More pics of ET's latest crop of gorgeous babies! They are so funny to watch at this age, as they come down the tree to explore a new world beyond the nest. If you throw them a nut they run the other way! But then they come back to explore (and hopefully find a nut) after the dust settles.
ET has met her match: a gray male has shown up and has been giving her a hard time.
We thought this was notable as we've never seen ET being challenged before. She has ruled the orange tree for some time now. Usually she delights in chasing squirrels out of her immediate area, pouncing on those that fail to move out of the way fast enough. She even does this with her own offspring. This guy has no problem standing his ground and even pounces on her, making her squeal with anger!
The newcomer is young and strong whereas ET has been around the block. The good news is, he's a male, which means he would not be challenging her tree the way a female would.
Yes, I must confess... I've been feeding the ducks on the Cloud 9 raft. There's this one duck that never leaves the raft. I'm not sure why, but apparently he can't swim or fly. So I fed him some bread one day and the next time I came by he recognized me! Each time I pass the raft he wags his tail like a dog. He seems to recognize me even though I'm some distance away. Who could resist that? I can't feed them sushi, so it's just bread. I've been told that bread isn't good for them but they gobble it up. I try to get bread with seeds on top. I also bought a bag of that expensive bird food with seeds and fruit but they don't go for that too much.