Cleaning up The Ordure

We keep a food bowl on the front porch for our dogs at all times. This winter the birds discovered this food bowl, and even with our cat, Scout, lurking nearby, they begin to frequently fly in for a piece of dry dog food.

Chickadee coming for food.

Chickadee coming for food.

How cute! we thought, as we watched them line up on our porch rail waiting for their turn.

Female cardinal waiting her turn.

Female cardinal waiting her turn.

The birds kept coming and their numbers increased. There were Red birds, Blue birds, Titmouse,  and Chickadees. We even saw Redheaded Woodpeckers swoop in for some dog food I had swept off the porch.

“How smart the little birds are to find a source of food in the winter time,” we said to each other.

Food for the taking.

Food for the taking.

Then we begin to notice….there was poop on the dog bowl, and poop on the porch rail, and poop on the windowsill where they sat waiting their turns.

Poop on the food bowl.

Poop on the food bowl.

Poop on the porch rail.

Poop on the porch rail.

It was no longer cute. The birds had to go.

But we loved the birds! So….we came up with a solution. The dog bowl was moved to our garden shed porch. We hung a bird feeder in the Crepe Myrtle tree in our front yard.

Birdfeeder

Bird feeder

Then I got busy cleaning up the poop.

Cleaning the porch rail.

Cleaning the porch rail.

You may wonder why the title of this post is “Cleaning Up The Ordure”. I just wanted a nice sweet title for this blog. The definition of Ordure is “excrement, dung — something regarded as vile or abhorrent.”

So…..there you go! A new word to use. The next time you have to clean up a vile mess, you can be sweet and say you are cleaning up the ordure. Or…. you can just say….I’m cleaning up the poop.

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