I can't remember when I saw the last poisonous snake here at Rabbit Run. I am pretty sure that it was about a year ago and I was out mowing and I saw a copperhead was sunning itself on the edge of the driveway. It took off and I chased it with the mower. The mower is very noisy and a little snake strike didn't change the noise level much. I saw the body minus the head a little later on the next pass over that area. I think I saw a copperhead in a wood pile once but I don't go there too often in snake season.
With the cooler nights, the humming birds haven't all left yet. Barb says the juveniles hang around a little longer than the adults trying to lay in enough fat to make it further south. We have had a visitor or two at the feeder the last couple of days but not the constant battle over the territory that was evident earlier. I am sure that soon the last of the hummers will head south and we will take down the feeders.
Speaking of feeders, I am thinking that I need to get some feed for the deer and the over wintering birds. I saw that one of the Farm Supply stores have suet blocks on sale for 79 cents. They are normally about a dollar each. The woodpeckers can go through three a week when they are hitting it hard. That will start about the time we have the first frost. I haven't seen an apple or a pear on the ground out in the orchard so I am fairly sure the deer are making nightly forages into the orchard. Barb and I picked up the last of the Asian pears this week. Last year we had a couple of five gallon buckets of fruit in the garage for feeding the animals. This year not so much. I will also get a feed bunk to put down the hill. Last year I had a little round rubber pan and it just wasn't big enough.
|Barb's picture of me at Lake Shawnee|
Better run and see what's in store, or at the store.