A sulphur crested cockatoo. They've perched on our porch before. I don't know if you can tell from the photo, but these are big birds--about the size of a smallish cat. Today when Jason cracked the door to get a picture it went a little nuts, as you can see. Jason jumped cause it was so loud and jerked the camera a bit. I think that's why our porch rail looks so curvy. Cool, eh?
As an update to life here at Rodent Central, I am sad and freaked out to report that there was another victim of our trap last night. Ew. Ew ew ew. Jason called the agency again this morning and they said they would call someone about it tomorrow. Apparently, they do not understand that this is a pressing and very serious issue. I do not want to have to go over there and key someone's car or anything, but if the situation requires it, I will. As always, you'll be the first to know. Meanwhile, Jase says he knows how they're getting in from the outside, and that he'll block it off or something. I think we should be more drastic. Can you shrink wrap an entire house? Just typing all this out makes my heart beat faster.
Oh! And last thing. I forgot to tell y'all that also on the day we got home, my friend Amy texted me. She stayed here some while we were gone. "I thought you might want to know that I saw a Red Back in your laundry room." That would be the poisonous red back spider, featured previously. Awesome! We've searched thoroughly and can't find it, which makes it more awesomer. But the funny thing is, I am bothered way, way, WAY more about the rat(s) than about the poisonous spider. Aren't we humans illogical and inconsistent creatures?
Apparently while we were gone, nature has been trying to reclaim the house. She must. not. win. I will continue to fight valiantly toward this end. Or really, Jason will. I will mostly whine and obsessively disinfect.