Monday, 27 July 2015

Butterflies, and other critters: catch and release

On our way home from dropping the girls off at their home, the sunset was lovely!

Dorah brought me a baby mouse the day before, and that was a story. I took it from her, put it in the garden. An hour later, it was in a corner of the sidewalk, helplessly sitting there. I put it into the aquarium, hoping to feed it, and figure out what to do next. I gave it some peanuts and a bit of peanut butter, toilet paper rolls in which to hide.

On the middle deck, I found a nuthatch on the floor. Sitting. Daisy was sleeping on the chair beside. I approached it, and it flew away.

Usually, Dorah shares her critters with Annabelle.

Daisy caught a  Common Yellowthroat. Just a baby, it could fly horizontally, but didn't seem to get the idea to fly higher than little Daisy. I netted it, and took it away. Coincidentally, I'd seen a pair of Yellowthroats in the tree, just up from the frog pond.

Common Yellowthroat from Jennifer Jilks on Vimeo.
This video is about Common Yellowthroat

Things have been busy in the garden, as well as the trees.

♪♫♬ "See the little beetle on a stone"

I can hear the Cedar Waxwings chirping in the pine tree. They must have successfully hatched their chicks. I cannot see them, other than on the dead elm when they take a breath. I heard a crow after them, and the parents chased them off!

We had a busy morning in the wee hours, Sunday. The strange cat was trapped between Annabelle (inside) and Buster (outside) at 2:30 a.m. and hubby had to get up and scare him out. We saw a poster at the vet, looking for a 1-year-old cat (gray) who was missing. Hubby phoned, but it is a female, not this well-hung male! I don't think he is a stray. He is shy, but used to people. He might be a barn cat. We should give him a name, he's here for food often enough. He's figured out the cat door.
Then, at 4:30 a.m., I could hear squeaking on the bed. Annabelle had brought us her mice friend and was playing with it on the bed. I popped the deermouse into the aquarium with the field mouse. 
I released them later, into the garden. 


Debbie said...

our yards are filled with so many beautiful things to look at and share right now!!!!

loved the butterflies!!!!!

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Gracious, life's not dull on Jenn's 'country pad'!!! YAM xx

William Kendall said...

Good that you released the mice. They're no doubt terrified, and that can last a good long while.

Gill - That British Woman said...

never a dull moment around your place, both day and night!

eileeninmd said...

You do have a lot happening at your place. I am glad the birds were ok. The mouse is cute! Enjoy your day and have a happy weekend!