03 August 2006

Territorial Crow?

I walked up on this guy and he let me close. Very unusual. He finally took off and I saw why. He was hungry!

02 August 2006

Julia sets up the cards her way

While I was eating breakfast, Julia says: Let's play Uno, Papa. I said get it ready and we'll play one game before I start work.

She setup 5 cards on each side and we start to play like normal. She hits me with a +2 draw right away and giggles. I pick up 2 and put down 1. She doesn't have a matching card so she puts down a wild card. Wow, I said, that's a good hand! I don't have a match so I pick one. She hits me me w/ a +2 draw again. I pick up 2, put down 1. I'm starting to wonder. She's giggling pretty consistently by this point. Another wild card from her and I ask: Did you stack the deck? I don't think she knows what this means but she says Yes and giggles more while finishing me off with another +2 draw card. Where does she learn this stuff?

01 August 2006

Coyote attacks fawn behind the house

I heard an urgent, distressed and disturbing loud EEEEE, EEEEE, EEEEEE repeatedly and jolted awake. Something was after something else and the something else was making EEEEE sounds. From the bed, I could see a bunch of deer standing around below. Then I saw a wagging tail, legs moving around in the air, the bunched deer racing away and then creeping back up .. and everything was repeated and repeated again.

My view wasn't that great so I put on my leg, interrupted Mia from her morning tea and we went out back as I told her what I saw. I was pretty sure it was a coyote due to the wagging tail. Not long enough and too shaggy for a mountain lion. I think anyway... Then Mia saw the coyote run off. I'm glad it wasn't a lion. We don't need that kind of tension again.

The deer stayed around for an hour w/ one or two coming back all day. I guess deer mourn also. Interestingly, all the deer were does. One doe was making quiet deep sounds. Maybe the mama.

As sad as it is, we have too many deer and this is a good thing. The overpopulation of deer attract mountain lions. Lions are bad thing!