Sharing Corn With Your Homies…

Excuse me… Do I KNOW you??

The feeding station down at the bottom of the slope is a favorite spot for me to observe wildlife.  A large tub of water, two feeding containers with goat or deer pellets, a corn log squirrel feeder,  and a hanging corn feeder provide a nice stopping place for wildlife.  I often see Ms. Foxy leaning over the tub to have a long drink of water in the early morning.  All throughout the day I see various birds feeding and having water, sitting in the trees above, and swooping down for a little pecking around.  Many skunks, opossums, raccoons and deer make up the usual night visitors.

Scram Buddy! This is MY corn!
Didn’t you HEAR me?? BEAT IT!!

We set the feeding station up primarily as a spot to attract wild deer to the area and provide them supplemental feed.  Years ago, FD placed a fancy, battery-operated corn feeder further back on the property.  It dispersed a shower of corn several times a day.  It was exciting to see the wild deer frequenting the area.  Then one day the feeder was gone.  Stolen.  We eventually learned who had stolen it as word got around via local hunters about a certain person having a certain feeder for sale. But we never got the feeder back.  Some hunter likely bought it and the thief took the money to buy his next bag of dope.

I thought I made myself clear BUSTER!

Our next feeder was given to FD by a friend.  It was a simple metal bucket decked out with a camouflage pattern on the side.  FD hung it in a tree with a rope.  It is an inexpensive model, but it does the job and, so far, has not been attractive to thieves.  After our fancy feeder was stolen, I was in no mood to spend a lot of money on a replacement in case someone decided to steal from us again.  We placed the new hand-me-down feeder nearer the house, at the bottom of our slope, where we could keep an eye on it for wild diners and would-be thieves.  From our perch on the back porch, we have enjoyed many hours watching various animals and birds frequent the spot.  A nice zoom lens on the camera provides for capturing nice images without disturbing the scene below.

I SEE you back there!

Last week I spotted Daisy acting strange while down at the feeding station.  I noticed a squirrel darting around and acting just as crazy.  It was soon apparent what the problem was.  As Daisy turned her attention back to eating corn, the opportunistic squirrel suddenly darted in from the side, snatching up stray kernels of corn that fell to the ground as Daisy licked at the basket on the feeder.  I am not sure just what Daisy was thinking about Mr. Squirrel, but it soon became apparent she was either becoming irritated or thought she had a new playmate.  I watched them go the rounds for several minutes.  Daisy would chase Mr. Squirrel away a short distance, or sometimes only take a few threatening steps in his direction as if to say, “Don’t MAKE me come after you!”.  Finally, I noted that Daisy seemed to have given up on sending Mr. Squirrel packing, as they now appeared to be eating in harmony. A couple of Collared Doves were pecking around near the feeder as well.   All critters wild seemed to be sharing in the bounty.

Eating in harmony!

I have observed humans in the same light many times.  I believe it is the deepest part of our spirit that naturally feels compelled to share and give of ourselves.  At times, I have foolishly fought for something that I thought was mine, only to realize later that I may have hurt another or caused someone to do without because of my behavior.  In the end, I didn’t feel victory or righteous about my actions.  God/Universe provides all that we need.  Losing that fancy corn feeder wasn’t the worst thing to ever happen.  And, though I felt violated and angry at the time and jumped straight to the thought that the thief, who was a known druggie, had stolen it for drug money,  I didn’t really know his situation. I had heard that he was sometimes homeless, desperate, and a drug addict. But I have never experienced life as he has and, in his shoes, might have done the same.

Daisy deer does not think along the lines that I and other humans do.  She was simply sharing corn with her homies and I believe she was just having a bit of fun with them in the process.  Deer are generally curious about other creatures, friend or foe, and she only reacts as instinct tells her, living in the moment. In this life, every animal, every person, has the opportunity to befriend another and share with them.  Who ever knows when that new friend might just be the one who will be there for you to rely upon or count on someday?

Working as a team to raid the corn feeder! The hanging squirrel is a clever one. He pushes the ball to release corn while his buddy eats the fallen corn. It took dozens of tries for him to get in position. He finally achieved position by climbing up the tree, down the rope and sliding down the barrel, barely catching his feet on the corn cup.

