We are officially working from home now and I have decided that it does have some definite perks... like enjoying lunch on the patio.
On this lovely autumn afternoon, we did just that and just as I was about to bite into my BLT, Brett said "look who's coming to join us."
While we do enjoy a nice variety of birds in our backyard, I can't say we've ever watched one quite this tall before.
He seemed completely unfazed by us and continued to mosey on over as if we'd invited him to lunch.
As we watched him gazing into the pond, we had an instant light bulb moment. The mystery of the disappearing goldfish had just been solved.
A while ago Brett added twelve goldfish to the pond.
We had read that it was best to not feed them as this would make them an easier target for prey if they spent a lot of time near the top of the water waiting for food. So, we have not fed them. Each day when we would go out to check on them we would do a head count. At last count there were only 8. We didn't think they were being preyed upon as we never saw any evidence.
We wondered if, perhaps, they were just hiding.
Looks like we will have to wonder no more.
Once we realized that this large bird really was coming for lunch, we started yelling and clapping to scare him away.
He wasn't too scared by our noise, but did spread his wings and make a half-hearted attempt to fly away.
Once we went back to eating he started moseying back over.
It was clearly time for the next line of defense.
She may be small, but her yapping goes a long way.
We opened the door and let her have a shot at scaring Wilt the Stilt away.
She scared him right up to the highest peak of the house where he, no doubt, remained until we finished lunch and went back to work.