Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Rabbit - One, Hawk - Zero
Checking my guide book, I see that the red-tails have a wing span up to four-and-a-half feet. I knew they were big, but that's big! Almost as big as the turkey vultures, whose span can reach five feet or so. A pair of the smaller Cooper's hawks, like the one I found in the barn, were scree-ing over the chicken pens. They're no threat to the bigger "little" girls, but I'm glad Craig and Deb covered the Silkies' pen with wire. The big hawks seem to know they'd need more runway room for take-off than is available in that yard were they to go for the bigger hens. I'm glad, however, that those girls aren't free-ranging right now.
Going out at dusk, I heard the frog chorus tuning up for their evening songs of seduction. Evidently frogs are like mosquitoes; give 'em a puddle and they'll lay eggs. For a couple of years before I took down the above-ground pool in the back yard, there was the perfect nursery for thousands and thousands of tadpoles. The tadpoles had plenty of mosquito larvae on which to feed, so that wasn't a problem. I couldn't drain the pool and kill all those tiny froglets, and later I couldn't mow the back yard and chop up the emerging frogs. Finally catching the window in time when I would not be the cause of mass destruction, the pool was removed and the frogs have moved on. Ah, yes...drama.