A Strange Day at the Nature Preserve
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
My yard is a certified wildlife habitat, something I'm rather proud of.
Sometimes, nature doesn't exactly follow what I had planned.
I discovered several missing plants in my walled garden. Later I found a baby cottontail had slipped through the mesh of the gate. He is in paradise! He is so cute and unimaginably tiny.
His body is about the size of half an apple, his ears like a pair of almonds.
Apple? Almond? I'm starting to think like Mrs. McGregor! She was famous for putting Peter Rabbit's father into a pie.
I'd like to get him out of there, but I know from past experience that it's impossible to herd a bunny. So I set a dish under a hose drip so he can get a drink, and hope he moves out before he gets too big for his entrance. That garden was planted for me to eat, not some bunny!
A family of house finches in my hanging basket is grown and has just left the nest. They are the second brood of the season. I miss their little fluttering wings and the eager chirps to their parents when they brought food. They are clumsy and uncertain flyers for these first few days. Sometimes they need to be rescued and placed in a tree.
A few minutes ago, I heard several adult birds shouting their harsh danger call. Thinking a cat was in the yard, I went to investigate. A young sharp-shin hawk was sitting on the ground, eating a young finch. When he had finished, he flew off, sort of a clumsy and uncertain flyer himself, but with a full tummy. Still, I'm sorry he ate one of my babies.
Later, I went to the big tree in the front yard, planning to cut out the twig holding last year's old hummingbird nest to give to my friend's granddaughter. Imagine my surprise when the hummingbird came buzzing my face in its defense. She is reusing the same nest! I've never known this to happen before!
So as I say, it has been a strange day at the nature preserve, but always interesting!