In the summer I like to wander out to the patio and see what is going on outside. Last night was great! There was a coyote in the pasture, apparently stalking something. I was able to watch him with my binoculars for several minutes. The binoculars weren’t necessary since he was so close to the house (not a good thing I suppose), but they just enhanced my enjoyment of the experience. With the binoculars I could actually see his eyes!
I heard a familiar cry and turned to watch a heron land on the tree at the edge of the pond. Then I watched him wade at the water’s edge, looking for his next meal.
The bunnies came out to play. There are two to four each night and early in the morning. Even though I know they are nibbling things I’ve planted, I still love watching the rabbits. When I was a child my father hunted rabbits and we ate them. I’m not sure I could do that now!
I moved the hummingbird feeder recently because the squirrels kept knocking it down. It is now on the porch eave and I actually prefer it there because I can get closer to the birds. They have also been very frantic about all the new blossoms in the yard. They zip past my face and rush from one plant to the next.
I didn’t see the pesky squirrel last night, but I did see her earlier in the day. She has been causing problems as usual- broke another bird feeder. I have decided that open, flat bird feeders are the only safe alternative in this yard! She has out-smarted all the others. Might as well just let her eat.
I tried to take another raccoon photo last night, but wasn’t successful. I have a new idea I’m going to try tonight. I’m determined to get a photo of one of them standing up!
The cows, as usual, were crowded around the truck last night. They’ve actually bent my mirrors back a couple of times. They push against the gate trying to get inside the fence. They would open it if it weren’t for the cord we keep tied on it. I guess they find some comfort in sleeping near the house, or they just know my flowers would taste better than grass. I’m not a big fan of cows. I’ve been around them all of my life and they still don’t make sense to me. But the calves are adorable!
Sometimes when I’m watching the critters or picking flowers I think about our years in the city. I always had flowers, even if they were just in pots. I had fish or birds, dogs, cats. I tried to keep in touch with nature. However, being in the country and watching animals in their own environment is much more entertaining!