Monday, May 7, 2018
A couple of strange things happened in the animal world at my house. We pick up the mail at my sister's house and put it in a box at her door where she gets it at her leisure. Her house is kitty corner from mine. When we were leaving her driveway, we looked over to our house and watched a hawk that I couldn't identify swoop into the maple in our front yard and fly off with a Robin's nest. The Robin had been building it and I doubt if there were eggs in it. The hawk flew to my sis's roof and seemed stunned to find no bird in his talons. One of my three crows had watched it and followed the hawk to my sister's yard, then flew back to the maple. When the Robin showed up, he flew off. The Robin began building her nest again. Unfortunately that evening we had a horrible rain storm that gave us 3" of rain in just a few hours and constant 30 MPH winds. In the morning, the nest was gone.
This morning we looked out the window and there was that same hawk on the ground at the end of the driveway eating bread that I put out for my crows. I have never seen a hawk eat bread. Today we got a closer look at him and I think he is a juvenile Cooper. A car scared him off before I could get a picture.
There was a dead squirrel in the road a couple of houses away. When we looked out we saw three scavenger hawks eating the road kill and a cat sitting on the side of the road in the neighbor's yard just watching them. Cars didn't scare the birds away. A couple of the cars actually stopped to take a picture of it. Most people that travel our road are coming from the subdivision at the end of it. They probably never saw scavengers up close.
I bought a new Hummingbird feeder that has an extra top that screws off where I can put grape jelly for the Orioles who are now VERY frequent visitors.
A few nights ago we had some really loud singing coming from the pond. If you have read my blog for a while, you know that last year my blog friend Rose told me that what I THOUGHT were frog eggs we actually TOAD eggs. When I researched toads I found that they attract snakes. Since we have found a couple of snakes in or around the pond, I decided that this year we will not be a breeding pond for toads. Early the next morning after the "singing" I went to the pond to check it out. Sure enough there were A LOT of mating toads. I got a net and started collecting them. When I was done, about an hour later I had 32 toads!! When Terry got up we carted them down to the river. To the best of my knowledge I have one frog in the pond now, possibly two. The toads have retreated to the grass where Harley likes to chase them.
Today I am going to be outside tackling the weeds and planting flowers that I bought from my grandson's church fundraiser. I also have a really nice Poppy to plant. Last year I planted 10, but they were trashed when the guys put the air conditioner in Nic's bedroom window. I can't tell you how many times I have tried to get a Poppy patch started but one thing or another goes wrong through no fault of mine.
Grateful: There are just too many things to list that I am grateful for today. It seems to change by the hour. Right this moment I am grateful that life is good and serene and we are happy.
What are you grateful for? Have you observed any strange animal activity? Are you starting a new project like I am but didn't mention it yet? We all want to know!!
Have an awesome day.