Blue Pterodactyl

Just about each morning this pterodactyl flies over our cottage and often lands in the tall ash tree by our upper pond.

The dogs think it is a blue heron and get quite excited. Their job is to keep it from landing in the pond and making off with our fish. They take this job very seriously but the pterodactyl keeps coming back morning in and morning out. I think it spends the rest of the day down in the marsh or perhaps over at Riddle Pond to the north of us where it hunts frogs.

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One day earlier this summer the critter was late. I was on the phone at lunch time with a guy who had called from the Discovery Channel†† and all of a sudden there was this huge winged creature headed right for the glass door in front of me! I yelled out – I seriously didn’t think it was going to get over the roof. The guy on the phone said I made his day, that he was stuck in an office and there I was out on the mountain seeing the local wildlife. Being chased by dinosaurs more like it! Fortunately it cleared the cottage – amazing head on perspective.

So that is what happens up on Sugar Mountain when you least expect it.

Outdoors: 78°F/56°F Sunny, 2″ Rain
Tiny Cottage: 69°F/67°F

Daily Spark: Even pigs like bacon.

Amazingly, the spell checker seems to know all its dinosaurs.

††No, I’m not dropping names.

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5 Responses to Blue Pterodactyl

  1. Pam R. says:

    We’ve had a blue heron in our pastures for a couple weeks now. No ponds or streams for it here. Last week DH watched it catch and eat a mouse. It can have all the mice it wants, but I hope it leaves our frogs alone, as we need them for bug control.

  2. Dawn says:

    I watched a white herin catch a gopher in my fields one time…I told my dad I needed more of those birds in my fields…;O)

  3. Pam R. says:

    We have an avid birder as a neighbor so DH had contacted him and told him what he’d seen. This neighbor looked up the heron in his favorite birding book and it did mention they will take small mammals but didn’t say anything about amphibians. So when told this I said, “Good! Hope he leaves the frogs alone!” But the neighbor said, “Oh, he’s taking frogs too!”

  4. Funny how we all wish different diets for our herons. I’d be delighted if ours ate frogs, with which we are overrun. Mice would also be great. Rats are probably too much to hope for.

    A heron swap, anyone?

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