I often mention our concern when the wildlife traffic diminishes in our yard.
Such diminishing follows seasonal patterns, we know.
Compound seasonal patterns with construction and global warming, and we may not see our friends until far into seasons.
This concerns us.
Last week I mentioned our concern for the turkeys last week. This week we’re glad to see our old friend Raccoon bringing his Shadows to us.
We take such comfort from our guests.
Knowing they feel safe means so much to us.
Long ago…okay, not really all that long ago…a neighbor told us we’re known as the “safe house” in the neighborhood.
“All the parents tell their kids, if anything happens and you’re not sure what to do or just scared, go to Susan and Joseph’s house. They’ll help you.”
Note we were never asked if this was okay with us. It kind of just happened.
Left me scratching my head. “Huh?”
I think it started when we first moved into this neighborhood. One young lad, Ollie, always came over after school to talk with me. I thought he sought academic guidance as we often talked about school happenings. Each visit, he politely asked where Susan was.
I noticed his visits were shorter on the days Susan wasn’t around.
Then one day he confided, “You’re wife’s awful purdy.”
Thank you, Ollie. You do understand she’s with me, right, kiddo?
Ah, the stirrings of adolescent infatuation.
And meanwhile, the turkeys take comfort with us.
We last encountered Hawk in The Hawk (and less than a month ago it was).
Today we share another hawk, also youngish. There are several mature males and females in our area. They are either more shy or wary. We wonder if these fine young specimens are their offspring.
We suspect he’s checking out the menu.
Our backyard and yonder field are epicurean delights for The Wild.
They are such gourmets, you know.
This one also grooms.
Perhaps he’s on the prowl (yes, it is a he) for something other than a meal?
Perhaps he’s seen the Lovely Couple?
In any case, a handsome fellow perusing the menu.