Something amazing happened here this week – it rained! Now normally I would not make sure a big deal of rain, but I cannot remember the last time we had any significant rainfall. It has been the driest summer this area has ever seen, and there has been concern over water shortages and wells drying up etc. For one of the first times in my life, I was glad to see rain. We had two days of it, on and off, and some of it was heavy with thunder and lightning etc. Now the weather is predicted to be sunny and dry for the foreseeable, so it didn’t last long. Getting concerned about the well, but at the end of the day, there is very little we can do about it.

Yesterday morning, I heard a very loud bang on the front door. We are used to getting birds hit our windows, but this was really loud. When we went out to investigate, we found a rather dazed grouse. He (or she) had flown into our front door, how it did not see it I don’t know as it is large and white and surrounded by a large grey house!

I got my bird identification book out and discovered it was a Ruffed Grouse. The trouble was, it came round and flew straight into the door again. This time it was fatal and the poor thing died on our front step. Birds seem to be stupid here, as not a week goes by without at least (usually several) birds hit our windows. Most don’t even seem to notice and just fly off, some are a little dazed and for the odd one or two, it is the last thing they ever do. We have blinds at all windows, so not sure why it happens. Strange!