Friday, June 19, 2009

I lost a year of my life tonight...

I had it SCARED out of me. OH.MY.GAWD.

After dinner with Kelly, Jesse, and Lydia, we ventured out into the backyard so the kids could play on the swingset. I put Piper in her swing and got her going and then decided to venture over to check in on our Carolina Wren baby birds that are living in our bird house. It's actually a blue bird house that Jason put in this spring but it seems another small bird has taken a liking to it. On Sunday, I got some great photos of the mom and dad bird going to and fro bringing food to their babies. The bird house is really cool since it's wooden and opens on both sides. One side for cleaning and the other side has plexiglass almost all the way up on it so you can open it and see inside without disturbing the nest. (You can see in the photo the mommy/daddy bird peeking out which is the only way in and out of the little house.) This photo was taken on Sunday and as the parent bird came and went we could hear the baby (babies?) chirping away so I figured that since it had only been a few days that the babies were likely still there.

OMG, I wish I hadn't looked.

So I venture over to the birdhouse, pull up the latch, and pull open the right side. It was all the way opened and I looked up. Cue the HORRIFYING music. There, hanging over the top of the plexiglass was a SNAKE. OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG.

I could not react fast enough. I ran away, flailing my arms, YELLING! I was so freaked out that I couldn't even say anything semi-intelligible, all I could do was yell some crazy mumbo jumbo because I was freaked out beyond belief. Adrenaline pumping and heart racing. Jason was up on the deck and saw the whole spectacle and kind of gave me an irritated look and yelled, "HEY, you just knocked a baby bird out of there!"

Finally, I got my wits about me - "IT WASN'T A BIRD, IT WAS A SNAKE!!!!!!!"

That certainly got everyone's attention (as if my hooting and hollering hadn't). Jason went out there and the snake was still laying on the ground nearby. I guess once he got there, it moved away. He noticed that it wasn't (gulp) swollen in any parts so it clearly hadn't (gulp) eaten anything. (For the record it was only about a foot long and was black and silver - I have no idea what kind of snake it was but Jason said he sees them all the time when he mows. If the mowing was left to me, I would be hiring a lawn service.)

But, Jason opened the other side to assess the damage - in nest was a dead baby bird. Now here's where the debate begins - Jason doesn't think the snake killed the bird, he thinks the bird was already dead and the snake happened by. I don't know about that. We have no idea how long the snake was in there, granted it may have been too small to eat the bird, I don't know.

Caroline and Bryce were quite concerned by the whole incident, no thanks to their mother's crazed psychotic reaction. And I wasn't thrilled that they knew the baby bird was dead. Caroline decided for herself that she believed that the baby bird died beforehand. They kept asking why something like this would happen in nature and so we talked about the food chain and about how that is just how things are in nature. They seemed okay with it and Jason (the birdhouse landlord) cleaned out the birdhouse for it's next tenents and threw the remains out with the trash. I joked with Kelly that the birdhouse would be haunted by the dead baby bird.

As for me, well, I still have a terrible case of the heebie jeebies. I keep getting the shivers when I think about that moment of where I saw the snake. Um, did I mention how much I hated snakes BEFORE this? Granted, the snake didn't even seem to notice me, but that makes no difference to me. I keep feeling little tickles on my ankle or foot and keep thinking about that damn snake. Ew.

It's going to take me a long time to get over this. I may be permanently scarred.


Katie said...

AHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhh! I hate snakes and am petrified of them too. I probably would have fainted, so I commend you for being able to run away screaming.
That's mother nature though. What a lesson to learn after you JUST posted about those wrens! We have snakes around here too. I haven't seen the giant Big Mama Snake that used to live under our porch, but we did see a baby snake a few weeks ago. Ew.

If it is black and silver, I would guess it was a black rat snake.

Heather said...

AHHHH! I would have been freaking out too! I almost stepped on one on our lawn...just walking ho-hum and then my foot nearly landed on it. That was last summer and I am still searching the grass for that sucker every time I go outside!
On an ironic note, they closed an elementary school in my district last week due to a snake found in the library there!!!!

Erin said...

LOL! I need to get you together with my neighbor, Beth... she has a horrifyingly large black snake that lives under her bay window in front of the house. Two days ago, she stepped on it when she walked out of the house. eeee!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I'm getting the he-be ge-bes just ready this!

I found a snake a few years ago stuck in out AC unit - I'm thinking it was trying to get up to the bird nest under my deck (that's where the unit is located) It's right where the kids swings and pools are so that freaked me out (even grosser is that the AC turned on and cut the snake into peices - no real mess though ouside the unit thankfully - gross snake guts!)

Anonymous said...

That last comment from from me, Viv..........