Remember those geese we got last spring? Well, they're all grown up now, and all five are roaming the property, snipping weeds from around the banana trees and terrorizing intruders.
But they've developed a rather odd habit of showing up every morning at the back playroom window, where they peck at the cats and children through the glass. They don't seem to pay us much mind when we're outdoors, unless someone is carrying a bucket they suspect might contain corn. But there is something about that see-through barrier that fascinates them.
One gander has taken to vibrating his bill against the glass. Alex swears he's trying to drill his way through.
We've owned -and still own - a lot of animals. But I've never seen anything quite like this. I'm not sure I care for it, because if you try to ignore their window-drumming, they start honking like mad.
The corgis, tired of having their ears pulled, won't even attempt to chase the geese away, not even when I demand it. So my mission to acquire poultry big enough to intimidate the dogs has worked a little too well. Not only are the dogs no longer killing chickens, they are orthophobic in general and won't go anywhere near anything with wings.
UPDATED FOR MITZIBEL:
Here's a picture of Lucas with "Best Friend." (You'll want to click to enlarge.)
When he got the snake, he exclaimed, "This is my best friend!'" When we asked him what he was going to name it, he said, "Best Friend."
Of course, then he wanted to name the new parrot we got best friend, and proclaimed the cats best friends, too.
Who says homeschooled kids aren't well socialized. *wink*