Want a good laugh? This morning after I tossed bird seed and cracked corn all around the maple tree in front of my son’s bay window, I watched as a red-headed woodpecker showed up. It made its way down the tree trunk to just above the ground… er, snow. Then it tried stretching to reach some seed or corn. It kept on stretching and stretching until finally… plop! It actually fell off the tree and landed face first into the snow! The bird very quickly got up, shook a little snow off its face and head, grabbed whatever it was reaching for and climbed back up the tree. I could just imagine what was going through its mind when it lost its grip and fell into the snow… “I hope no one saw that. That was embarrassing! Even my head turned red!”
After I dropped my car off at the service station to have new ball joints installed, my daughter dropped me off at my house so I could tend to Angel - my . As we pulled into my driveway - my nephew finally made it down to plow it for me (I told you I wasn’t shoveling ) - we spotted a lone deer at the end of one of my driveways up by the carriage house. It just stood there watching the car as my daughter and I sat and talked for several minutes. Even when I got out and walked over to the steps and on up to the porch, it stood its ground. It wasn’t until my daughter pulled in a little farther and turned into the other drive - leading to the side of my house (workshop) - that it turned, cut through the hedges and ran across my neighbor’s side yard and out to the dead-end street. From there it headed down the street to the woods. The “group of seven” - as my other neighbor calls them - doesn’t usually show up until between midnight and 3 AM. He said they’ve been showing nightly. Don’t tell anyone but I tossed some extra peanuts, sunflower seeds and cracked corn beneath the big pine tree in my front yard tonight for them.
It was an uneventful walk back up to my son’s house. I was hoping to see some deer, a red fox or even a bunny or two, but nothing… nada! Oh well, at least I didn’t meet up with a pack of coyotes. I did meet one of my son’s neighbors at the end of the street as he was walking his dog. We had a nice talk as we walked doen the street together, so it was a good walk back.