May 16, 2013

Cacto-System

We have an awesome backyard, made all that more awesome by the fact that we seem to tame it just a little more each spring. By time we're 80, we'll get it just the way we want it. In the mean time, our kids are vastly entertained by the ecosystem we seem to have inherited.

Robins. We have two robins, one male and one female, who have a nest high in our cherry tree. They have two, maybe three, robin chicks. They're protective parents. They chase anything and everything away including Owen. When one makes food runs the other jumps into the nest and tends to the chicks.

Mockingbirds. Though Owen insists that they're called knockingbirds, we have a pair who have just started their lives together. They're apparently quite wealthy since they're currently creating two nests, one in a short evergreen bush, the other in a rosebush. The mockingbirds take issue with the robins' territorial leanings.

Frogs. After staring as eggs and turning into oddly alien-looking tadpoles, our frogs have returned to our pond. The nights are punctuated by sexy frog mating calls and when we approach the pond we are immediately warned by the biggest and loudest frog that it is his pond we're approaching.

Fish. Our fish weathered the winter and bred in abundance. They're gigantic and their numbers are kept in check only by the blue heron that occasionally visits our pond then looks slightly guilty (yet well-fed) when we catch him in our yard.

Rabbits. We've only spied one rabbit but it is gigantic and where there is one gigantic rabbit there are surely more. This is a nice surprise since the last time we saw rabbits in the yard was the day we put an offer in on the house. As we pulled out of the driveway that day, five little bunnies scurried away. We thought they were strategically placed by the owners.

Deer. Every couple of nights a mom deer and three fawns stroll through our lawn looking for something good to eat. If they make it past the militant frogs and the protective birds, they might make it to our hostas which have deer size bites taken out of them.

I swear, one day Mia's going to go into the backyard and sing and all the animals will crowd around her like our own personal Disney movie.

Posted by Chris at May 16, 2013 8:49 AM
Comments

You know, that same scene with the music changed would be a horror movie. EEEEEKKK!

Posted by: L A Cochran at May 16, 2013 5:38 PM

I'd be happy to send you some of our rabbits. They have ravaged the lawn around the tree they hide under, and will eat virtually anything else I plant in the flower beds. They ARE cute though, especially the babies.

We have mockingbirds too. I love them. Sadly, we also have ravens, which raid the nests of other birds. Most afternoons, one can find the mockingbirds trying to run the ravens off. We have a lot of other birds, but I couldn't tell you what species they are, other than the sparrows.

Ground squirrels are plentiful too. Want some?

Posted by: Jaycie at May 17, 2013 1:01 AM

I'd be happy to send you some of our rabbits. They have ravaged the lawn around the tree they hide under, and will eat virtually anything else I plant in the flower beds. They ARE cute though, especially the babies.

We have mockingbirds too. I love them. Sadly, we also have ravens, which raid the nests of other birds. Most afternoons, one can find the mockingbirds trying to run the ravens off. We have a lot of other birds, but I couldn't tell you what species they are, other than the sparrows.

Ground squirrels are plentiful too. Want some?

Posted by: Jaycie at May 17, 2013 1:02 AM


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