Topic: Around the House
I've shared before the plethora of animals that live around our house. Some new ones of late are the chickens that belong to neighbors up the road that tag along on our walks, like little dogs. There they follow down the road behind us... cluck, cluck, cluck. Last week a rooster joined the three ladies. We're still not sure if:
1) he was there all along but didn't like to go walking
2) he is new to the flock OR
3) he belongs to another neighbor and has just now discovered the new girls
Since the lady of the house has started back to work, the four of them now have started roaming the neighborhood all day rather than just coming out of their own yard to walk along. You never know which of 4 to 5 yards you'll see them in.
They do go home to sleep and to lay their eggs, though.
ANOTHER new guest to these here parts has been living in the pond on the property just upstream from ours.
This neighbor has always had a small pond, but this winter we noticed we could see it more clearly than ever before. We assumed that a few trees may have come down to open up the view or maybe it was attributable to the record rains we've had.
Then, the Mister was looking through the binoculars for an odd colored duck we've been seeing out there. WHAT?!?!? look at that freshly downed tree!
That is on OUR side of the pond which is the downstream side. You can tell by the pointy top on the stump that some beaver has obviously been felling trees and building up the blockage at the outlet of the pond.
This would explain why the pond is larger AND why the creek seems to flow through our pasture instead of flowing to the culvert like it used to.
Makes a mess out of our pasture, reducing the use of it to stick-dry summer. But, the wildlife in these parts have the 'right-of-way' so there's probably nothing we can do about this (also, the pond is not on our property so the beavers are under the jurisdiction of the neighbor anyway).
Mostly, we like the wildlife. But, gnawing beavers and gross-ugly nutria are NOT welcome here.