There have been quite a few mysterious findings in the yard this spring
and summer...exploratory excavations, strange scat, yellow jackets
starting a new nest. I did have to dust the raised strawberry bed with
Sevin to discourage the yellow jackets...
This morning, I went out earlier than usual to have coffee by the pond.
Just starting to get light. Walking slowly so's not to spill my
coffee. Got about ten feet from the pear tree when I saw something
white moving beneath the tree....OH! Those are white stripes! Went back
to garage, turned on the outside light and made some noise so the skunk
high-tailed it to go under the shed. Now, my experience and logic tell
me that the critters who squeeze in between the gate and the fence don't
feel obliged to squeeze back out if they can find their favorite snacks
here. So I'll just leave the gates open to let them know they are free
to leave. Might do something to get rid of grubs next year, but they
haven't been a big bother. There is a feral cat that knows where the
rabbits are in the neighbor's yard.
My friends are starting to send me frogs to put in the pond, but they
won't stay. Don't know where they hide, but got some nice, thick shrubs
around the pond where I've seen the big bullfrog go. I'm sure a heron
will stop in sometime; don't mind if one takes one or two koi.