?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Urban wildlife update

Just dropping in to share a charming urban-wildlife discovery: A few days ago, a robin made a nest in the ladder under the eaves of my garage. Well, it seems she's laid her eggs and is now incubating them. She saw me photographing her, so started eying me:



She wasn't fond of my mowing yesterday. Yes, the ground finally dried enough here in Lawrence, KS, to crop the jungle that had sprung up in the last few days of warmth. We went directly from winter (snow a week or two ago, freezing nights just a few days ago) to summer, and the grass has been exploding upward, unevenly, such that the yard looked like abandoned property. No more!

In other urban-wildlife news, my buddy Spot the Squirrel has taught two of his buddies (first-year squirrels) his little trick for getting food whenever he's hungry: First, he draws attention by standing on the fence outside the kitchen window, looking cute while trying to catch your eye:



Next, he jumps on top of the grill, right outside the back door, peering around the corner into the kitchen. If that doesn't work, he climbs onto the sliding-screen door and peeks inside, as demonstrated here:


If no one's in the kitchen when he does that, he starts leaping onto the screen - a rather noisy event that even gets my attention while working upstairs in my office. Well, now a young male and a pregnant young female have learned how to get more food, faster. I would like to think that these intelligent little critters have learned from one another a rich survival technique that their behavior earns reward, but I suspect it's more along the lines of they have trained the humans how to respond.

Apologies for the rare and intermittent posts; this semester has been killing me. So much work, so much unnecessary work-stress, so much prepping for Science Fiction Summer... yowza, it's almost May!

Hope you're doing well!

Best,
Chris

Comments

( 12 comments — Leave a comment )
scarlettina
Apr. 30th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Great pic of the robin, Chris, and I love the video of the squirrel. Very cool.
mckitterick
Apr. 30th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Janna! My urban wildlife really give me a great deal of pleasure - especially when life is stressful!
clevermanka
Apr. 30th, 2013 04:22 pm (UTC)
We went directly from winter (snow a week or two ago, freezing nights just a few days ago) to summer

Oh, you think those weather changes are over?



I'm just gonna leave this here.



mckitterick
Apr. 30th, 2013 04:23 pm (UTC)

WHUT

clevermanka
Apr. 30th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
Fuck yeah, man.

carmy_w
Apr. 30th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Yep. We are STILL on the pogo stick that is this year's Kansas weather!
(it graduated from a rollercoaster-the ups and downs were just too violent)
mckitterick
Apr. 30th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Exactly!
carmy_w
Apr. 30th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC)
Love your wildlife posts, Chris! :DDD
mckitterick
Apr. 30th, 2013 05:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I'm actually pretty far behind right now, with a back-log of photos to share but no time to write 'em all up. Soon! Well, after school is out and the CSSF Summer program is ready to roll... though to be honest, that means AFTER it's done in late June. But then!
belluthien
May. 1st, 2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
Love these! Spot is quite cute on the post.

Yeah, we're getting more snow... damn it.
y
mckitterick
May. 1st, 2013 07:59 pm (UTC)
SNOW IS RIDICULOUS IN MAY.
belluthien
May. 1st, 2013 08:04 pm (UTC)
YES.

I hate it always, but snow in May really ticks me off. ;-)
y
( 12 comments — Leave a comment )