The ravens are watching me

The ravens are watching me.

I know this because right after I restock the food at Michelle’s Critter Café, the ravens show up and snatch the peanuts from the pile of food I’ve laid out for them.

I find this very entertaining so I’ve started stacking the peanuts on top of the rest of the seeds and grains so that the ravens can grab them easily.

Most people are less than enamored with ravens, sometimes mistakenly referred to as crows.

But I like them.

Why, you ask?

Because I have a friend who rehabilitated a raven with a broken wing and watching their relationship unfold over social media totally changed my perspective on these intelligent and graceful birds.

Right now in fact, my friend is raising a baby raven who got kicked out of its nest.

Once again, I’m touched by the love that she shows the fledgling and the relationship that’s developing between the baby raven and her family, including a beautiful rescued blue bird.

I’ve never much thought of myself as a bird person.

I left that for my kid who takes care of three parakeets.

But I’m changing my tune.

All because of the Critter Café.

And my friend.

Just call me Dr. Doolittle

A friend of mine has been rehabilitating injured squirrels.

She feeds them in her yard and every now and then, a squirrel shows up recovering from a nasty wound or injury.

I started thinking of my own park-like backyard.

Our yard is shaped like a slice of pie, with lots of acreage in the backyard.

Many creatures call it home, including birds, rabbits, squirrels, skunks, coyote, possums and snakes.

The other day, a squirrel sat on our picnic table, licking water off its surface and that got me thinking. . .

Maybe I should put food out for our little critters.

It would be nice to look out the window and see my wild “neighbors” enjoying a snack I’ve provided.

I think it’s relatively inexpensive to put food out for them.

A fifteen-pound bag of critter food is less than twenty dollars.

Think of all the happy animals a fifteen-pound bag of food can feed!

I guess I’m in a mood to take care of others right now.

First, I baked chocolate chip cookies for my kids.

Next, I’m turning into Dr. Doolittle and taking care of the animals.