The pandemic down-time has further heightened my appreciation of nature; so much so, I’ve become more attuned to how critters have been paying visits to my neighborhood; especially the after-hours goings on at the time of the full lunar phase. Here’s the brief run-thru; spanning the creatures from large down to small…
Four deer have been habitually making the suburban scene. Personally, I cannot fathom why they’d even opt to wander forth from the more pristine, nearby woods; i.e., just to graze on the chemically toxic lawns. I mean, that crap has got to leave a yucky aftertaste. One would expect their very survival instinct to kick in; Yes? No? Maybe?
Next on the list comes “Spot”, the cat, who I’ve had to shoo away several times; not to worry, my M.O. never involves more than the loud click of my patio door’s lock. While, normally, I’d be more hospitable, I do draw the line when the stalking / aggressive instinct targets the three newborn bunnies, who call my backyard home; the irony being this cat appears to be well fed by the owner. And, btw, I do admire mother rabbit, who doesn’t excessively fuss and interfere; how she fosters her young’uns’ independence.
Of course, I’m not entirely sure if this white furred feline with two major ovoid black patches is named “Spot”, but, obviously, it’d be an apt moniker. Also influencing me was the recollection of Star Trek TNG’s Data choosing that very name for his non-spotted cat.
Several robins have also been in motherhood mode. And they don’t overly-baby their babies, either; even seem to welcome the eventual, empty nest syndrome.
The Tiger Swallowtail butterflies (which have been absent for several years), of late, have been flying by day. Ditto the, by night, flight plans of the countless fireflies; flying in random formation to put on a spectacular light show.
Noticeably absent has been the waddling woodchuck, however, this may merely be a matter of not looking out my window at the right time.
That’s it for now.
So, what about your own sightings? Any critters you’d like to add to this roll call?
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