when i got home i finally refilled the tube feeder with 9 lbs of birdseeds (you heard me right, that tube feeder can take 9 lbs worth of bird feed). birdfeeding is a messy business, something they don't tell you when you buy a birdfeeder. since birds only eat the seeds, the area around the feeder is completely littered with shells. birds aren't picky as to where they defecate either, and all around the tray and the squirrel guard are evidence proving this to be quite true. squirrels also get into the game, by scavenging seeds the messy birds kick to the ground. times when the squirrels don't have enough to eat, they take it out on the lawn and dig holes everywhere, probably to find buried nuts, but i personally think its to exact some sort of destructive revenge over the fact that i'm excluded them from the feeders. there is also a ruthless pecking order amongst the birds which becomes quite evident when there isn't a lot of seeds left to eat, as the bigger birds will drive away all the smaller birds (although when there's plenty to eat, there is feathered peace).
after that good deed of the day, i went back in the house to take a shower. having been outside in the cold for so long, i couldn't tell whether the water was hot or cold. to be safe, i cranked up the cold because i didn't want to be unknowingly scalded.