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.
We’ve had our vege garden for about a year now. In that time we’ve had a bumper crop of Cucumbers (there are probably still 12+ jars of pickles in the fridge!), Corn, Radishes, Kohl Rabi, Potatoes, Wasabi Lettuce, Bok Choi, assorted herbs and Rocket. I’m sure we’ve grown other things but I can’t remember them all! (Oh, Tomatoes, I forgot Tomatoes. We had so many tomatoes!)
I’ve loved having Rocket in the garden as I could go out and pick leaves whenever I wanted and Rocket is so yummy in salads and on sandwiches. About 6 weeks ago it started to grow long stalks and get flower buds. They are now about 60 cms tall covered in flowers and we’ve also got seed pods forming (yay!) I’m still picking Rocket to eat but I think this crop is almost done with.
Something I didn’t expect was how much the native bees would love the Rocket flowers! They are swarming over them. I stood out there yesterday to snap some pictures so my partner could see how many bees there were. As the sun soon disappeared and so did the bees so I was out at the right time.
We’d love to get a bee hive eventually. I’ve always loved bugs and would love to have a hive and learn more and see more of them. If you’re after a hive here’s a great resource, Aussie Bee.