Last weekend, our neighbour had fence posts removed, leaving huge holes along the property line for a few hours. Looking through the kitchen window, I noticed a neighbourhood crow looking into a hole, maneuvering around it, as if attempting to get in there.
My husband and I guessed there was food below.
The crow gave up and when I looked in the hole, a fat little mouse was down there, stranded.
We felt bad for it and despite our best efforts to rescue it via a shovel, then a stick plastered with peanut butter, hoping it would climb the stick, the mouse died. I had dropped in cheese for the poor creature, giving it a last meal at least. Poor thing. A quick death from the crow might have been better.
A slug somehow made its way into the hole as well
and while we watched the area, another mouse went by the hole without falling in. An area Song Sparrow, probably one of those who greets me every morning at dawn, stopped by the stick for a look around.
The mouse was not alone at the end.
We took the peanut butter stick out of the hole and left it on the patio and before we could wipe off the peanut butter, a crow discovered it and pecked it off the stick.
The crow did a good job cleaning the stick!
Starlings live in our neighbourhood and nesting is underway. One day last week, we noticed a neighbour putting a grate over one of the back vents on his house. The next day, two starlings were noisy and posturing on the roof of the house.
We saw each land on the grate and call out as it did. The two continued the behaviour for hours, possibly because their nest was destroyed or made inaccessible by the grate.
The neighbourhood animals include numerous birds besides Crows, Starlings and Sparrows, such as Tree Swallows, Robins, Blue Jays, and Flickers. Foxes have stopped by as well as several predatory felines. Unlike the cats, neighbourhood dogs are confined to their yards, but we hear them greeting others often.
You know, there is a children’s story featuring the neighbourhood animals waiting to be told here. Even if that never happens though, the animals sure keep us entertained.