Beau April 2nd, 2009
With days of warming sun, flowers and wild life abounding, it’s easy to find spring as a favorite time of the year. Finally we enjoy getting outside more and seeing so much of life around us. Especially birds and flowers. I love it when the wild violets emerge- I don’t know the species exactly, but isn’t this one beautiful?
But the birds are so amazing right now, and if you get the chance I hope you’ll stop over and visit Carrie at Great Auk – or Greatest Auk? and read an amazing discourse between two elderly gentlemen about birds. Elderly is a bit optimistic, considering the discussion at hand, but it’s a really enlightening and humorous effort while hosting the I and the Bird #97 blog carnival.
It’s a fitting day for the carnival anyway as I watched a Great Heron this morning by the pond… perhaps the same heron I snuck up on a couple years ago? It was poised on the shoreline in quiet contemplation (not!), until I saw it strike quickly and then wolf down a small bass. I’m a little protective of the fish in the pond, so I wandered down the hillside and the heron flew away. They can be voracious. I had to smile though- I hope it enjoyed its breakfast.
There’s so much more going on than just birds and flowers of course. Yesterday my faithful labrador was huffing and whining quietly on the porch… I wasn’t really listening. He continued nosing around a plant and then looking up at me until I realized he was trying to tell me something. I’m a little slow sometimes… but I nearly jumped as I leaned over to see what he was looking at. Turns out we had a guest, probably overwintered in a pot we brought in- raise your hand if you know what it is! (And you herpers out there… Shhhh!).
Okay, the answer is… a Red Milk Snake!