Two things that recent posts brought to mind:
The Pallet Truck
- We live just down the street from an apple orchard. Like, 'four minute walk' down the street. The street by the orchard has a ditch on either side. So imagine how the poor truck driver had to feel when he drove out of the orchard and straight into the far ditch. Then, he tried to back out of the ditch, and got his back end stuck in the other one.
So, we have a truck with it's cab in a ditch on one side of the road, and it's rear axle in a ditch on the other side of the road.
Thankfully for those of us who weren't driving an all-terrain vehicle at the time, and so couldn't just drive around him, there are no dead-ends in my area. Everywhere is connected and it's impossible to truly get lost.
They did manage to get him out, although it took a few hours and a lot of work.Raptors
- We're actually pretty good on large birds. We've got plenty of falcons around, there's a great big hawk (can't remember the species) that lives in our area, and if you go a week without seeing a vulture you start to worry. We are up to our ears in turkey vultures. I don't know about ospreys though.
Also, we live in that small patch of NY where bald eagles breed, so there's that. Although normally they aren't in our particular area, which made seeing one this year a real treat.
I don't know about owls either, but I do have to assume we have a few bats around because bugs aren't that
big a problem.
Really, when it comes to the raptors, I'm willing to bet they aren't even bothering with the rodents in our area. Cats handle that. So they're probably living off the cats.