It’s 3 am on Monday morning, May 21, and I’m officially a dumb ass. There is a black bear outside my window lying in my garden eating left over bird seed from my bird feeders. It is not afraid of me. It is not afraid of my barking dogs. (Don’t worry, I’m not letting them out of the house.) And it’s pretty sure it wants to live here.

I’m a idiot. I let my love of waking up to birds outside my window blind me to the facts. Bears don’t care if they have to rumble over eight acres of open lawn and listen to barking dogs. If it wants something, and you’ve got it. It’s going for it. And truthfully, they’re not the brightest of creatures. If I had a gun I could have killed the thing about fifty times over.

All this and I never did get my picture of the Maybe-a-Cowbird. And Lordy I tried. I’ve been stalking the MAC for days. And I’ve seen it too, on numerous occasions. But the MAC is twitchy. All I have to do is move my finger toward the shutter button on the camera and it’s gone. I even got out the tripod. I set it up a ways away from where I suspected I could get a clear shot, and sat there poised, for hours. Okay, if not for hours then for a really, really, long time. Until I got hungery and had to go get my breakfast. And then I got bored and had to go get the computer.

I figured if I wasn’t able to get a photo, at least I could get some words down on the wip. So all is not lost.

Except it pains me to have to admit I’m a dumb ass, and that my judgement was clouded by sentiment. It’s not surprising, really, but I was kind of hoping I was getting to be smart like my mom. Nope. Still a dumb ass. The worst part? Stupid bear keeps pooping on my lawn. Bear Poop Stinks.

Last minute update. In reviewing the pictures I took of birds I couldn’t really see because they were too far away but hit the shutter button anyway I found I did take one of the MAC. Here it is. Okay Delia, is it a Cowbird, or not? (click to make the photo bigger)

here's what the bear did to my feeder

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Kellie Harrington November 4, 2012 at 2:24 pm

very nice picture A little crazy but awhile back I lived in the country I found out you see a lot of wild life. I once had 20 deer in my yard my friend was cutting my wood and cut down cedar trees which deer love to munch on.

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Judie May 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Whoa!! I don’t think I’d be taking pictures I’d be hiding. I can’t imagine having a bear outside my window, it would freak me out.

Glad you got your picture of your bird. ;)

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Kate George May 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

I took the pictures out the window, so I was pretty safe.

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Thea May 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm

The evident question: Can the bear break through the window? I mean, look at that bird feeder.

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Kate George May 21, 2012 at 10:23 pm

It probably could, but what’s the motivation? The food luckily is all outside the window!

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Delia May 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

Yes, Ma’am, that’s a girly cowbird you’ve got there. I know this because I spent a few days earlier this spring trying to identify the same darn thing. Hadn’t seen them before this year. The mild winter has the wildlife populations up.

Cute bear! They’re just waking up, so it’ll take more than barking dogs to get them away from a pile of seeds. They did that to two of my shepherd’s hooks one year, too. Then they played with my kids’ bouncy balls until they popped. Silly old bears.

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Nan May 21, 2012 at 9:03 am

A bear! Really? I see the picture, but I’m still astounded at the concept of bear outside my back window! No such oddities in my state–a family of foxes and that’s about it here for truly carnivorous wildlife.

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KarenB May 21, 2012 at 8:33 am

It looks like a cowbird to me – darker body, lighter head. But I’ll defer to Delia who knows what the hell she’s talking about as opposed to me who just likes to sound smart.

The bear is kinda cute, but I don’t know that I’d want one in my yard. My dog would be a raving lunatic if there was a bear outside.

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Judy, Judy, Judy May 21, 2012 at 6:11 am

Geez I hope the bear doesn’t think of you as a feeding station it can come back to everyday. Yikes. I probably would have done the same thing, though.

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Kate George May 22, 2012 at 11:32 am

Judy, I imagine the bear will keep showing up until it’s eaten every last bit of the spilled seed. I have created a monster.

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