A Stroll in the Garden

I thought I would share a few of my garden neighbors with you.

*Clicking on a photo will give you a closer look!

There is the common and beneficial garter snake.

Garter Snake

“Well, then, let it go, let it go, if you’re so bull-headed about it. We can get you
some garter-snakes, and you can tie some buttons on their tails, and let on
they’re rattlesnakes, and I reckon that ‘ll have to do.” Tom to Jim in The
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

Garter Snake

This is a discovery that my Hubby made when he noticed grass sticking out of the old abandoned barbeque and opened the lid to investigate.

Squirrel Nest

Turns out Mrs. Squirrel has a rather comfy home here.  We could not determine if there were babies by looking through the front door, and this nest is deep.  So we left well enough alone and closed the lid of the barbeque.

On another day, Hubby decided to take a second look.  Turns out that Mrs. Squirrel turns into a hell cat when the lid is lifted while she is at home.  Hubby is a good ducker, and we will leave the family in peace.

I wish I could get Mrs. Squirrel to pose for you, but she is in perpetual motion when I see her out and about, and I don’t seem to have the time to stalk her for a photo.

It’s easy to smile when you have a squirrel’s intellect. -Dylan Moran

Squirrel Nest

Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher moved to the neighborhood back in 2013.  I have shared their family in several posts, which can be found under the Home and Garden Galleries 2013 tab2015 tab , and the 2016 tab at the top of this blog.

Western Flycatcher

One year, the resident bully hawks (Cooper Hawks, I think) destroyed the family, so Hubby built a bird house for them to reside in.  It seems that Mr. and Mrs. Flycatcher prefer to nest in the open (perhaps they are claustrophobic).  The barn swallows, however, love to reside in the bird house, and the two seem to make good neighbors.

Both residences are right there by the porch light…next to the front door to my residence.

Western Flycatcher

“Use what talents you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry Van Dyke

Western Flycatcher

I do not know where the residence of the Hawks is, but I do know that it is nearby.  They have left the flycatchers unmolested since the birdhouse was put there.  Hopefully, it shields them.

That seems to be the way of life…the bigger and more powerful preying on the small but courageous.

Stay healthy!  Stay safe! 

12 responses to “A Stroll in the Garden

  1. Wonderful photos! We discovered a squirrel nest in the lettuce patch last year.😳 DH took care of it, not fun, but in this case necessary.

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    • I am questioning our judgement…leaving the nest…but if there is to be unpleasant consequences later, we will deal with it then. So far, the squirrels have only been a nuisance in the form of digging up my potted plants so they can bury the acorns. Ha, ha!

      Oh…and I opened the back door to discover a squirrel hanging out on the screen. Thank goodness for screen doors! The chipmunks, on the other hand, are small enough to slip in under the screen doors. It has happened twice now. Hubby installs plastic weather stripping to deter this.

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      • I think these guys have got your number! With us it’s the robins…when the cherries are ripe, or the strawberries, they invite their friends and it is mayhem! Hope the squirrels don’t become an issue for you. Ours haven’t, but having babies inside the garden fence was asking for big trouble, especially with Max on guard duty.😝


  2. Sorry, I’m no squirrel lover…however…I do like me a Thamnophis or two…AKA: garden/garter snake. I learned how to handle/capture by hand harmless snakes (never could get into using a snake rope on the others) early as a tom boy – which came in handy when I was a work-study for a world famous Herpetologist in undergrad years!
    Who knew?
    Stay safe and sane, my dear Laura!

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  3. Love the photos … though would prefer not to see snakes in any form. I am going to make the effort to take photos of my garden, though every time I think of it lately I have rather dirty hands! Hope the dirty hands mean there will be more opportunities for photos in spring.

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  4. Love the little birdnest, not so keen on the snake but we so rarely see them over here so a lot of the fear is ignorance I’m afraid! I have a love hate relationship with grey squirrels – they’re fun to watch but they do cause an awful lot of damage. Now red squirrels are a different matter, they’re gorgeous and need protecting 🙂


    • It is indeed a grey squirrel that has taken up residence in the old barbeque. I am not keen on snakes, either, but the garter doesn’t bother me, and he really is beneficial to have around. You might not have those little mice to watch with your morning coffee if he was to take up residence in your garden. 🙂


  5. How lovely to have creatures making use of your garden. I especially like the birds nesting so close to each other. I hope the hawks stay away. The main predators round here are crows and magpies but I have read that squirrels will raid bird nests – so watch out!


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