There’s a ‘Gator in my backyard.

Since our recent return to our house in Florida, I’ve been rather puzzled by the distinct lack of birdlife. Where was everybody? Even the ducks who used to float by several times a day, were absent. Mr. GBH has only put in a single appearance, just to let me know that he’s still around, and I’ve seen a couple of Great Egrets flying overhead, but other than that, the place has been sadly deserted.

Yesterday the mystery might have been solved, when this fearsome creature was seen gliding right past our back yard.


A sassy Tricolored Heron strutted along the bank, almost keeping pace with him, and seemed to be giving Mr. A the ‘evil eye’. I could almost hear him calling, “Get out of here, and leave the fishing to us birds!”


Mr. A, totally unperturbed, called back, “Here’sΒ  looking at you, kid!” before continuing on his merry way.


I then remembered how much the same thing had happened a couple of years ago, and once ‘Mr. Smiley’ was gone, the birds all came back again.

102 comments on “There’s a ‘Gator in my backyard.

  1. Gators scares me. This one just so quiet, waiting…
    There a lake we cross to my son’s school and I always have to look around for any gators or snakes while trying not to slip into the water. It’s a short cut and when water is low, we try to buy time though a bit dangerous. So far, so good. Other kids and parents cross it too.

  2. Cor blimey!
    I know an alligator joke.
    Man goes into a sandwich shop and asks the bloke behind the counter:
    ”Is it true, you can make any sandwich?”
    ”Yes, sir, that is correct.”
    ”Okay. Then I’d like an alligator sandwich, and make it snappy.”

  3. We love our gators up here in our backyards in SC Sylvia! And they do a good job of entertaining the visitors πŸ™‚ They rarely bother humans altho a few dogs have met an untimely end so if you have one, be careful! Fun post; good luck with the renovation!

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