Saturday, October 8, 2011

That Just Happened!

   I was just going about my day when I spotted the cats locked-in on something. Upon investigation, it turned-out to be a decent sized spider. It was still moving well and I didn't want the girls to eat it or get bitten. (Our youngest, Squeak, ate a tiny member of the wasp family and took a sting on her Mao Tse Tongue!)
   I gathered the spider in a plastic cup and placed it lovingly in the camouflage mulched area just off the back deck. I felt a sense of kinship with Mother Nature herself as I had completed the Good Deed for the Day on her behalf. I walked about 3 paces back to the door and wooooooooosh! A Bluebird flew across the yard from the nestbox where it had been watching. She gave me a quick side-eyed glance, snatched-up recently rescued spider, ate it and flew away. I could only think of the words of Ricky Bobby in the movie Talladega Nights: THAT JUST HAPPENED!
   No picture for obvious reasons. I still can't believe what happened. I promise this is a true story, that spider wasn't on the ground for five seconds before it was grabbed by the Bluebird. Not only did it see the spider, it trusted me enough to fly down and grab it within five feet of where I was standing!


  1. Woo hoo! Shake and bake!

  2. I love Talladega Nights! I'm sure that Bluebird was grateful to you and the cats for processing that spider for her.

  3. Oh man! Last winter I saw a small hawk swoop into my garden and grab a junco. It was the cleanest, swiftest kill I'd ever sen--only one feather left on the snow.