You'd think we had enough trees around here. Really, you would. But every summer there is one bird who decides that the artificial Christmas trees we keep in the riding arena to decorate fences are a better option.
We don't use the arena much in the summer season. When the weather is nice, it's better to be outdoors. The arena comes into its own about this time of year, as the rains come, the mud lingers, and the occasional snow flurry slaps you in the face.
But just because the horses aren't up there working up a sweat doesn't mean it's not a busy place. This summer, we found deer tracks and deer beds in there. Plus the tiny, perfectly aligned tracks of fox. Doubtless the same fox who drops by for chicken take-away.
There is a robin who takes great exception each spring to the wall mirrors. And this year, we had a tiny visitor crafting this perfect nest. As the horses would say, "Welcome to the NEIGHbourhood!"