We have had a couple of killdeer as well as a pair of brown thrashers frequenting our front yard for well over a month now, as well as a tufted titmouse that likes to fly onto the porch swing chains and cling, upside down, for a few seconds to see if Cooney, the vole killing cat is on the premises. If Cooney is not near her food bowl, the titmouse, fast as lightning, will dart down and snatch a beak full of kibbles, then fly back across the meadow, into the woods where, I presume, he-she-it is nesting.
We’ve thought about, and probably will, start putting cat food in a bird feeder, out of cat reach, to lessen any danger that Cooney might pose. However, knock on wood, she has yet to show the slightest interest in birds of any feather. Hardly a daylight minute goes by that several robins are not traipsing around the yard along with random sparrows and the cat has never so much as acted curious.
That may well be due to the fact that the mockingbirds have attacked her, on numerous occasions, and sent her scurrying back to the porch. A bobwhite quail briefly considered nesting in a huge clump of hydrangeas at the end of our porch. It later changed its mind, but not before flogging hair off poor Cooney’s back a few times when she ventured too close to the hydrangeas.
The killdeer and thrashers are mostly here right after we have mowed the grass and for a couple of days afterward. Both are nesting in a dense, nuisance, wild blackberry thicket on the back edge of the property. As much as I enjoy keeping company with the birds, I am going to hire someone to eradicate the briars because I’m pretty sure they also house a hoard of rabbits that take much of the joy out of my gardening habit.
If the berries they produce were large enough to eat, I might reconsider the eradication plan, but I’ve seldom seen them turn out anything larger than a stunted raspberry and thousands of very wicked thorns.
If they serve a purpose it does not extend beyond announcing that blackberry winter is upon us when they are covered with a blizzard of snow white blossoms around the first of May.
In other news, Loretta and I, along with daughter Jennifer Ochs and her extended family, attended the Step Out Walk to Stop Diabetes last Saturday at Keeneland. This thing just keeps getting bigger and better every year and, for the first time in its five-year history, featured a very competitive 5-kilometer foot race in addition to the 1-mile walk.
I didn’t participate in either because Mr. Parkinson was acting too contrary but I did offer serious encouragement to the rest of the family as well as to my favorite television news anchor, channel 27’s, Amber Philpot, who actually ran the 5K. Getting to visit with and hug on Amber has become, for me, the highlight of the walk. Her enthusiastic, perennial promotion and all-in participation is, most likely, the biggest reason for the event’s huge success.
Grandson Tyler (TKO), Jennifer and I were among about a dozen participants recognized for having raised in excess of $1,000 each during each of the last five years.
However, for the first time in the history of the walk, Team TKO raised less than $4,000 this year. In fact, we have exceeded $5,000 at least two times. As of this writing we stand at $3,779 for 2016.
We have been advised that any money we raise over the next couple of weeks will be counted toward the total for this year’s walk.
I believe several people donated to ADA online and we simply did not get credit for their donations. The website is not the most user-friendly device when it comes to assuring where credit should go. And I, for one, believe that the act of giving toward solving this horrible disease is far more important than who gets credit for it.
My grandson, however, likes to win.
So, if you are among those who planned on making a donation and then forgot about it, it’s not too late.
Make a check payable to American Diabetes Association, put Team TKO on the memo line and mail it to my home address: Ike Adams, 249 Charlie Brown Road, Paint Lick, KY 49461.
If you are already among the 50 plus readers of this column who have donated just shy of $2,000, please know that I am, personally very grateful for your generosity and you will be getting a thank you card from Tyler later this summer.
Reach longtime Enterprise columnist Ike Adams at [email protected] or on Facebook or 249 Charlie Brown Road, Paint Lick, KY 40461.