Death stalks the back yard.

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“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#1 Apr 28, 2013
I have two bluebird boxes on my back fence. There have always been bluebirds nesting just one of them since I put them up four yeas ago. Sometimes, the same pair will hatch two clutches in one season.

This year, the bluebirds chose the box at the east of the yard. Usually, that leave the other box, about 30 feet away, vacant. Bluebirds will not nest near each other.

Ah, but this year, a pair of Carolina chickadees hatched a clutch in the other box.

I have large pyracanther bushes on either end of the back yard. In the one about 15 feet from the Carolina chickadees, a pair of mocking birds was feeding an amazing number of the damned mole crickets investing my lawn to their young.

The last time let C.J. out, around sunset last night, all three set of parents were actively servicing their young.

About 2:00 PM today, C.J. and I woke up from our nap.

When I let C.J. out into the yard, I like to sit on the patio and get a little sun and watch the birds in the yard and sky.

Still not sure that the mockingbirds would not eventually attack me and/or C.J., even though they have been feeding their young 25 feet away from me and sometimes 5 feet from C.J., they have not so far, I keep a look out for them. I think they became habituated to us while they were eating the pyracanther berries way before they built their nest. Yeah, I did not think mocking birds eat berries either, but the do - with gusto.

This afternoon, neither of them was anywhere in sight.

I knew instantly that something was wrong. Ten minutes later, none of the parent birds had made an appearance.

At that moment, I looked over at the box with the Carolina chickadees. There was something inside the box completely blocking the hole. I had a bad feeling.

When I rolled over a little closer, there were exactly the colors I was afraid I would find.

Completely filling the interior of the box was a large corn snake.

I rolled over to the pyracanther bush which I avoided for a couple of months. When I peered into the center of the bush, sure enough, the nest was empty.

When I rolled over to the bluebird box, I opened it. To my surprise, there sat two perfect bluebird eggs. Now, the parents had been bringing insects to the next for weeks. One of two things happened: the first clutch of young fledged and flew away within the last couple of days, unseen, as usual, and the female had already laid a second clutch, or, she had laid more eggs after the corn snake ate her young.

So, the snake for sure ate the mockingbird chicks and possibly the bluebird chicks before crawling into the Carolina chickadees' box and devouring their young as well.

That was one meal too many. He is now trapped in the box until he digests the birds enough to fit back out of the hole.

My first instinct was to grab my .410 and pop him right there in the box.

But hey, a snake's gotta do what a snake's gotta do.

My next project is to snake proof the bird boxes.

The good news is that they also eat rodents. Not to mention, they are one of our most beautiful and docile, non-poisonous native snakes.

Such is nature.

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#2 Apr 28, 2013
Damn it to hell, the freaking mole crickets were infesting my yard, not investing it!

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#3 Apr 29, 2013
Upon re-reading m original post this morning, I note that now entire words are missing.

I doubt damned seriously that an ostensibly benign program is doing that.

Anyway, the stuffed corn snake is still in the bluebird box this morning. I could unlatch it and let him out but I think I'll let him have one unpleasantly hot day in there. Perhaps hat will discourage him - but I doubt it.

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#4 Apr 29, 2013
"When I rolled over to the bluebird box, I opened it. To my surprise, there sat two perfect bluebird eggs. Now, the parents had been bringing insects to the next for weeks. One of two things happened: the first clutch of young fledged and flew away within the last couple of days, unseen, as usual, and the female had already laid a second clutch, or, she had laid more eggs after the corn snake ate her young."

The other possibility is that a bluebird was brooding the eggs when the snake suddenly appeared in the access hole blocking the bird's escape.
Jorge

Herndon, PA

#5 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:
Upon re-reading m original post this morning, I note that now entire words are missing.
I doubt damned seriously that an ostensibly benign program is doing that.
Anyway, the stuffed corn snake is still in the bluebird box this morning. I could unlatch it and let him out but I think I'll let him have one unpleasantly hot day in there. Perhaps hat will discourage him - but I doubt it.
The dog ate your homework again, including "m original" in this post. Perhaps if you gave up your misplaced penchant as spelling/grammar police, these would go unnoticed.

btw corn snakes love to make homes in the crotches of pyracantha.

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#6 Apr 29, 2013
Jorge wrote:
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The dog ate your homework again, including "m original" in this post. Perhaps if you gave up your misplaced penchant as spelling/grammar police, these would go unnoticed.
btw corn snakes love to make homes in the crotches of pyracantha.
In other words, you would stop f..king with me.

Not a chance, Alex/Jorge. I'm onto you and Anti-Jay too.

Karma's a bitch, bitch.
Jorge

Herndon, PA

#7 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:
<quoted text>
In other words, you would stop f..king with me.
Not a chance, Alex/Jorge. I'm onto you and Anti-Jay too.
Karma's a bitch, bitch.
Translation: "Whip me! Beat me! Sh*t in my face!"

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#8 Apr 29, 2013
The plot thickens.

I've been keeping an eye on the bird box.

To my amazement, what I thought was one huge corn snake was actually a mated - literally - pair.

Apparently, after a bird dinner date, they have been busy for hours in the bird box.

I got some great shots before they slithered off - still coupled - into the space between my back fence and the back fence to Brant Creek.

I never did see the whole snakes at once, but from the way they were stretched out between the slats of my fence, I would guess nearly 4 feet long.

While I sat there about 7 feet away for a full thirty minutes, it was really sad to see the
male Carolina chickadee keep returning to the fence, then hovering just outside the box without daring to go in. He would then swoop down at the snakes and become very vocal before flying off, only to return every five minutes or so.

