Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Somebody is in Trouble!


A little background first. For those of you that don't know or forgot.....our Spring garden rotted or washed away. Twice. The Summer garden was late getting in the ground due to all of the Spring rain. That means that our tomatoes are late this year. Last week, they finally started ripening. I am so ready for my first tomato of the season.

We have an Eastern Box Turtle that has a Summer home in the main vegetable garden. He's been there several years. Last year he returned, but was not alone. I know that the Dude and his Mrs. eat tomatoes. I've caught them with seeds on their face and juice dribbling down their chins.




We have several families of mockingbirds that live around us. We love them and look forward to the day each year when they start singing again. (usually around Valentine's Day). We put out apples for them. They bring their young to the swing, where the apples are. We got along fine for years.



Yesterday, I was working in the garden and what did I see? This!




I also saw a bird fly out of the tomato patch, but wasn't really paying attention, so don't know what kind of bird it was. We never had a problem with birds eating tomatoes in the garden, but I did catch Bill (the bird) eating this one, after I brought it up to the house. Coincidence? I don't know who's doing this, but it has to stop. One dozen tomatoes, mostly green with just a splash of color, pecked on. Even though I hate to do so, I may have to start picking the tomatoes way under ripe.

Honestly, I don't mind sharing, but I'd like to eat a ripe tomato already.
Somebody is in trouble!
Until next time.....

10 comments:

bayousalvage said...

can you blame them? your tomatoes look delicious
bayousalvage

Katie said...

I wouldn't know. I haven't had the chance to eat one yet! :D

Justine said...

The little bird's so cute. It kind of has a "Oh, man, I've heard if I don't move they can't see me" look about it though. LOL. In its defense, it must be hard learning how to flap. And it kind of looks like an apple, maybe, from a bird's eye view.

Hope you'll be enjoying the fruits of your labor soon.

Judy said...

I know just how you feel...I checked out my garden last night and found more green tomatoes on the ground....like you said "someone's in trouble".

Gallery32 said...

I think you must have the best tasting tomatoes on the planet!

Andrea Q said...

Anyway to cover your tomatoes with netting to keep the critters out?

Katie said...

Our patch is too big to cover, otherwise I would.

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

I do think that the one that planted them is entitled to first dibs. How dare they!

nina kuriloff said...

these are terrific photographs!

Patricia said...

Although Box Turtles will eat an occasional tomato, they go absolutely nuts over slugs. So, we are great visitors to have. I have not seen them travel in pairs. This is very interesting.

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