Last night a HUGE screech owl perched on the edge of the MONSTER MAN SHED under construction in our front yard. Oh, did it screech. It's cry echoed through the house and I watched it step in tiny circles, silhouetted by moonlight. Magnificent creature, it was probably almost 2 feet tall and I waited for it to fly away so I could glimpse its wingspan, I knew it would be impressive. Then, 10 minutes later, quick as a wink, if dove off the roof into the field below. I wondered why it screeched. Was it calling to a partner or listening to its cry echo back as it searched for a meal?
We've had loads of toads and frogs around here. The other night a snake which lives beneath our porch steps leapt forward and snagged a frog in its mouth. It was lucky, happening upon it and seeing the entire drama play out under the porch light.
Most of the prairie is blooming yellow right now, and the grind of crickets and grasshoppers buzzes against our ears. We've spotted more butterflies and a huge amount of hummingbirds this year, too.
The wildest beasts of all are lazily hibernating on couches for one more week before their mother kicks them out of the nest for days at a time. She's looking forward to cleaning out the nest, removing the food scraps and other waste matter. When they leave, she'll stretch her legs to enjoy her own freedom in the wild.