Monday, April 26, 2010
Animals Love Vegetables
A vegetable farm attracts lots of wild animals. We’ve had deer (see previous deer post here) that need to be shooed off the field, marmots (like a beaver without the tail), and scores of birds.
We enjoy seeing hawks and ospreys circle slowly over the fields.
An electricity company has built a platform on top of one of their power poles to accommodate the osprey, and put a webcam directly above it. Take a look at the live webcam of the osprey nest.
We also have rodents. I have a healthy fear of mice. This means that I am scared to death of them. My husband says I have a special scream just for mice.
Last fall I was harvesting squash ("harvesting" sounds better than bend over, cut the stem, push the squash into a pile, repeat). My husband wondered why I left the field in such a hurry.
“There was a rustle!”, I explained. “A rustle?” enquired my fearless husband. “Yes, I wasn’t alone in the pumpkin patch. So, obviously, one of us had to leave. Quickly.”
Before I met my husband, I once had a mouse in my apartment. I left. I don’t mean that I just left for the day. I packed a bag and moved in with a relative for the duration.
Such a fear of mice might seem unusual for a woman who now lives on a vegetable farm. Well, it’s not ideal.