Encounters with Nature
I wrote before how we were desperate for nature and so started feeding the pigeons so that they would come to our balcony. We ended up with a nest of pigeons and soon one baby. Well after that things didn’t go so well. The mother kept laying eggs and they kept disappearing. We didn’t know what was happening until we found a six inch lizard in the kitchen. (The balcony is off the kitchen and the window are open with no screen.) We realized our pigeons brought predators. Didn’t think of that before we invited them.
We did a little research and not too many lizards eat bird eggs, so we thought maybe that was a coincidence. But the eggs kept disappearing. (They lay a lot of eggs.) Then we found a rat in our kitchen. This was MUCH worse than the lizard which scurried away immediately upon being shooed. While in the kitchen, it found my sack of potatoes. We threw the sack on the balcony, shut the kitchen door and prayed it would find its way out. Of course shutting the door may have not helped too much since it has a window in it with no glass. I kept thinking, “The mouse ran up the clock.” I was just hoping it would have the sense to leave and not climb up and out my kitchen door and explore my home. It did. Thank you, Lord.
But the rat stayed. It was living in a hole in the corner of the balcony, like underneath our kitchen floor. Makes me squeamish just thinking about it. I’m such a wimp. My husband poisoned it. We set out rat poison. I never even looked at the body. Husband come in so handy sometimes. But, the result can be seen above. We finally have new baby pigeons.
Actually, we tried really hard to keep them from living on our balcony any more. I don’t want any more visitors in my kitchen! We shooed and shooed, but they wouldn’t learn. I think we’re stuck with them. Only about two more months or so until I can shut my kitchen window.
And in semi-related school news, here’s my attempt at keeping away ants from our sugar crystal/rock candy experiment.
BTW, that’s 1 cup hot water, 3 cups sugar, string dangled in with paper clip attached to the end, don’t let the paper clip touch the bottom