All the winter critters in the Mitten love my parents.
This week, while I’m in town for work, I have the luxury of staying with my family. My parents took pity on all the local wildlife struggling this long, cold Michigan winter and are not only feeding the birds, squirrels, bunnies, and chipmunks, but added deer, opossum, and skunk to that list.
Last night, we saw several deer, a wee rabbit, a skunk, and an opossum. I made a comment to my Mom about the motion lights detecting the wily, rare chupacabra, but I’m afraid the reality is far more mundane.
The bunnies, birds, and other beasts seem to enjoy the yummy seeds, nuts, deer carrots, apples, and even the heated water my folks have in the yard. Tonight, a deer selected sweet seeds and corn from the bucket Dad set out at twilight.
I joke sometimes about being a midwest hippie, but my love of flora and fauna was nurtured by my soft-hearted parents from a young age. Mom is an avid gardener and my father, despite his grumpy, surly posturing, is devoted to filling the feeders with fresh seeds and nuts each day. He spends hundreds of dollars each season on seeds and Mom keeps the bird houses ready for occupants.
As for me, I’m just hoping to spot that chupacabra. I’ll keep watching every time the motion-sensors turn on the floodlights!