Today I spent a good portion of my day in the garden (I'm growing my own veggie & fruit garden this year!). The sun was out, the birds were singing, people were mowing their lawns... Yup, it's definitely Spring.
Meanwhile, a few feet away, my neighbor's cat was lazily playing with a not-quite-dead shrew. For like, 15 minutes. He'd toss the shrew, let it run away, grab it again, bat it some more, yawn, let it run some more, etc.
"Are you ever just going to finish the poor thing off?" I said to the cat, who ignored me.
Then, seemingly out of nowhere, swooped down a stealthy Steller's Jay, who nabbed the shrew right out from under the cat's nose and flew off with it dangling from her beak.
"Whoa," I said aloud.
Needless to say, the cat was stunned (stunned!). He couldn't believe that someone--a bird, no less--had stolen his shrew. It was quite the insult.
"Serves ya right."
Man, Nature is pretty cool. As a side note, I also had no idea that jays eat rodents--but apparently, they do. Go figure.
I'll come back in the next day or two with a larger, more visual post (promise!). I just had to tell you all what I saw.
Have a great day, everyone! Hope you're doing well!