The mocking bird pair is still hanging around the pyracanther bush where their perfect nest sits empty. It will be interesting to see if they lay another clutch.

No sign of the bluebirds yet.
Jorge

Herndon, PA

#9 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:

The mocking bird pair is still hanging around the pyracanther bush
Jay, 100X: pyracanthA. Not like the Greek alphabet: alpher, beter, gammer ...

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#11 Apr 29, 2013
Your day is coming, bitch. Wait for it.
Anon

Kingsland, GA

#12 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:
Your day is coming, bitch. Wait for it.
Yeah Jorge, you bitch. Can't you feel the fear hovering all about?
Perry Mason

Orlando, FL

#13 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:
Your day is coming, bitch. Wait for it.
One more quote copied and passed on to the law office of Mason and Associates.

“The one and only! ”

Since: Oct 10

St. Marys, GA

#14 Apr 29, 2013
You, know sometimes I get a nervous twitch in my right hand. That's the hand I control my wheelchair with.

I sure hope that someday when I'm hurtling through Walmart at 4.5 MPH with a combined weight of 625 lbs, I don't have a twitch while passing an oncoming bitch on my left. When it happens, I always veer left.
horny corny

Dornsife, PA

#15 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:
The plot thickens.
I've been keeping an eye on the bird box.
To my amazement, what I thought was one huge corn snake was actually a mated - literally - pair.
Apparently, after a bird dinner date, they have been busy for hours in the bird box.
I got some great shots before they slithered off - still coupled - into the space between my back fence and the back fence to Brant Creek.
I never did see the whole snakes at once, but from the way they were stretched out between the slats of my fence, I would guess nearly 4 feet long.
While I sat there about 7 feet away for a full thirty minutes, it was really sad to see the
male Carolina chickadee keep returning to the fence, then hovering just outside the box without daring to go in. He would then swoop down at the snakes and become very vocal before flying off, only to return every five minutes or so.
The mocking bird pair is still hanging around the pyracanther bush where their perfect nest sits empty. It will be interesting to see if they lay another clutch.
No sign of the bluebirds yet.
"I got some great shots before they slithered off - still coupled"..........Moreno, the Corn Snake porn producer.

Or perhaps just a Corn Snake porn voyeur.
make my day

Dornsife, PA

#16 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:
You, know sometimes I get a nervous twitch in my right hand. That's the hand I control my wheelchair with.
I sure hope that someday when I'm hurtling through Walmart at 4.5 MPH with a combined weight of 625 lbs, I don't have a twitch while passing an oncoming bitch on my left. When it happens, I always veer left.
That sounds like a threat, fat man.

I'm going to copy this and add it to my list of "Actionable Calumnies".
Telling it like it is

Woodbine, GA

#17 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:
The plot thickens.
I've been keeping an eye on the bird box.
To my amazement, what I thought was one huge corn snake was actually a mated - literally - pair.
Apparently, after a bird dinner date, they have been busy for hours in the bird box.
I got some great shots before they slithered off - still coupled - into the space between my back fence and the back fence to Brant Creek.
I never did see the whole snakes at once, but from the way they were stretched out between the slats of my fence, I would guess nearly 4 feet long.
While I sat there about 7 feet away for a full thirty minutes, it was really sad to see the
male Carolina chickadee keep returning to the fence, then hovering just outside the box without daring to go in. He would then swoop down at the snakes and become very vocal before flying off, only to return every five minutes or so.
The mocking bird pair is still hanging around the pyracanther bush where their perfect nest sits empty. It will be interesting to see if they lay another clutch.
No sign of the bluebirds yet.
I am sort of surprised that the mocking birds didn't peck a hole in the snakes head. They are usually very aggressive towards snakes. Interesting that they didn't. I had a pair out by my back porch and they wouldn't even let the neighbors cat get inside the fence before they were all over her like white on rice. They would send that cat back home with her jumping up in the air every time they swooped in like a pair of P-40's and nailed her right on her hind end.It was funny to watch but she eventually got the message and quit coming around.
Jorge

Herndon, PA

#18 Apr 29, 2013
Am I to understand that I made "The List?"
IDK

Atlanta, GA

#19 Apr 29, 2013
I think you just made the "Bitch" list.....to qualify for the "List" list your comments must contain libelous comments as deemed so by Jay. Of course the threat of a 650 lb wheeled attack might mean you're on the "Hit" list.
How Low Can He Go

Saint Marys, GA

#20 Apr 29, 2013
Moreno Jay wrote:
You, know sometimes I get a nervous twitch in my right hand. That's the hand I control my wheelchair with.
I sure hope that someday when I'm hurtling through Walmart at 4.5 MPH with a combined weight of 625 lbs, I don't have a twitch while passing an oncoming bitch on my left. When it happens, I always veer left.
So once again, ol' Jay-bird threatens a woman who is respected and admired throughout Camden County. What a shock! If anyone's ever wondered how low Jay can go, here it is: he's incapacitated, in "large" part by his food-driven obesity, and threatening to harm someone with his taxpayer-funded wheelchair because his obsession/delusion leads him to believe that she's "speaking to him" on Topix. Wow, Jay. Seek help now!
Jorge

Herndon, PA

#21 Apr 29, 2013
How Low Can He Go wrote:
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So once again, ol' Jay-bird threatens a woman
Mi nombre es Jorge. Last I checked, that was not a 'roid hanging down.

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