Friday, September 09, 2016

More margins

This is another one of those places that Callie likes to walk. Here, we're next to the piney woods, a place that we've walked a few times. The brush is thick on the edges, but we can usually find a deer path in. Once inside, the walking is nice because there is no undergrowth, and the ground is covered with a thick layer of pine needles. Callie has an easier time than I do because she doesn't have to duck and weave around the low branches.

Someone mows a wide swath of the tall grass between the piney woods (left) and this vineyard parcel (right).

Bert surprised us yesterday afternoon with a mole. He rarely catches moles (this may be his third in eight or nine years) and he doesn't even attempt to eat them. I read that cats don't like to eat moles. They must taste bad or something. I hope he got this one from our back yard. They're not very active right now, however. I think that the dry summer has driven them down toward the stream beds where the ground is more damp and there's more food to be had.

6 comments:

  1. Callie has discernment in her choices - and totally disregards any obstacles or difficulties you may have in traversing the same territories. 'Twas ever thus with animals!

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  2. My daughter's cats catch moles all the time and get sick if they ever try to eat them. Since they continue to chase the moles, the moles have moved elsewhere. So have the mice, for the most part. The kitties are earning their keep.

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  3. My daughter's cats catch moles all the time and get sick if they ever try to eat them. Since they continue to chase the moles, the moles have moved elsewhere. So have the mice, for the most part. The kitties are earning their keep.

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  4. Are there ticks in those woods? Our cat catches voles often and brings them to us rather than eating them. Mice are usually partly eaten.

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  5. raybeard, when she was a pup, she ran under the vines and caught her head in the nearly invisible support wires. Since then, she continues to run under the vines, but knows about the wires and has never hit one again. Smart dog!

    ellen, lucky that the moles have moved! No such luck here!

    judy, thanks!

    evelyn, the ticks are all around, usually in the tall grass. But I haven't seen very many this season. Maybe it's been too dry for them?

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