Punxsutawney Phil says “more winter” but the yard says “Azalea time!”
There’s a bird nest in the fern on the front porch. We’ll be using the side door for a while.
Other signs of spring:
Last year, a bird built her nest inside my bike helmet.
This year I’ve been storing my (new) bike helmet upside down in my basket.
She started a nest under my helmet instead.
I can’t win.
Happy Earth Day!
Long time Pine Haven resident, Mama Armadillo, was seen in the pre-dawn hours yesterday morning leading this year’s four babies in a parade across the front porch. This afternoon the babies were spotted near the drive way snuffling and rustling in the pine straw at the edge of the woods.
Y’all are almost cute.
Babies are completely fearless and took time out from serious armadillo business to watch this reporter take pictures of them. Mama was nowhere to be seen.
Current thinking is that they left the burrow without asking.
She (torties are girls) wouldn’t get in the teensy trap we found at Lowe’s this afternoon, but she did manage to make it into the garage. We’ve been leaving the garage door cracked for Tyler, resident mostly-feral, but right now he is asleep on the back porch and didn’t notice her.
Four-Five weeks do you guess?
We cornered her, gave her kitten milk and now we’re all besties. She’s all situated in the office bathroom sleeping in a kitty cube.
Tomorrow I’ll start making kitten food mush. Blech.
Edited to Add: Teensy Kitty was FIV positive. She likely got it from her mother. FIV and FeLV don’t have to be death sentences for cats. Kittens may show positive on their tests and have only gotten antibodies from their mamas not the actual virus (like a vaccinated cat will show positive). But kittens need to be isolated for 8-12 months to determine if they really are infected. We have no infrastructure in our area to provide infected cats with isolated care. So we have no more teensy kitty and I am very sad. I’m also worried: Teensy Kitty is the first infected cat to show up in our yard in the 12 years we’ve lived here and I hope it’s not a trend. Spay/Neuter and Vaccinate. You’ll save lives.
Pulling the carrots and getting ready to plant the tomatoes. And the peppers. And the corn. And the squash. And the catnip.