© Day by Day the Farm Girl Way…


19 thoughts on “Sharing Corn With Your Homies…

  1. Very nice blog! I’m glad your back…I missed reading your words. I really enjoyed your spiritual reflection. You weaved that together very nicely. I loved the photos and captions and your new background for the blog. Your Daisy is lovely and such a gift in the spiritual and the natural. You’re in my prayers as always…

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    1. Thanks Josie! It’s good to be back. I had writer’s block for a while, and then the weather got nice and I found myself outside playing in the dirt! The new background is for spring. Everything is blooming around here and smelling like a lovely sachet. Daisy is lovely too… and so funny. In just a couple of months she’ll be a yearling! Hard to believe… it’s gone so fast. There is still much to learn about the deer people. Thank you for helping me along that road, and my personal journey as well!

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    1. Thank you Mike! Daisy sure is growing up, and a beauty to boot! I had writer’s block for a while… darned winter months! Spring is working her magic and I feel good again!

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    1. I was astounded myself! This guy would have had to have taken it apart and lugged it quite a way as well. It was a tripod-type feeder so it was a big piece of equipment. From now on we’ll just have the cheaper model and keep things close to the house where I can put my eagle eye on it!

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  2. Oh girl, you really hit the ball out of the park on this one! WOW!!! Between the pictures and your commentary that literally had me laughing out loud, and your take home message inspired by these beautiful creatures, I am almost speechless… You really have me thinking on this one, such wise words and thoughts you are imparting my friend 🙂 It made me really angry to hear about your feeder though and I really admire the way that you are trying to understand the thief’s reasoning for stealing it, that is not always so easy… This story is gonna stay with me… So glad your back, always such an inspiration 🙂

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    1. Thanks Karen, it’s good to be back. I had writers block for such a long time it seemed. And, in part, with spring weather arriving here I tended to spend a lot of time outdoors, digging in the dirt, readying myself for flower beds and two garden patches. I think the dirt work was therapeutic in curing the writers block. I had captured these Daisy and squirrel photos a while back. I knew there was a story… just had to wait for the ego to calm down and allow spirit to heal!

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  3. Loved the pictures. The squirrels are so cute. Do you think the smart one is Frosty? I bet he takes after his Dad FD.

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    1. Ha!! It could be Frosty, since this squirrel doesn’t mind being photographed and Frosty was a ham in front of the camera. I got so tickled watching Daisy and this squirrel. Daisy was sure giving it the “eyeball” treatment!!

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    1. Squirrels are so funny to watch. We have so many here and they each have their own personalities! Daisy seems to enjoy most critters we have around here. Even the birds hang out with her at the corn feeder, cleaning up what drops. It’s like a scene from Bambi down there at times!

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  4. Littlesundog, this deer and these two squirrels are truly, truly like us, aren’t they. If only we were half so adorable and harmless when going after what we think is “ours”! Bless you for all these priceless photos and magical captions!

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    1. Granbee, it is true! What if humans WERE harmless when it came to “our” stuff? Animals do not hold a grudge, and somehow, some way, they work it out and move on. Even in physical battles most times, one will submit or back off, giving up the battle. The dominant one doesn’t gloat and act pompous. They live in the moment. Accept and move on. Sometimes that means sharing and sometimes it means moving on and finding something else. Thank you for that beautiful wisdom my friend!

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  5. Feeder politics! Adore the shots with the squirrel (s). They are clever. Nice of Daisy to share.
    Sorry about your fancy feeder – it sounds wonderful. When my dad moved into town and left the little farmhouse undefended, it seems like people stole everything – even if it was nailed down. We constantly had to repair the back door. They stole our old metal woodburning stove which heated about half the house in the winter. As you said, either ended up in flea market or sold for dope. Very sad the way humans act sometimes.
    So let’s just watch the deer and cheer up!

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    1. We love watching the squirrels year-round. They are indeed very clever… and their antics are hilarious!

      I’m with you about watching the deer and keeping good cheer! One thing I love about this place is that it is easy to concentrate on the good things of nature and observe the ways of wildlife. It’s most precious to be able to live with wildlife so near, and to take in all that nature offers us. It’s a little piece of heaven!

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