rain! As for Marcee, I hope she gets home. The DFW area is going to get lots and lots of rain. Unfortunately, one of my very good friends owns a business in Lake Charles, LA and it looks as though it might be a total loss for them.

    Wild birds can/do carry diseases. I'm quite sure my chickens got Avian Pox several months ago because of the sparrows. Yes, chickens get chicken pox. :) Luckily mine got the "dry" version of the disease and lived. If they'd have gotten the 'wet' version, they'd have died.

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  8. Oh, but they're on the endangered list over here... Shame they're such pests for you - but great pic... found you via the widget, great blog!

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  9. Hey CeeCee,

    I'm so glad that Ike bypassed you. But I do hope you get some rain coming your way soon.

    I just spoke with my best friend who lives in The Woodlands, just north of Houston off I-45.

    The hurricane basically blew right through their neighborhood. Many large trees were knocked down or pulled out of the ground, branches everywhere, fence knocked down, power still out, some minor flooding.

    And she is about 40 mins from downtown Houston. She works in the Exxon Building on Bell St.

    Her power is still out, but the HEB store nearby is open(with several mega generators turned on. She said it was freezing cold inside the store, though not all the lights were turned on.), though HEB is still out of ice. But at least people nearby can pick up some food to cook on their grill.

    The temps are cooling off in The Woodlands area just a bit, but the humidity is terrible.

    My friend's two biggest gripes are that the 80 mph gusts of wind damaged her roof and now her bedroom has a several leaks, including a large leak right above her bed.
    And because the power is out, her pool (and many of her neighbor's pools) are completely filled with pine needles, debris(like roof tiles, wood, patio furniture, etc) and is green and sludgy.

    She is worried that mosquitos will find the swimming pool a nice breeding ground if it can't be cleaned and treated soon.

    And it seems that it's not going to happen real soon, because there is a long waiting list for both the roof repairs and the swimming pool treatment.

    But it's kind of moot anyway because without electricity (which probably won't be turned on for at least 2 weeks) the pool can't be filtered.

    They are going to try to get a generator Fed-Exd asap so they can plug in their fridge and a couple fans and lights, but getting one for their pool is a little crazy with the cost of fuel to operate the generator.

    But like she said, She feels pretty lucky. Many of the people along the coast have it so much worse...have no home to live in at all.

    ~Lisa
    Laughing Orca Ranch
    New Mexico

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  10. Sparx, thanks for dropping by. That black box thing is fun. It's funny, I remember having just one baby and wondering how much therapy he'd need because I didn't have a clue what I was doing. I ended up having two more kids, and I figured out pretty much how not to damage them too much. :) You blog is fun, hang in there.

    LIsa,
    We were so lucky. I feel a pretty guilty for whining about not getting any rain. This morning, I was walking out to the end of the drive to get the paper and thinking about the hurricane.
    We've had a cool front with us for the last 3 days/nights. It's been glorious and I feel a little guilty about how good it makes me feel--folks in my state are suffering. I just send up a little prayer in thanks for the wonderful weather we are having and also ask what I can do to relieve the suffering of others. I sincerely doubt God gets any pleasure from my guilt.

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