American Robin (wikimedia commons)
Redwinged Blackbird (wikimedia commons)
Western Meadowlark (wikimedia commons)
Fluffy (our tomcat)
So many feathered arrivals and more on the way, and yet one furry arrival who did not come from so far away. Fluffy, our tomcat, has come back to the barnyard. We saw flashes of him up at the lambing barn, but he would not come to our calls. He hid and played shy. He has come back around us again and I'm wondering why? He often goes out for the summer. I'm thinking I have figured it out -- maybe. First off, it's spring and there might be a pretty little she-cat he's interested in. And the other reason that I hope he is home for is mice. I don't know how it is where you live, but where I live we have a large mouse and rabbit population. One might call it an explosion! The barns, the granaries, the chicken coops and around the homes -- mice everywhere. I have always been one who is quick to throw some mouse poison out, but now with the little grandchildren around, it is just not safe to do it. So I am hopeful that Fluffy is home to catch mice. We have three other feral cats around -- Shadow (a black cat that is here and there like shadows on the ground), Boots (who was raised in the chicken coop years ago), and Mr. Darcy (a friend's cat who always ran astray decided the country life might be best). All make a living on their own.
Yesterday I had my daughter get on the Facebook Buy/Sell and ask if there was anyone with cats or kittens to give away. I need some good mousers! She has found me one so far, and his owner said he's a good mouser. I think cats are my safest mode of mouse and rabbit control. We'll find out. I'm going to try to find a few more.
On another note, we've had beautiful, warm weather. It's been fantastic for docking lambs and calving heifers. It's a pleasure to be out and about when your work is outdoors. We are noticing, however, that our lack of winter snow has left its mark. The dirt blows and blows. There is no moisture in the soil. I'm hopeful that we'll get some spring rains soon. Until then, I'm getting my daily dose of sunshine and my attitude is cheerier than it has been. The robin call: cheery-up cheeri-o makes me smile too!