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When you think spring, you generally do not think turkeys. We however found some unexpected guests Saturday morning in our back yard, just inside the woods. The guests consisted of one tom and nine hens. Bret first spotted a couple, then another, and another and… They stayed for some time, eating and exploring, though the tom for the most part appeared to be the look out watching over all the hens. With his feathers fanned out, he was quite a beautiful site to see and right from our kitchen window.
Eventually they started to depart single file deeper into the north end of our woods, making use at least part of the trail Bret and our friend Chris just recently worked on cleaning up. Apparently we are not the only ones who appreciate a clean, clear trail to walk on.
This morning another visitor showed up again just outside the kitchen window, which by the way is just below the nursery where a child will have the daily opportunity to enjoy the live views of nature from their own room. Anyway, this visitor was a young fawn. She did not stay long and appeared to be alone. We have learned though that where there is one deer, there are always more. This must have been the straggler staying behind to explore a little more before catching up to the others that likely had already passed through.
Though we have nothing against hunting, we personally do not hunt. Wildlife like our deer and turkey visitors feel safe here since there is no hunting that takes place.
With temps starting to warm up, outside spring cleanup continues. We did plant our first two planters of flowers on the front porch. Still a little cold for many flowers at least at night, pansies will flourish in this weather and are a must each spring.
The wren must enjoy the planters of pansies as well since it took less than 24 hours for one to start scoping it out to make a nest. She already picked out a spot in one corner of the planter, flattened it out and no doubt intended to start building a nest. Seeing this, I placed multiple rocks on top between the pansies to discourage her from building a nest here. It is by the front door and on the front porch where we have a swing that we would like to be able to sit on without upsetting mama wren and her babies. She will need to find a more appropriate nesting place, possibly in one of a number of wren houses hanging around the property.
Shirley and Betty are loving the warming temps. Betty is restricted from running and jumping right now however after being spayed this week. This restriction is easier said than done. After less than 24 hours she was ready to go. We keep telling Shirley not to run because if she does Betty will. Shirley seems to get it even with Betty trying desperately trying to initiate some playful wrestling. They have a few more days of restricted playing and the stitches will come out, then it will be game on with endless hours of playful fun for the girls to enjoy.
Time to get ready to leave for a fish fry we are attending at our church being held as a fundraiser. We are meeting some friends there to enjoy some good food and entertainment. This fish fry has grown in attendance over the years being known for a great meal for a great cause.