Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Frogs and Rabbits and Other Lakeside Creatures

During this drought filled summer, we have seen more little rabbits than ever. When I take Sissy and Cassie out after dark, they are everywhere, their little white powder puff tails almost glowing white in the security lights.

They gather mostly in our neighbor's yard, because he waters and his grass is lush and green, unlike ours, which crunches like shredded wheat underfoot.

When we come out, they freeze in place, unmoving, except for their wiggly little noses, which twitch furiously as they attempt to identify our alien scents. Their long ears quiver, as they wait to see if we are going to approach or move away. When the chihuahuas finally notice them, of course, they feel compelled to alert the whole neighborhood, inciting all the other dogs to bark and howl furiously.

As the pandemonium mounts in intensity, the rabbits break free from their freeze, and scatter into the shadows, disappearing in an instant.

Most of the frogs we see are dead and dried little mummies, their tiny bodies lying in the sandy soil, victims of the drought.

The dogs seek out these tiny corpses, rub their faces on them, or pick them up to carry around until they finally drop them elsewhere.

As the lake dries up, the small critters are disappearing. We didn't see a single brood of baby ducks this summer. The frogs are running out of shallow water in which to breed.

We help as we can. We keep the hummingbird feeder filled with sweet nectar; we put our fruit and vegetable parings out behind the back porch for the rabbits, who devour them almost before I get back in the door. We keep the bird feeder full for the jays, sparrows, wrens, robins, cardinals and blue birds.

We can't do anything about the frogs or the ducks or the geese, except hope that eventually, when the lake returns, so will they.

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.


MotherT said...

If everybody did what they could most of the little critters would survive well.

I keep praying for the drought to really break and for your water levels to come back up.

Jan/ said...

The long term prediction is that the drought will extend into late next summer. But we both know that He is in control, and will take care of us as He cares for the least of these little critters.

HolyMama! said...

what a beautifully written post! i can picture all of that.

my fave line is the shredded wheat grass!

i pray next year's weather heals the land some. (although i haven't missed the mosquitos!)

Linda said...

From dogs alerting the whole neighborhood to walking on shredded wheat, this story is hilarious!

What lake do you live on? We live on Lake Erie and enjoy the same yard animal lifestyle as you!

We are blessed to have plenty of water and the lives of our beautifl creatures have been spared.

However... we have skunks and racoons that feed on bird seed most of the night, and frequently the skunks spray. The smell wakes me up from a deep sleep. But we love 'em anyway.

What a nice story you tell. I'm going to read it to my husband in the morning as a fun way to start the day! Hugs... : )