When it comes to endurance and the persistence of species, I’m pretty sure it’s the rodents who’ll triumph in the end.
One day a few autumns ago I was sitting at my desk writing when I heard a noise at the window. You can tell I had to be quick with the camera — that inquiring nose is not quite in focus.
I thought this was pretty cute until I investigated and saw the places where the window sills and the siding over the garage had been chewed up. See the holly next to the house? It’s history now, along with some overhanging tree branches. I expect the squirrels can get up the side of the house without any help, but why make the trip so easy?
The contractor who came to fix and paint insisted on installing a fake owl on the roof. “It’ll scare the squirrels away,” he said.
“Hah!” I said, “But OK, as long as you don’t put it in front.” The owl endures too, ‘watching’ from the roof of the back porch. And, to be fair, the squirrels haven’t eaten much siding lately, but then, there’s a vocal family of real owls just across the street, so maybe they’re helping too.
As for me, I’m still trying to persist in downsizing, but some days I’m short on endurance.
Wish me luck?
Meanwhile, here’s an owl serenade from my front yard:
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