This morning outside my window I saw this:
I left Katie inside and went out to see what she was doing. I think she was headed up our hill to lay eggs.
This is the third snapping turtle I’ve seen over on this side of our yard this week; the other two were even larger than today’s mama. Pretty soon we should be overrun with baby turtles. But it rarely happens that way. Usually I find one or two a summer somewhere in our yard and I take them across the street to the pond where their mamas live.
Meanwhile after a quick photo I left her alone to do her job. I hope she makes it back across the road when she’s finished. I know I’m not going to be helping her back to the pond!
PS: More than 4 hours later I am weeding a bed at the front of the house when I realize there’s a nest in a crab tree and a robin is sitting on it. That’s nice. But it’s in the middle of where I need to weed. She’s watching me. I go inside to discuss the problem with husband who is planning on rotatilling that area this afternoon. I don’t think that is a good idea. I think we should let the grass grow there till after any babies fly away. I go back outside. She’s not sitting on the nest. I work for a little while and she starts to scold me from a nearby tree. I move my wheelbarrow, myself and my shovel to the front porch and watch. She flies back to her nest.
Maybe I should give up on this garden and move to the one at the south of the house. I go inside and over to the window overlooking that weed infested garden to see if the sun is there yet, hoping for shade. And I see this:
She stops and sniffs the air, then makes a beeline for the garden.
I watch her walk through the garden right up to the house. She’s staring at me in the window the whole time.
She’s under the deck now. Hopefully laying more eggs. Katie is inside, the door to the deck open. Suddenly she’s barking and staring down between the deck boards. I shut the door.
Wildlife 2. Weeding 0.
That’s fine with me.