I was thrilled last week to see an oriole flitting through my back yard. I have not seen them here before and so of course I rushed out to buy a platform feeder to put some goodies out specifically to draw them in. My current feeders did not have any tasty treats that they like and I wanted to attract more and more of these lovelies to our backyard.
I got the needed items and carefully put the platform feeder and nectar feeder up where I would be able to observe them feasting. It didn’t take long and they came —I have had 6 at one time feasting on oranges and grape jelly which I have had to replenish daily. They love it.
And then–just like that—someone had to go and spoil the fun.
I suspect it was my lovely deer herd who stopped by to sample the treats . Looks to me like she got her head tangled in the ropes holding the feeder on the shepherd’s hook and probably panicked and bent the hook almost all the way to the ground. I am just thankful I did not wake up to see a deer strangled out there. The shepherd’s hook will never be the same but I did bend it back a bit and it is now a very bendy shepherd’s hook. So maybe that deer didn’t spoil all the fun after all.