Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sneaky Birds

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!


Rachel said...

stunned (stunned!)

:P cats are funny...ours grabs my hair ties then runs around the apartment with her tail in the air like she's totally Miss Thang. :D

Eggman Studios said...

Haha! Yeah...I love cats. :)

MarmeeCraft said...

oh my! I am always catching sight of little bits of nature like this and being traumatized for hours! I've seen far too many hawk-attacks in my time!! (They love to go for doves and small woodpeckers, who make the most horrible cries for help!) :(

Your new work below is so lovely!!

lori said...

Thanks for sharing. It really is so neat to see that kind of nature happen up close and personal. I have hawk living in the trees behind my house. Not long ago I saw him swoop down and snatch a squirrel, no more than ten feet in from of me. He carried it up into a tree and it was kicking and fighting to get free, without success. It is a little traumatizing, but fascinating nonetheless. Although, I have a little six and a half pound dog...makes me a bit nervous.

I found your blog a couple of months ago by the way and I'm pretty sure this is my first comment. I really like your artwork.

KUKA´S WORLD said...

Lovely Blog!! This is my first time seeing your blog and it is great!


Eggman Studios said...

Thank you, dears, for sharing your predator-meets-prey stories! :) Nature never ceases to amaze me.