Photography: Weather for the Frogs?
Heavy rain and storms a couple weeks ago may have caused some inconveniences with our spring activities, but the wildlife in our area seems to be adapting just fine to the wet weather.
Keep reading for more photos and commentary. See our full forecast through the weekend, which includes the potential for some moderate to severe thunderstorms on Saturday.
I used to enjoy watching deer in my yard, but lately I just call my golden retriever to chase them away. I guess I've had one too many years of destroyed landscaping. The deer seem to particularly love my hosta plants. They will eat them down to naked stems, which really look terrible lining the walkway to my front door. I have two co-workers that have used motion-activated sprinklers to chase away the deer and they claim the sprinklers work quite well. I know that I would forget to turn them off during the day and thus spray unsuspecting visitors as they walk to the house. Oh well, that would be fun for the kids and I suppose everyone would quickly learn to enter through the garage. Perhaps I'll give it a try?
The dove (above) has built it' nest next to the door to my parent's house and the bird stays surprisingly cool as people walk just a few feet away. Unlike the calm dove, the wren that built its nest in a box of nails in my garage (below) would freak out whenever someone entered the garage. I did not want to disturb the nest so I just left a window open in the garage. One recent evening, the wren flew into my house as I opened the kitchen door. I have cathedral ceilings and it was quite an effort to catch the bird and release it back outside. I called a neighbor to help and we ultimately used fish nets. The next day, the wren was back in the box of nails, sitting on her eggs. Lately, the wren seems to have disappeared and three eggs are now missing. I wonder if the wren is capable of moving the eggs to another nest? I suppose the last two eggs in the nest will never hatch. I guess my lesson learned is to not leave the garage door open most of the day, allowing critters and birds to enter. So, if I ever install that anti-deer sprinkler system I'll just have to remember to turn it off for visitors and not always keep the garage open for traffic.
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