We have baby doves in our yard. A dove built a nest on our patio cover and it has two little baby birds now. I do not know why this bird thought that our backyard would be a quite place but the kids are sure glad. We have lots of crows so the daddy bird sits on the edge of the patio cover most of the day and scares away any crow that comes in our yard. It is nice because it has really cut down on our crows.
The kids found this snake in the yard the other day. I couldn't tell if it was a rattel snake or not because it would not come all the way out of the bushes so I could see the end of its tale. Eric wasn't home and I couldn't just let it roam the yard not knowing what it was. So as scary as it was I got a shovel and hit it until I killed it. It was pretty fast at first and kept darting around. I was freaking out since I didn't know if it was a rattler or not. After I killed it I pulled it out of the bushes and realized it was just a gopher snake. I felt bad to have had to kill it but I guess my kids come first. It would have been cool though to have a cool gopher snake living in the yard. Keeping the mice away.