are these deductable?
My back patio houses my own little nature preserve, or so it seems. No photos, because—go figure—creatures tend to shy away from large humans with cameras.
I started with a hummingbird feeder, and it is still wildly popular. Then I added a basic bird feeder, which I fill with the "wild songbird mix" or some such thing that comes in a 5lb bag from Target. I refill the feeder just about every other day, and there are always four, five, six little finches and other birds-I-can't-recognize.
The birds are sloppy and drop seeds and shells onto the concrete below, which other birds and squirrels happily gobble up. I used to have only one squirrel, a chubby fella who would sit in the tree and chatter at nothing in particular. But now I have three squirrels, including a skinny little black squirrel. Hopefully he'll get some meat on his bones and won't stay so scrawny. Then there are the ducks, of course. The mallard boys and girls, the six teenage ducks, and the two new puffballs.
Not too shabby, these sights and sounds of nature, considering I live a few blocks northwest of the center of this map
, which is decidedly not rural!