Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have been pickin' blueberries since last weekend. Most berries on my other bushes are still greenish blue, but this bush is an early variety. I did not keep good records when I planted years ago, so I'm not sure who this is, but I know that over the years I have planted Climax, Beckyblue, Tiftblue, Bluebelle, and some other rabbiteye varieties that escape me now.
The cardinals and I will share the bounty, but the destructive bushtail tree rats best stay out of my plants. It's actually time to hang my rubber snakes in the bushes. That seems to throw the birds off a bit as long as you move them around some.
Speaking of pests ... last weekend, just before true dawn, I heard my tree roosting chickens fussing, so I looked out the kitchen window as I rinsed the coffee pot. Beneath the East Palatka Holly that they have chosen as their sanctuary, sat a cat.
A cat that had travelled from off my property to the center of my ten acres to hunt my animals.
What is it with cat people? Is it impossible to control your pet? If you are not up to the task, then maybe you should consider a hamster ... or goldfish.
Cats can be contained, I have friends who do it quite well, so I don't buy the "It's just the way cats are" excuse. Male bovine feces.
Instead, the rest of us have to deal with your destructive pet choice roaming our property and killing ... well, ... pretty much anything small that moves.
Last night, Bear woke me up at 4:00 am because HE heard the chickens squawking. Something had scattered them from their roost. I walked around a bit with a flashlight, but the perp was gone.
I have not done a roll call yet this morning, so I don't know if I'm a little ticked or a lotta ticked yet.
I know the havahart trap is coming out tonight. Nuff said.
I'm seeing red.
That is a wild native called either "Coral Bean" or "Cherokee Bean", depending on your upbringing. It's glorious, no matter what you call it. This one grows right in amongst my blueberry bushes and is a humming bird magnet ... usually. I have heard a few this year, but my sightings are minimal.
I shot this video as the day slipped into twilight last week, so it's a little dim.
I wonder if I could train this owl to eat cats?