Sunday, January 3, 2010

Life in the Hundred Acre Wood

As, I think I've mentioned before, we live at a camp.  DH is the camp guy, and the boys and I get the added benefit of being able to live at camp!  We (and by we, I mean the camp, who leases it from the Corp of Engineers) have a hundred acres of mostly woods, with cabins, pool, lodge and more.  And we're surrounded by a lake and by more Army Corp of Engineers property which is also mostly woods, so we see lots of deer, wild turkeys, snakes, birds, the occasional fox, and various and sundry other wild things.  This is something for which I count us extremely lucky.

Most of our encounters are viewings from afar, but sometimes we get a bit closer, like the time Jack (the cat) brought me a small, but still quite feisty rattlesnake!  Or the disappearance of the other Jack, whom we suspect was taken by the coyotes.  Not all of these "up close and personal" encounters are dangerous, though.

Outside our bedroom window, there is a large bush that houses a pair of cardinals and their nest.  It's lovely to look out the window and see those flashes of his brilliant red and her more muted, but still beautiful brown and red.  Lately, though, he has discovered his reflection in the window, and has gone to war with that stubborn bird who refuses to leave his territory!  All hours of the morning, noon and early evening we hear, "thunk, thunk, thunk!" on that window...  We've put the blinds up and down and different times, thinking that might help, but to no avail.  I'm not sure what else to try, but I'm starting to worry about him!  Can birds get brain damage from repeatedly pecking at the window?  And how do I convince the female that it's in her (and her future babies) best interest to convince him to stop being such a bully to the handsome bird in the window?  Or will he eventually decide that it's not a good nesting spot and move?  I'd love to hear any thoughts or suggestions you may have!

J

3 comments:

  1. That sounds like a beautiful place to live! I have no idea about the brain damage thing to the little birdy but I would suggest maybe putting some type of blanket or covering over the bottom half of the window so it doesn't make a reflection anymore and confuse the little guy :)

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  2. Stopping by from MBC. Sounds nice, other than the rattlesnake. haha.

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  3. Hi! I'm visiting from MBC. Great blog.

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