|Bambi was in the backyard Thursday, |
flicking her ears madly to keep the deerflies away.
Now those who are familiar with deer, know that they snort when they are trying to scare you away. Hubby was working on the veggie garden fence, painting. I could hear Bambi snorting. It's more like a loud blowing out of breath through pinched mouths. It got my attention!
Anyway, suddenly, who bounded out of the forest, but our wee fawn, barreling across the lawn, with Momma in hot pursuit. I think I was the one in their path. Rather than standing and enjoying the sight, I ran to get my camera, which was sitting in a bag nearby. I bitterly regret that.
|Cherries last year - few this year with the mid-May frost|
With the lack of rain, and our wetland being more of a dryland, water levels in Lanark County are at mid-August lows. This is not good.
We had an early Spring, but then temperatures dropped. My Rhododendron lost its leaves, and my rose bush canes, some as high as 4' tall, all died. It has come back, but I've had to prune it.
I lost most of my cherry blossoms, and have only a handful of fruit on the tree. I'm so sad. Our birds depend upon them. There are reports that bird species are declining in Canada. Habitat loss, food sources, all are contributing factors for the decline in insectivores. I'm happy to have seen the warblers and the vireos on our Murphys Point Bird Count! I captured their songs in my videos, you can listen to the 6:00 a.m. bird songs without rising at that hour! It was a challenge identifying birds in my S. E. locale!
Eat those bugs!!!
We still have 6 goldfish,
innumerable Water Striders, Water Boatmen,
plus 2 Leopard Frogs!
Shirley 2 (with white stripes) leads the pack
- she is the least afraid of me.
The others seem to chase her!
surface tension keeps it afloat I've been feeding them, which might be a mistake. There must be more than a dozen water striders, and several water boatmen in the pond.
Do you know the expression, "salad isn't food, it's what food eats?"
The insects are supposed to be the food.
They're eating the Goldfish food!