PSA-180915, A History Lesson

@*^#&a;*)Great Blue Heron

     Ever since we installed our pond, I have been waiting for the critters to show up. This summer the deer arrived after four years of absence. They cleaned the yard of every newly planted Hosta.  A possum has dug up the lawn looking for grubs. Squirrels have planted corn seed all about the yard. Slinky the garter snake slithered into the rocks around the water fall.  A red tail hawk often swoops through the yard after a squirrel or dove. The place is a veritable zoo at times. 

      I thought things would quiet down now that the leaves have fallen and the flowers are all gone. Last Sunday morning, I sat having my coffee reading the paper. I could see the window from the corner of my eye when it happened, A huge shadow swooped across the window. At first, I thought is was the hawk. I jumped up to see if he nailed a squirrel. Nope. I looked up at the pond, there he was, Big Bird in person. A great Blue Heron had spotted the goldfish. Before I could say “Peg come see,”  the bird had a bulge moving down it’s long throat. He nailed my largest, fanciest goldfish. He saw me, and took off looking like a prehistoric pterodactyl.

I left to deliver Thanksgiving food baskets with my Lions Club. I got home a couple of hours later. Peggy greeted me with “he’s been back three times already.” Later, I saw him again, but as soon as I made a move for the camera he flew off. It is three days later, and we have spotted him at the pond every day. My friend Al told me he would stay until he has cleaned all the fish from the pond. I hope it freezes tonight so he will migrate south.

Dumb Ass Squirrel Gets Smart

Squirrel on BungeeThe squirrel living in my yard finally got smart. I posted a piece back in March called “Dumb Ass Squirrel #!!&+*^(#?” I described my frustration about getting the squirrel to take a corn cob from a hanging bungee cord. He never did, until I changed things drastically. In the beginning, I hung the cob a few feet away from my bird feeders.  The squirrel was smart enough to get the easy food, and ignored the corn. It wasn’t until I stopped feeding the birds that the squirrel even found the corn.

 

I finally spotted him stretched out along the wire extending from the branch to the cob. He was hanging by his toenails. He finally got smart, I thought, The next day, I was going to lay in wait and video him in action.  Much to my surprise, the following day the corn and  the cable were gone. Disappeared! I searched the yard, but could not find it. Most likely a smart ass racoon stole it.

Last week, I was cleaning in the the woods behind the garden, and there it was, the cable with the empty corn cob. I reattached it to the tree. This time, though, I tied the cable to the tree with a cable tie. I do not want to meet the creature that takes it next.

The squirrel found the fresh cob within  four hours, and now empties one cob a day.  A single animal will make multiple trips to the cob until he is sated. Most likely, I will be pulling baby corn plants from my lawn all summer long.