Still here but I've been awful busy. But, I am sad to say that at 2:07 PM on the 10th of April, I bid farewell to an old friend. The last of the snow melted away. That pile scummed to several days of rain, 40F/4,4C degree weather and finally some sun on Sunday - the day it left us. Poor Bella will not be able to enjoy her "snow cones" until June like I (and she) had hoped.
Now to stay on topic, a couple of deer stopped by to visit as we were having dinner the night before. I think maybe they wanted an invite as one of them stood under the maple tree just outside the window and watched us sitting at the table (drooling?). The girls thought it was funny the way the deer stood and stared. It stayed until the second deer decided to move one, so it left to follow.
Tonight as I was heading back to my son's house from my own, I had to stop and let 6 deer walk across the road. They were heading toward my house! Now if they had come down sooner, I could have taken their picture since the moon is so bright. It's actually casting strong shadows - just like the sun!
The great blue herons, egrets, ducks and geese have been flying back and forth. I'm glad they don't stop at my house for their meals. I don't think I could afford to feed any more mouths.
I don't remember if I mentioned in another post or not, but my daughter got a puppy. She named her Abigail. She is getting along with the two cats - at least they all keep their distance at present. I have a niece (wife's side) whose name is Abigail, but as she was growing up I always called her, "Gabby Abbey." She never seemed to stop talking - still doesn't!
Turkey buzzards circled around for a while last night just before sundown - all 40 of them! They were just above the tree tops and the girls thought they were great - and big!
The birds are all singing of spring - and it seems all of the bugs have come out as well. We've have lady beetles, stink bugs, house flies, moths, wasps, a few honey bees (short story below), and several other kinds of flying insects. The woodpeckers are especially having a ball... er...feast. A few weeks ago, a pileated woodpecker was tearing apart the base of a dead/dying pine tree. The tree had been infested with carpenter ants. If the bird hadn't stopped taking chunks out of the tree, it probably would have fallen over! The juncos have been almost as noisy as a flock of chipping sparrows, so that is saying something for them.
Oh my! It's 2:05 AM already! Time really flies when one is talking about birds! Good night!