Today I was mowing our out-of-control, overgrown paddocks.
It was my decision to let the paddocks grow free for the summer.... that was a terrible idea. All kinds of weeks grow faster than the grass I was hoping for; worst of all, there is a vast ecosystem one destroys while mowing tall grass (and a sh*T ton of weeds.)
As I was mowing over MANY species homes, I felt particularly bad for mowing over the HUGE grasshoppers. They are big.
SO.... as I was mowing, I would go slower, and even backup to allow the grasshoppers and praying mantis fly away. DO YOU KNOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?!?!?!
TWO BIG birds used this as a buffet of grasshoppers. These beautiful birds started swooping in and catching the grasshoppers I was trying to save. The birds had a great day.
Some days you're the bug, other days the bird. =)
For more info on these beautiful birds: https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/mississippi-kite