Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Snack Bush

So, we have this blackberry bush out back. I call it the 'Snack Bush'. In part because in the summer we get a lot of berries from it and that always makes a nice snack. But really, the main reason is that it provides snacks for the wildlife. The squirrels and chipmunks really enjoy the berries. The catbirds have been known to visit it when it's fully loaded and the house sparrows use it for nests, shelter and a general birdy hang-out.

And because the sparrows use it for their hang-out, the neighborhood cats will visit it at snack time. And the other day, a nice big red-tailed hawk visited it. He sat on the deck railing for several minutes, peering into the depths of the blackberry brambles, looking for a tasty snack. He left empty-beaked. This time.


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