Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Little Blue Heron
We live in a subdivision of cookie-cutter houses in South Laurel, called "Montpelier." There are many well-manicured lawns--not ours!!--with beautiful flowers. Some may say we fuss too much over our yards, but untamed nature carries on despite our efforts to shape and control the natural habitat.
We saw a groundhog trundling along our backyard retaining wall.
Last week a fox kit appeared beside the Japanese stone lantern in the yard down the street.
The neighborhood coyote has been been caught on film as he's made his rounds.
A doe and two fawns recently came to our yard to feast on persimmons from our curbside tree. They paid little attention to passing cars. After eating some fruit, the mother suddenly bolted toward the neighbor's back yard and her girls followed.
On Monday, I raised the garage door and startled a hawk that had been roosting in our beech tree, assessing the birds at the feeders and in the birdbath as likely dinner prospects. This time he flew away, but we've seen him other times loitering under the bushes close to the feeders.
On Tuesday, driving down Montpelier Drive, I saw a little blue heron coming in for a landing at the brook. This narrow brook, which runs behind the house on the corner, doesn't seem grand enough to be the home of such an impressive bird, so he may not be back. Still, who knows?