Caught a glimpse of this lovely lady (I think it is a lady) coming in for a drink of water late yesterday afternoon. Even though I was inside the house, with all of the doors and windows shut, I swear her ears twitched every time my camera focus chime made a noise. I should learn to turn that off.
The water was all gone again this afternoon, and I just filled it yesterday about this same time, so something is really guzzling the water down. We have seen as many as three deer at a time with their heads in the pond, and a trio of javelina come around, too, so I guess between those six good-sized animals, they could easily do away with the available water. I’ll need to start checking it twice a day from now on.
When I was filling it up just now, there was a pair of Scaled Quail that came running out of the underbrush, doing their squawky noises. They came within about six feet of where I was putting water in the pond with a garden hose. They didn’t seem afraid, but they didn’t get any closer, either. They did make a lot of noise, which I took to mean that I should hurry with their water. They were probably pretty thirsty. I don’t know if there is much natural water around here right now as it hasn’t rained in quite a while.
We are entering our warmest part of the year now, with monsoon season expected in five or six weeks. There will be more than enough water then.