On the long uphill climb of backfilling our power ditch and the subsequent unfilling after I remembered we still needed to run a phone line (someday I will dig a ditch only once) I pondered and was visited by a bunch of good guys.
We’ve got garter snakes, salamanders, and frogs. There are two pair of swallows in residence in the shed of the barn. These guys are all pretty entertaining but I’ve always had a soft spot for swallows. Swooping and eating and their little V tails wobbling to balance their aerobatics. Goldfinches which seem to sag mid flight with crops full of weed seed and bugs.
Bats silhouetted against the clear night sky seem to flutter and fall, twist and get their little jets started again when they catch moths and termites.
Bald faced hornets, wasps, and yellow jackets are cleaning up the bad guys too. We tolerate them as much as possible. Don’t attempt to dislodge a nest while wearing flip-flops (zoris, thongs, jandals)
Even the pair of red tailed hawks and our local pack of coyotes do their part keeping the rodent population in check. While I’ll have to take extra measures to protect future poultry flocks I am happy for the help for now.
This weekend a little guy flew to my backhoe. I stopped work to walk up and show L with him climbing through the endless tunnel of my hands as I moved one over another in succession.
And this little tough guy, the Northern Aligator Lizard. They eat lots of bad guys even baby mice! At 6 inches long he has quite an attitude.
It’s nice to have helpers on the farm. Now if I could only get some help with this ditch.