Why We Need to Sweep the Deck

Our friendly helper. August 19, 2010.

Betsy has become a very enthusiastic birder over the last few years.  It all started with a Bluebird family in the box in our back yard, but she now has several feeders on and over our deck.  Most of the feeders are located so that she can see them from her chair in our Great Room.

There are now a dozen or so variety of birds that visit our feeders on a regular basis.  And although Betsy has gotten very good at recognizing the birds by sight or by their call, the birds are not very good about cleaning up after themselves.  I hate to say it, but those birds are some of the messiest eaters I’ve ever seen (and that includes two kids!).

Betsy does a pretty good job of sweeping the deck, but one rainy day last week she got distracted doing other things and didn’t sweep as often as she usually does.  So this ‘friend’ decided to climb up on the deck and help with the clean-up effort.  Fortunately it went away without gracing the deck with its ‘fragrance’.

We really do need to keep the deck swept!

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20 Responses to “Why We Need to Sweep the Deck”

  1. Mildred Says:

    Help like Mr. Skunk you can do without, right George? I am happy to hear he did not “freshen” the air for you! Happy Monday.

  2. Neal Says:

    Just send Betsy out there with a broom to run him off. 🙂

  3. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    Awww! Phil’s family had a pet skunk when he was growing up, and one day when they were camping, his little brother carried the skunk across a stream and it bit him! Hmmm…so I see they do have another defense!

  4. Sandra Says:

    ok George this is one of my all time favorite photos…. adorable. glad it did not leave you a deposit and i bet Betsy will not forget to sweep the deck again. who knew skunks would eat bird food? i did not.
    my son shared a house with 3 friends when he was in mid 20’s. one of the men had a pet skunk that lived in the bathroom under the sink. I loved him, others did not. he had been nutrilized in the fragrance department

  5. Susie Says:

    Well that is definitely some help that I don’t want. I didn’t know they ate bird seed either.

  6. MaryBeth Says:

    Aw the little critter was probably just a bit hungry. I am glad he decided to leave without you know what!!
    He is kinda cute though. MB

  7. Mary Says:

    Cute but nasty will critters! I can’t sweep under my feeders and have them around the front door at night sometimes. I make sure the cats are in the house at night!

  8. Mary Says:

    That was suppose to be “little critters”….my typing when crazy 🙂

  9. Karin Says:

    You are never without entertainment and excitement on your deck!! I’m glad for you that Mr. P.U. left without leaving his signature scent!

  10. Ruth Hiebrt Says:

    I’d say this visitor would be a good incentive to sweep the deck. 🙂

  11. happyone Says:

    I smelled one of these the other day but never did see him!
    I’ve started putting seed out that has already been shelled so there is no mess!

  12. Jen Says:

    I remember Betsy telling a story of on that marked one of your fire logs
    one time, and you didn’t know it until after you put it in the fireplace. ha.
    Those things are NASTY- and after having one spray my three dogs, I have NO affection for them.

  13. pixelknit Says:

    Oh my, what a cute photo! It was nice of the little guy to want to help, but still . . . .

  14. connieemeraldeyes Says:

    Don’t those skunks smell, just being around? Lucky you did not walk outside and have it spray you.

  15. a boy and his god Says:

    you have a really fun blog. I like what i see on it!
    keep up the good posts.

  16. Rose Says:

    I still think you should have sent it to Neal!

  17. Carletta Says:

    This is one critter I hope I NEVER see in my yard! 🙂
    Did you go out and sneak around to get the picture? I’d have been worried he might turn on me. Very brave of you.

  18. Sylvia Kirkwood Says:

    Oh, how funny! I so glad he didn’t spray some of his fragrance around your deck. Definitely a great incentive for sweeping!! Have a great week, George!


  19. Judy Says:

    Well, at least you did not have someone try and chase him away! Although my ex-grandmother-in-law chased a skunk out of the summer kitchen with a broom. I think it must have been one of the slowest chases on record!

  20. Kathy Ariano Says:

    “Fragrance” aside, he’s so cute!

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