posted on Jul, 16 2010 @ 12:26 PM
I spent all morning in my garden weeding, watering and deadheading. I was done with the bulk of the tedious work and paused along my back fence to
look at the hill upon which I was about to transplant a few perennials.
I was leaning on the fence and noticed a lot of bird activity, which in itself isn't unusual in my yard as I feed them year round, but this was
different. Several varieties of birds where making lots of noise while swooping and diving very close to me. I was amused but not concerned. I just
stood there watching.
Then off to my right there was a huge commotion. A squirrel came charging down my fence line and leaped into the crab-apple tree just to the right of
me, chattering the whole way. It was making quite a spectacle of itself. It was getting closer and closer and louder and louder and it occurred to me
that either there was a cat lurking that I couldn't see or maybe it was rabid or something, it was that crazy.
I started to get concerned and had forgotten all about the bird activity. I stepped back a ways from the fence to get a head start on the crazy
squirrel if things went wrong and then two sparrows who have been nesting all year in my yard flew into another tree just behind me and also started
chattering. One of the birds then flew to the fence post not three feet from me and was chirping like mad.
I thought for sure there must be a cat, a snake or some sort of predator and moved back toward the fence to check. The squirrel jumped from the tree
back to the fence and was squealing so I stopped. All of the sudden there was a huge cracking and popping sound and the top of a dead oak tree came
crashing down right in front of me and landed just on the other side of the fence about six or eight feet from me.
The squirrel ran down the hill and jumped on an adjacent oak and just went crazy bitching and shaking his tail hysterically before running off back
into the woods.
So anyways...you occasionally read about animals giving warnings and I totally just experienced it. I was about to go down on the hill exactly where
that tree landed if the animals hadn't caused such a scene to distract me.
I wonder how they knew?
It was just a dead tree, not an earthquake or a tsunami. It was weird, kind of cool and I just thought I would share the
Has anyone else ever personally experienced an animal warning of impending danger? Maybe it's more common than one would imagine.
[edit on 16/7/2010 by kosmicjack]