Kimberly at Nutbrown Cottage sent me this link to help identify that pitiful squawking I was hearing. For all of you who voted that it was a squirrel sound, I think you were right.
I was all ready to play the tape when I heard the cries today but, of course, no cries. So I'm just going with the belief that it was a squirrel. Much better than worrying about a baby bird or injured bird.
When I get anal about something I often go to far. I wouldn't say I went to far last night but I did listen and watch some of the most interesting animal videos on YouTube.
There are about 800,000 kinds of wolves and they all have a different call. There were other animals I've never even heard of that were distantly related to other animals I have never seen. And all that was not even counting the bird videos I didn't watch - except for the owls.
I'm sure we have owls down here but I've never heard one in my yard. I don't think I would appreciate any kind of bird that preferred to make their noise at night, but it was very, very interesting.
All you Grans out there, watching animal sounds might be a fun adventure for a rainy afternoon. Grand Daughter #1 loves to feed my birds and runs inside to tell me when one is in the yard. Of course, all the noise she makes scares them off but I think this is something I'll save for one of those "I don't have anything to do" afternoons.
I hear the little birds outside and its nice to have them back. I did hear a male cardinal at the feeder the last two days when everyone else seemed to be missing. I wonder if male cardinals prefer solitary feeding. I see the female cardinal come with the little birds but this is the first time I've seen the larger male in quite a while.
That's what I love about retirement. You have time for the little things that you often miss or just don't have time to appreciate in the hurry, hurry world of work and parenthood.