Sunday, June 28, 2009

Mulberries & Mice

Just after 1 this afternoon, I took a walk down to the end of my street, where stands a huge Mulberry tree. I wanted to see if I could pick a few berries to serve with a special dinner I'm making. I wasn't disappointed. The berries were plentiful, and clean, having been washed by yesterday's rain. With more precipitation expected today, I wanted to get there while the sun was still shining!

After coming back home, I went upstairs to wash and refrigerate the berry crop. I had to go back outside to check for something I thought I had left in the car. I happened to glance over to the front steps, and there was a little tiny critter there... just to give you an idea of how tiny, I placed my finger next to the creature, and you can see a single dead pine needle on its other side. After posing for the picture below, I rewarded the animal with a cracker treat!

I've seen many other signs of wildlife in the hood: rabbits, chipmunks, ducks, a hawk, bats and several varieties of small birds, notably Cardinals and Blue Jays. The incredible variety of songs I'm hearing tells me there are more birds in the area than there have been in previous years. And let's not forget those pesky squirrels!

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