Momma has been telling daddy that something needs to be done about the mice that have been invading our house. Yes, we have had four mice inside and luckily Simba Blue has been on the job and has captured and killed the invaders. Well truth be know, daddy actually had to capture and kill one of the mice that Simba so nicely turned loose on daddy's bed while he was sleeping. I think Simba was offering daddy a mid-night snack, but you know humans, they don't always appreciate some of our gifts. This mouse wasn't dead or injured so it went running across daddy's bed and of course Simba took off after it. Daddy had been awaken by the cuffing type noise that Simba had been making so he got to see the mouse and Simba "go at it". Anyhow, daddy ended up capturing the mouse but by the time he got to it, Simba had managed to fling it against the wall so the mouse was almost dead. Daddy had to finish killing it and put it outside.
Momma told daddy that she was doing to stop putting bird seeds out for the birds as it draws squirrels, chipmunks, rabbits and mice. Daddy poo-pooed this saying he hasn't seen any mice but momma pointed out that WE HAD FOUR MICE IN THE HOUSE, how can you say you haven't seen any mice? Momma added that if there are mice, snakes are sure to follow and she did not want to find any snakes close to the house. Again daddy poo-pooed this stating that he has been here over two years and has yet to find a snake on our property.
This is a Hairy Woodpecker (that really what it is called)
Here is a Western Scrub-Jay
I don't know what this little guy is but notice all the spilled bird seeds on the ground...
The place momma feeds the birds at is not more than 20 feet from our bedroom window and the fence to the courtyard. The courtyard is supposed to be a safe place for me to go and do my business, but that was shattered today when daddy came up to momma and me while we were having a nice relaxing swing on the patio swing and showed momma a Western RATTLESNAKE he had just found and killed. Momma of course panicked and gathered me up and took me back inside the house. Upon further questioning of daddy we learned the snake had been found in the courtyard, right outside our French doors - YIKES!!!!! Now momma is afraid to let me go outside, even in the courtyard. Daddy says he will fix the areas under the fence so critters can't go under it. He also pointed out that he has lived here for over two years and this is the first snake that he has encountered on our property. All I can say is it was one snake too many.
As momma typed this, a hawk flew down and grabbed a dove out of the tree. The gray squirrel that was freeloading on the last of the bird seeds scurried up the tree trunk but the dove didn't escape. Feathers came raining down, so many that I'm willing to bet that the hawk had dove for dinner.