Monday, January 3, 2011
Tobias should have flown south for the winter, but at six months old, he's really still a baby, no matter how grown-up he looks. He doesn't want to leave his family (us) yet. He'll leave when the wild flocks come through in the spring.
In the meantime, all the natural water is frozen. We put water out for him every day, and he treats it like a lake. He likes to dabble in it and pick grains off the bottom. He'll sit beside it for long periods of time, then go wading or maybe have a bath. Funniest of all, if something frightens him, he'll rush over and go sit quietly in the middle of the lake. I suppose he feels safe there, surrounded by water that the predators will have to swim across to get to him.
Luckily for him, the dogs keep predators away from the shore of Tobias' Lake.