Rooster Crowin’ on Sourwood Mountain

July 16 – We have had an interesting visitor here at our house, well, outside at least! I was awakened one recent morning by a very familiar sound of my childhood. “Cock-a-doodle-do”, a very loud crowing, but when the rooster decided to park just outside our bedroom window and show off his voice, I finally gave up and got up about an hour earlier than I had planned! As I watched the bird make the rounds of our yard, taking the time every little bit to proclaim that we had a visitor, I followed his journey around the fruit trees until he finally came to the garden. Fortunately, the fence kept the plants safe, and Mr. Rooster made his way off in the direction of his home about a quarter mile away.

Wild turkey in the grass

Wild turkey in the grass

Somehow or other he decided that he would rather continue his visit to our yard, and his loud voice told us that he was now in the front yard. Grabbing my camera, I quietly went out onto the porch. What a surprise I got!

Just as I tried to focus on the rooster, I saw three big turkey hens walking on the other side of the road near our mailbox! Where they came from I don’t know, but they didn’t plan on staying. As they quickly scooted around the mailbox to be on their way, I saw a poor little baby following along behind. Of course, it couldn’t keep up, especially in the taller grass by the fence. When the ladies flew up and away down the road, I wondered what would happen to the baby. Maybe the mothers waited for it further down the road, who knows.

Albezia tree

Albezia tree

Once they had gone, I turned back to the rooster, who by this time, had started his journey around the albizia tree, pecking at food in the grass. Since I thought it would soon be in our back yard, I hurried to the garage and sat on the tailgate of the truck, waiting for a good view.

As the rooster pecked on some stuff in the driveway, our cat, who had been lying inside the garage, became interested in seeing what made that rooster tick.

Cat, meet rooster. Rooster, meet Cat.

Cat, meet rooster. Rooster, meet Cat.

She watched in silence, lying on her stomach with head down–until the big bird saw her. Checking each other out, the rooster moved towards the cat, and she towards him! As Cat moved slowly out onto the driveway, the bird moved closer to her! Finally, Cat moved a little too close, and Rooster flew off to the bird feeder. After picking out some tidbits from the millet on the ground, he flew right up into the feeder box! For the next ten minutes or so, both were happily engaged in two activities; Rooster pecking food, and Cat watching its every movement.

Squirrel thinks he owns the place

Squirrel thinks he owns the place

But you know who wasn’t happy? High up in the big maple tree, watching and scolding very loudly, was a squirrel! Chattering rhythmically he stayed there till I went out to see what color he was. Kind of reddish-brown, one who doesn’t come around much any more since we don’t put out any food that he likes. After all, when we were feeding EIGHT squirrels from morning till dark, it was time to quit. Before the rooster arrived there were blue jays, cardinals, doves, and sparrows in the feeder area. – CHRIS

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