White-throated Sparrows (15) and Chipping Sparrows (4) have replaced Juncos
(1) at my feeders. Additional season firsts: Blue-headed Vireo,
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Swamp Sparrow....
With the warm night, our windows were open. The dawn chorus began about 5am
- first the robin and then the insistent, never ending, Tufted Titmouse.
He's been carryi9ng on since with lots of variations!
While not a bird sighting, this is too good not to share!!!
So last Tues night, I had finished cleaning up after supper and was on my
way down the hall to the bathroom, when, there on the hall floor, was a
SNAKE!! How in the world did a snake get into this house which is only 15
yrs old with an intact foundation!??? And what kind of snake was it???
Turns out it was a harmless, beautiful Milk Snake, about 24" long.
We can only guess it came in on/in the wood which is our heating source. On
Sun morning we brought a refill load of wood into our boiler room which is
attached to our house. That night was the BIG NE blow and storm here. We
lost electricity at 1:30 am. Since our boiler must use elec to circulate
the water, we deactivated it when we awoke at 3am - until Tues morning - so
it remained coolish in the boiler room with the door shut. Guess refiring
the boiler was enough to warm up our little visitor. Ironically, the boiler
room door had been closed all day. At this time of year when wood burns so
slowly, it can be a smelly burn. When hubby came in for chow, he must have
left the door open a crack. Our visitor entered! What a surprise! The
snake went through 2 movings of the wood so must have been pretty cozy and
solid where ever he was spending the winter! We put him back outside in
another wood pile - after photographing him. Julie, would you be willing to
post the picture?
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