At first I reasoned, ah, well, we have plenty of land - they're not harming anything important.
Until they migrated to my shadecloth veggie patch, that is. I went to harvest some carrots, and found this...
|Sneaky moles - munching the base of the|
carrots and leaving the topmost section
and the leaves there to fool this human...
|A close-up of the mole inflicted|
damage to the carrot
So, whipping out a couple of plastic milk bottles which I was going to recycle as plant cloches, I placed them on top of metal stakes and shoved them into the ground inside my veggie patch. I figured with the (constant) wind moving and shaking the bottles on the stakes, the clonking noise, would, hopefully, encourage the moles to move on.
|Plastic bottles on top of metal stakes - to|
deter their habitation of my veggie patch
But - and this is a big but - have some recently uninvited, but very welcome, guests had anything to do with it too?
About 3 weeks ago RMan and I woke to find that we had inquisitive creatures inspecting the alpaca's in their paddocks - much to the alpaca's consternation. Having finally satisfied their curiosity, they proceeded to thoroughly search the ground in the back garden - where the lemon trees and veggie patch are located.
Yum, yum - they found plenty to eat it seems, because they have stayed!
What are they?
Ducks. Three wadding, quacking white ducks :)
|Three ducks - appeared from nowhere, and,|
seemingly, not in a rush to return to their
|A duck in a bucket of water is almost|
as rewarding to watch as a small
child in a paddling pool
... a wash bucket LOL
They loved it.
But - there was something that they seemed to have difficulty finding and which is far better suited to their requirements.
We tried "herding" them there - they scattered in three different directions.
Then I had the bright idea of trying to bribe them.
They have developed - seemingly overnight - a preference for the alpaca's 12% protein feed - so severe is this preference that they are spending more time "waiting" for their next handout than they are foraging for nasty, unwanted garden pests... <sigh - RMan and I are compete suckers for hungry animals - which don't even belong to us LOL>
But, I digress. Getting back to their undiscovered source of pleasure, ablution, and natural habitat. A dose of the alpaca feed needs to show them what they are missing.
|"Quack, quaaaaack, quack"|
(translation: Here ducky, ducky - follow me)
It worked a treat. It took me exactly 2½ minutes to get them to walk the 65 - 70-odd metres to the dam.
|After the most recent rain, the dam is|
overflowing again. They obviously approved as
they took to the water like...
a duck to water LOL (sorry, couldn't resist the pun)
|Oh, that's land again. Hang on...|
|Ah, that's better.|
This is FUN!
|Waddle, waddle - after ½ hour they're finished,|
and now they want the food that was "promised"
... we are about to take possession of the goslings we have ordered. They should be arriving in the next week or so.
Our menagerie increases :)