The neighbors turkey and roosters have been making regular visits lately. We have enjoyed watching them scratching around in the dirt looking for insects, but they make a terrible mess though. But at least they're cute.
The other day after being gone all day, we came home to quite a mess. Al had recently put a lot of pretty red mulch down and evidently they had been working those areas, and mulch was spread everywhere!
The next morning, I was sitting on the couch, watching tv and reading blogs. One rooster and the turkey were digging around in the mulch under the Mimosa tree. All of a sudden, the turkey started running back up the hill towards home, with the rooster following behind. I couldn't figure it out. I thought maybe he heard his owner call him for dinner or something. It was kind of strange.
Later in the day, Al went outside with a rake in order to put all the mulch and dried grass back where it belonged. He found a nasty surprise in the ground under the Mimosa tree. He found a huge yellow jacket nest. He figured easily a couple hundred of them were flying around. Luckily he got away without being stung, and put them on his "to do" list for later in the day. Remember, he is an exterminator :)
We think the turkey and possibly the rooster got stung by the yellow jackets and that was why they ran off. We haven't seen anyone in our yard since!
Of course, now being the animal lovers that we are, we started to worry about them.
We've taken a few golf cart rides up to where they live and have not seen the turkey. Al thought he may have heard him this morning though. Hope so. Poor guy, probably got stung pretty bad and enough stings could easily have killed him.
We have some other critter news. Al has been seeing a fox in our pasture area again. We used to see 2-3 of them very frequently but hadn't seen one for a while. We assumed someone had shot them for raiding chicken coops or something. But this morning Al saw one sunning himself in the pasture, just like old times!
We're enjoying the beautiful fall weather with night time temps in the lower 50's and even upper 40's. It's in the 70's or low 80's in the daytime. Perfect weather, with clear blue skies!
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