posted by Monteen @ 7:43 PM
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I loved the footage of the heron working your pond...nice job capturing nature at work. I really believe birds domestic or wild, are much smarter than we give them credit for...I believe, in my non expert, humble opinion, that the heron was aware of your being the healer and caretaker of the birds you have there on your property and I believe the birds all communicate tons of info we humans are not privy to, and word gets around about a safe haven to hunt, nest, and live and they know that...same with my place I can walk outside at 3am and see Barred owls or Barn owls working the chicken yard and my backyard 20 feet away and they don't fly away b/c they know I'm friend not foe...we had a small white crane fly up on our barn 10 ft from us back in the summer- we had the hose on and I was running water for the geese and ducks, and I believe he wad desperate for water, but I also believe the waterfowl from our pond ( we have herons, cranes, ducks, geese at the pond next door to us) anyway, I think they know this is a safe place too...I don't allow human hunters on my property. We have had a MASSIVE flock of migrating birds around the yard and pasture lately..and of course, the resident coopers hawk has been keen on this.. well, she was after some lunch yesterday, and the birds became two great waves taking off out of the trees... as you can imagine, this freaked my chickens out and they came running up to the patio (all 50 of them ) as Madam Coopers Hawk jetted over the backyard!! I would have loved to have caught it on camera. Anyway, I'm over wordy as usual, but wanted to tell you thanks for what you do for the birds, and I hope all is well with Stacy, Wally, GW, and Dieter-may God bless all of you . Hugs D.
I was amazed at how calm the heron was around the cats AND the chickens, not to mention me. Did you hear Richard in the background grumbling about the whole thing? As much as I complain about him, he's a great sentinel; he lets me know when the owls come into the yard during the day, so I can be out there, camera in hand, to extract my non-cash payment for living at the poverty level. :)
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