Looking out the kitchen window, I was witness to a full force magpie attack on the nest of Mr. & Mrs. a few moments ago…ran out to grab the hose, but the predator shot out as soon as I appeared on scene. Mr. & Mrs. were strategically squawking from the eaves trough across from the nest. I sat on the front step and watched the entire drama until Mr. tentatively entered to check on the little guys. It seems all is well because the babes began to shout for snacks shortly after. I can just imagine the horror of a magpie’s beak pressing in from the outside world. As I sat, I noticed the magpie’s babe, bopping along on a neighbour’s lawn; the cat from across the street, belly low to the ground, stalking it. Great patterned fans opened up and the mama, with loud assault-call, swooped down and then up into the safety of a tree branch, dive-bombing the cat over and over again. Hmmm…tough life out there for the world of birds.
In the garden today…the first Oriental Poppy blooms. I spot asparagus, finally, sprouting from seed. The carrots appear and lots of radishes. The lettuce is looking healthy. A beautiful afternoon for a little gardening.