This week I have two items under the heading, “Interesting Animal Behavior.” The first was Shiloh being a “fraidy cat!” I was loading firewood into my dump trailer near my frog pond one day last week. Shiloh was nosing around in the grass, as usual, when the bullfrogs began their deep throated “garonk, garonk” back and forth among themselves. I guess Shiloh had not really paid attention to them before, but this time, he began growling and barking, the hair on his back standing straight up. He sneaked over to about 10 feet from the pond, listened and looked for a while, and then slowly turned around and walked off. I don’t think he dared go near the water, unusual for him because he loves to swim there.
The second incident was Friday afternoon, as I left my dump trailer and Kubota tractor down by the wood pile while I walked past my garden on the way to the house for a drink. As I approached the garden, I heard a “swoosh-like” sound, which I initially thought was Shiloh somewhere in the tall grass coughing. The sound kept repeating, but Shiloh was nowhere in sight. I had my broad-brimmed straw hat on, but then I noticed a flock of tree swallows swooping around, and as one dive bombed my head, it zipped past just inches away from the top of my hat, making a distinct “swoosh” sound as it went by. Then it dawned on me; I had installed several bird houses on the fence posts around the garden, and the swallows were nesting in several of them. I was surprised, as I often work in the garden and had never noticed the swallows taking offense before!