Some days are better than others.
As you may know, I leave a 'wild place' behind the pine trees near the golf course.
I only mow once or twice back there each summer. The grass gets long and other things take hold. I find lots of golf balls back there, especially since I added that additional length of snow fence.
There are lots of wild flowers and grasses. Lots of fireflies and hoppers. Oh my yes, lots of little green hoppers.
I watched a PBS program called "My Life as a Turkey" and remember it whenever I walk back there. In the show the turkeys just loved to walk through grass and feast on hoppers. I always think, as I straighten the fence, collect balls, pick up sticks, etc. that turkeys would like this place.
And guess what.
They do! At least one did.
I was drinking morning tea around 8 a.m. and gazed out toward the pine trees. Saw something. Something ... different. It didn't move and I didn't have a good view.
I settled in watched him for a good 30 minutes. It not only ate hoppers, but pulled seed heads off the spirea and some of the more mature grasses.
Where did he come from? Who knows. Did he walk in? Fly?
Eventually a mower came in the golf course and the bird leisurely came out from behind the pines and entered the ring bed. He walked along the far edge, pulling at dried milkweed, investigated the asters and then headed further up the hill.
There is a clump of long grass (probably perennial rye) right at the tip of the ring bed and he grazed on that for a good 10 minutes, stripping all the seeds.
Then he headed back south, exited the ring bed toward the house, and meandered along the side of the property. At the front of the lawn he pecked at one of the burning bush a bit, then crossed the road, heading toward the very-well manicured neighboring lawns and the also well-mown monastery beyond. Don't think he'll find much forage there, I'm thinking.
Well, watching that big bird was a very well-spent hour. Luckily the zoom on the camera did a pretty good job of capturing some of the action.
He had breakfast. I had breakfast. And now we're both off to the rest of our day. Can't speak for him, but I'm having the chimney cleaned today. Winter's not that far off. Gotta get crackin' !