This week is being busy, so you're not going to get much out of me, I'm afraid. We spent last weekend at the House (pics below), and I'm off to Plimoth with pinkleader and cathgrace (and Ansel) tomorrow evening. Busy busy busy!
Plus, changes at work. More busy.
So, you get pictures.
It was wildlife weekend at the farm - it's the time of year when the fireflies look like Christmas lights in the trees, and we have not one, but two groundhogs living near the house. One is under the woodshop/barn, the other is under the crappy old open woodshed by the kitchen. I see the one by the woodshed fairly frequently - the first time he saw me, he stopped dead, stood up, and stared at me for a full 30 seconds before he ran.
Alas, no eggs so far in the vulture barn this year - they've skipped a year before, so they're either not clutching, or they've laid somewhere else, but no fluffy babies this year.
To make up for it, we got snakes. Now, I know most of you would not consider this a good trade, but I love our rat snakes, since they keep the rodents (natch) under control, and they're really mellow. We caught one on Sunday morning, sitting in the grass by the kitchen, feeling a bit cold:
By caught, of course, I mean took pictures. While I'm usually quite happy to pick them up, this one was cold, and I didn't want to stress or hurt it when it couldn't move fast. It's ridged like that because it's muscles are tense, and so we left it alone in peace.
Like I said, I like the snakes (we get lots of different kinds), and I don't want to hurt them. And, in a way, vultures and snakes go together, don't you think?
No-one is ever going to visit us.
The snake appeared to be going after a large-ish box turtle (though I think it was just coincidence, since it wasn't a large snake), and I retrieved the turtle and took a few photos:
All the box turtles around us have that really wonderful saffron-orange colouring on their legs and eyes, and I love it. They're also quite territorial - if you see one on the road, move it to the side, but don't pick it up and take it anywhere else. Especially, don't make them into pets - most people don't know how to feed them, and wild animals don't belong in captivity.
We've also seen deer, rabbits - oh, cute rabbits!
(That was from a month ago)
...toads, and skinks, and really excellent Polyphemus moths:
(By flashlight, and then with camera flash.) It was so large, at first I thought it was a bat.
I'm still hoping for a luna moth sighting, and you never know, we still might get vulture babies - they will sometimes lay a second clutch if something happens to the first one, and we've had eggs as late as June. I'm not holding my breath, though.
Well, maybe a little.