It feels like summer has arrived instead of spring. The weather has been hot (90F/32C), the pool is heated, and I'm beginning to see a lot more wildlife in and around our backyard. I live in a canyon and we see a lot of critters here particularly in warm weather.
A few days ago a five foot long snake slithered it's way through my backyard. I'm not real fond of snakes and most of the snakes we see are rattlers … I'm really not fond of those.
We have a big pool in our backyard. We spend a lot of time hanging out by the pool when the weather is warm. Every single year we have birds that arrive and build a nest in the "cave" in our pool. We have one of those natural looking rock pools. It has a waterfall with a cave behind it. There's also a slide for people to go down on one side of the waterfall.
I think the birds like to make a nest in the cave because it's fairly hidden from animals that might prey on it. (We have hawks, big horned owls, etc. in our canyon.) When the waterfall was off I took this picture of the nest inside the cave.
Maybe the nest isn't hid quite well enough?
My Golden Retriever can hear the baby birds chirping, but he isn't quite sure what to do about it.
The Mama Bird looks on anxiously at us when we're anywhere near the pool. I keep the waterfall off whenever there are babies hatched so the Mama Bird can get in and out to feed them. Do any of you know what type of bird this is?
Our Golden climbed on top of the waterfall and rocks to chase her out of "his" yard. She flew into a tree in our neighbor's yard. He must think he's protecting us from her?
I swam into the cave to see how many babies hatched this year. There are four, but they're hard to see. They look like a big blob of fluffy feathers with yellow beaks.
After awhile our Golden decided he was hot and ready for another swim.
I knew he wouldn't swim into the cave after the babies. He loves to swim too much to waste his time on them. While he swam, the Mama Bird returned with food for her babies. I made sure our Golden was distracted and having too much fun to notice.
Later in the day a red-tailed hawk spotted the nest. I chased it away. We've had the same hawk living in a nearby tree for years now.
For now the babies are safe. It won't be long until they're out of the nest and flying. In the meantime, I'll make sure our Golden stays too distracted to bother them.
There's nothing he loves more than a good swim, especially if he has things to retrieve out of the pool!