The Print of the Month for April was taken at sunset on Wolf Bay along the Alabama coast. It had been a long day and the image of a tired boathouse against the backdrop of a beautiful sunset seemed very appropriate. But it was the pelicans that first caught my eye as each one drifted in and took up its favorite piling perch. I stayed for quite a while watching the sun finally sink below the horizon while the pelicans flew in and occupied each and every piling. No fuss, no fights, no squabbling. Yes, animals do have their disagreements, particularly over food and mates but overall they get along quite well, learn fast and are fun to watch.
Speaking of learning fast, we live on a rather large tract of land chock full of deer, turkeys, raccoons, opossums, bobcats, etc, etc. We call it a farm but it is really an animal shelter of sorts. Every day we put out corn and the deer and turkeys know exactly what time of day. They are, of course very interesting to watch as they come pouring out of the woods anticipating their snack. I store the corn in two 40 gallon plastic garbage cans in the horse barn tack room. Mice, which are just part of the scenery, have bored a neat one inch diameter hole in the plastic top and regularly drop in to get their share in spite of the fact that I always place a hand full of kernels on the floor for them so they won’t chew up my electrical wires. That has worked well for some years. This spring I noticed a fat field mouse (probably pregnant) in the corn can every morning. One would expect that any self respecting mouse would be terrified of this great big animal opening the can and peering in. But not this little female. She just looks up with mousy eyes and wiggles her nose waiting for me to lower the plastic scoop into the corn wherein she casually walks into the scoop and I gently put her out. I have never seen a mouse react that way and have come to realize that she has me very well trained. This has gone on for perhaps a month now during which time she has gotten much thinner. She has obviously had her young and I half expect to come one day and see the whole family in their. I will let you know. In the meantime, enjoy the beauty of nature. It provides a learning experience every day!
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