There is no failure except in no longer trying. ~Elbert Hubbard, American writer from Illinois
When is the “right time” for pulling the plug on an experiment?
I was so pleased with the job Severus and Shamrock were doing in keeping unwanted critters at bay that I returned to the store for a third fake snake (well, it was only a dollar).
Anyway, this one — a brilliant yellow beauty with a scarlet forked tongue — was intended for a new pot of red and white Begonias.
A hanging basket which had been targeted by some little mama bird as a potential nesting site.
The first time I noticed her, I promptly removed the sorry mess she’d started in my flowerpot. Don’t worry — it was only a conglomeration of twigs that she’d dug a hole in the soil for.
I figured that was enough to thwart her efforts, and she’d house-hunt elsewhere. To be on the safe side, I put Yellow Snake right into the pot.
Take that, Mama Bird!
Didn’t work. A day later, I peeped outside and saw Mama Bird perched right on top of Yellow Snake, using him as a limb to pad her nest!
A few days after that, I went outside to water the flowers when something skittered past my line of vision.
You guessed it — Mama Bird, still determined to nest in my Begonia.
Only this time, she’d succeeded.
I looked into the pot and found four little speckled eggs merrily occupying her masterpiece.
Now I’m looking at two weeks for the eggs to hatch and another two weeks (more or less) before the babes fly off, meaning my Begonia probably will be deader than a door nail by the time this nursery folds up.
I thought birds were scared of snakes, but maybe single-minded mama birds are different.
Maybe it’s the snake’s fault, being such a cheery color and all.
Or maybe I’m to blame, since I forgot to name Yellow Snake before giving him a job to do, and we all know how important our names are!