There is a tree in our front yard that is a home to crows, the crows fly in and out of the tree all day. During the school term the crows steal food from the grounds, they steal yogurt containers, muesli bars, and tuck shop paper bags. All of the rubbish from the food ends up under the tree. But then something started to happen, there were dead animals under the tree every day for 5 days. A rat, another rat, a top knot pigeon, a lorikeet, another rat. I started to expect a corpse under the tree after a few days.
I buried all of the animals under the tree in among all of the litter under the tree. It’s a huge pine so there are heaps of needles and dirt underneath to bury the animals.
After that first 5 days we’ve only seen a few more dead animals under the tree. Mostly old ones, like half mummified rats and bird parts. Today I was reminded of all of the animals the showed up under the tree over that week after my partner mowed under the tree uncovering the poorly buried bodies (it’s super dry under the tree and hard to dig up).
As I have a bit of a collections of bones and body bits the corpses under the tree don’t bother me and I can easily bury them when they do show up. We don’t think the crows were actually killing the the animals but that the rats were poisoned (there were heaps of dead rats in the area at the time) and that a cat originally killed the birds and the crows stole the bodies.
I’ve been wanting to start a blog series about my most treasured possessions, so here it is, post one in the series.
My treasures fill my space. Some are books, some things, some significant because of where they came from and what they mean.
I’ve had this book-Biological Drawings- for about 20 years. The copy I have was published in 1957. It is in fairly good condition considering it is a soft cardboard cover and has been kept in my room that tends to be filled with bugs who eat books, in fact it looks rather untouched by bugs. Perhaps it was covered in some sort of bug repellent many years ago.
Biological Drawings is one of my most favourite things. Not only is it an old book but it is about anatomy of both plants and animals and was written by a woman. I loved looking at the dissected rabbit when I was younger. Recently I’ve most enjoyed the insects and the plants.
I love the little rabbit hands up near its head, all trapped by the removing of the skin.
Below, some of the plant drawings.
I was reading these bird beak descriptions to my cockatiel last night.
The only typewritten text is that on the cover, the inside cover and the index. The rest is handwritten. Another reason why I love it.
This morning my partner and I popped down to his local duck pond to throw some left over seed at the geese and ducks. We take chicken seed down to the ducks. Never bread, bread can cause a lot of problems in ducks and should not be fed to them.
On arrival we found this new goose. We assume like most of the pet ducks and geese this guy was dumped at the pond by people who no longer wanted it.
We then came across an old friend of a goose who disappeared from the pond for a while, but was returned and has been shunned by the two geese who stayed there they whole time. This goose was looking terrible and gobbled up most of our seed.
While feed the new goose and the old disowned goose we witnessed a LOT of drama from the Wood ducks. Wood Ducks are lovely looking but quite rambunctious little buggers.
We decided to give all of the left over seed to the old disowned goose and the new goose joined us. We can only hope these two form a friendship.