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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Monochrome Monday: Animal House



This was intended as a nesting box for the woodpeckers who tried to enlarge holes on small nesting boxes. It was a waste as those boxes were too small for them even though they drilled open bigger holes. The sharp tacks coming out of this box were intended to discourage squirrels. It didn't work. The squirrels are undeterred by the tacks and took over this box.

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19 comments:

Dragonstar said...

You really do suffer from squirrels! The tacks make an interesting pattern, and I've always loved wood in B&W.

Dina ... UK said...

Never thought about Woodpeckers..in a wooden nesting box..:-/

Aileni said...

Great contrast and textures.

I am rather glad we don't have squirrels.

Lene said...

Ohh... Are the cute squirrels really that pestering!! And I - who whish I had at least one in my garden - but no..

janeywan said...

I'm with you on the squirrels. We suffer from an over abundance of them in Denver, not here in Westcliffe thank heavens!

Cool photo!

John said...

Great black and white photo!

Catherine said...

Defences were not adapted ? The enemy was ingenious ?
At least, it was well-thought.

A great subject for B&W, that way we appreciate all the details of the woodpeckers "fortification".
They just wanted to build it by their own way.

vincibene said...

Beautiful and interesting picture!

starnitesky said...

Squirrels don't seem to be deterred by anything, the tacks look sharp!

Babooshka said...

No squirrels or woodpeckers here in the island. The tones and textures really do stand out in mono.

Barbara said...

Love the texture of the wood. great in B&W
Smiles B

Robin said...

Great subject for mono, it's got quite a lot of character.

My parents used to have a birdfeeder and my father had a running battle trying to keep the squirrels from eating all the food!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Squirrels know a good thing when they see it.

mommanator said...

that is so bizarre looking.

Kerri said...

Love the title! Neat shot!

John's Arts & Crafts said...

Birds are not the only creature that needs a nesting box! New blog on the Hx. of the Ladybug:
http://historyoftheladybug.blogspot.com/

Squirrel said...

It doesn't surprise me one bit that squirrels have taken over the feeder regardless of the tacks.

I know they can be pesky at times and they take over almost every bird feeder regardless of its design but…they really are amazing and amusing creatures to watch in action as they try to overcome these obstacles.

**tainted view from a squirrel lover**

Liz said...

Squirrels are so determined! I don't think anything stops them.

Julie said...

Funny story, squirrels do have a way of getting their way don't they.

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