Good morning everyone! It’s been a strange morning. I have lost all my gulls except Lady Pearl and her new mate, but they only come once a day. And there are so many crows around now, they are really making things hard for the other birds. The blue jays are around each day now, but if I manage to get some peanuts to them the crows are chasing after them right away. I don’t want to lose the blue jays, there is only 3 at the moment, I usually have 10, because they help protect the small birds during the winter. So it looks like I will have to stop feeding the remaining two gulls so the crows won’t get any food, then they should move on somewhere else. I hope.
Speaking of mice, Muffin was upset that I didn’t mention this yesterday. At around 4:30am I heard a loud scramble out here and then Muffin’s victory meowing. She had caught a mouse again. This place has a mouse problem. I thought my last apartment had a lot of mice (mostly voles in that place) and I thought this apartment, being nicer, would be mouse free. It isn’t. There have been a lot of mice and voles come in here. Muffin catches them quite quickly, and unlike many cats, she kills them immediately. Probably because when she was on her own with her kittens she needed these critters for food. But, these are deer mice. They can, very often, carry disease. The most common is Hantavirus and 38% of people getting this disease die from it, others can have serious problems for long periods of time. Here in Canada about 30% also carry lyme disease. Not fun critters to have around. So I’m glad Muffin gets them fast and she lets me have it every time and I toss it out for the birds. And give Muffin a treat. She figures it’s a good trade. Speaking of…no, wait, I’ll leave that one for now, this is long enough for today.
Those flowers on Sunday which I didn’t know the name of are “Angelonia (Serenita Rose)”. Thank you Simon for finding the name for me! The top flower today is my blushing pink geranium and the flower in the pic just above is one of the last hollyhocks in my landlord’s garden. I hope you all have a wonderful day and God bless!
Steve and Muffin.
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