Save some for me
Saturday May 11th 2013, 11:25 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,My Garden,Wildlife

Happy Mother’s Day!

This morning Richard and I came home from an errand and there was a Cooper’s hawk at the top of the tree behind our front gate, duly noting our arrival. My territory, your territory, no-wings; welcome!

Didn’t quite catch the best moment, but, an Oregon dark-eyed junco male (the one with the black head) feeding his mate. He takes good care of her and it charms me to no end.

And below, the black squirrel that had a bad case of mange two years ago and went bald in patches and her fur grew back in white, making it look like she’s wearing a tank top and head band. She’s easy to spot. She does look like a very agile small skunk from a distance.

Don and Cliff saved six plastic produce clamshells for me, to my great delight, and now I have that many more plums and apples protected from those little thieves that in the past have stripped my Fuji apples clean in a day, two months pre-ripe. The little stinkers.

I know you’re supposed to thin the fruit out to one per branch but there aren’t a whole lot this year to begin with. I left the first cluster I found at two–safe now–and then went eh and snapped a clamshell around the whole threesome I found next.That tomato package was big so I was going to make the most of the space.

They may come out big they may come out small but we will at long last have our first homegrown apples (and plums!) Twenty-one years after I planted that Fuji. Thank you Don and Cliff!

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love the pictures!! and yes, that does look like a very small skunk!! glad you won’t be in danger of being “perfumed” though

Comment by bev 05.12.13 @ 8:21 am

You’re welcome! And speaking of the Cooper’s Hawk, I need to tell you about a hummingbird DVD I just bought. So what’s the connection between hummers and hawks? You’d be surprised!

Comment by Donald Meyer 05.12.13 @ 10:37 am

Happy Mother’s Day! Did you get to Skype with Parker and Hudson? We just got home from a whirlwind weekend visit with Amanda and the boys and my parents in Connecticut. Now it’s time to get back to my routine. Enjoy your critters!

Comment by Jody 05.12.13 @ 6:23 pm

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