A RAT SNAKE IN MY BIRDHOUSE
Well now, I believe in live and let live.
Even for snakes.
But, oh my goodness!!
A while back I was on the patio and saw some movement in that pyracantha bush in the background. I kept watching and this rat or chicken (?) snake moved through the shrubbery, slithered through those cords and went directly to that pretty birdhouse like it had been there before. I watched that (around) 4' snake slither and coil it's whole body into the birdhouse.
I was amazed!!!
I kept watching, then thought to go get my camera. When I came back only it's head was peeking out of the portal. I got a little bit closer to take this photo and it slithered out of the birdhouse and away it went. Either that was a "den" or it was looking for eggs and baby birds.