The sparkling glass lawn ornanament hanging from a wooden pole next to my front yard wildflower meadow now doubles as a bird feeder. Within hours of tossing in a big double hand full of sunflower seeds a trio of chickadees discovered their slice of easy picking heaven. That was five days ago. I would fill the feeder each day around 6:30 a.m. And each day by sunset chickadees would have the feeder half empty. But yesterday morning a new twist: the feeder was empty less than an hour after filling. No spillage on the ground. And no morbidly obese bloated chickadees flopping on the ground moaning, "What have we done?" As I pondered the problem of vanishing seed I spotted movement in the tall grasses. I grabbed my camera, refilled the feeder and waited from a lawn chair barely twenty feet away. Chickadees returned in just seconds and then in a flash of fur and motion and incredible leaping abiltity a ground-loving chipmunk curled into the hanging glass feeder and stuffed his cheek pouch to the max. Another leap sent him flying to the ground and racing off to his underground cache. And while he unloaded his booty of snatched seeds the chickadees returned to grab seeds one by one. Chipmunk returned and loaded up again. And then the chickadees. 42 minutes later the feeder was empty. Lesson #1
learned: Nature's creature adapt to opportunity. Lesson # 2:
That twenty pound sack of seed won't last long. And tonight when I went to the shed to put away tools I had Lesson #3
looking at me. White-footed mice have discovered my seed bin. That too is nature's way.