Every Christmas season (beginning in Advent for me personally), I put out food for the birds and critters. I found a new food at a local store that has all sorts of nuts and seeds - including pine nuts, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and a whole mix of other stuff. All the critters love it, and it has now attracted the crows, who are fascinating to watch close up BTW.
This morning I saw a crow fly away with a smaller critter, I think it was Mrs. Mole - I'm not sure - else it could have been one of the garden mice. I usually try to tuck their food under and behind the planter so that they are less vulnerable to predators, but I think someone ventured out into the clearing to perhaps pick up a tasty morsel they liked more. Then Mr. Crow came along and swept up whoever it was. It made me sad, being the holidays and all - I have no idea what the family thinks since no one returned home this morning. I expect their little nests have all been decorated by now, since all the moss I left out is gone.
I know it's the 'circle of life' stuff - or to phrase it more rudely, the food chain at work, but I like my little friends and try to look out for them. I like it when Squirrel family is around, but they must have slept in this morning or something, because they weren't there until after it all happened. Whenever they are around the crows fly away - like everyone else, they know how unpredictable squirrels can be, and plus, they really are a little nuts. Mrs. Rabitowitz once told me that. Her family continues to feed at night and before sunrise - but they are a bit standoffish, not at all like their mother. Somewhat like Mr. and Mrs. Cardinal, who usually dine at dusk and at dawn - they are typically very discreet.
I may have mentioned it before, but once I saw a hawk eating a sparrow just after dawn. That was very sad, but I understood.
The holidays are always a mixture of emotions, aren't they.