Here you see 11 months worth of discovered nuts in my mailbox. A total of 15 nuts found.
There may be some misclassification of days (I don't know when the nut was placed while I was away on vacation--only when we found it), but I find this an interesting distribution of nut appearances over nearly a year.
And what is up with the warm months?
A few more years of this and I should have enough data to analyze (ah, the life of an epidemiologist).
This Monday morning there was no nut in the box for the morning bus stop check. But there was one in the afternoon when my husband grabbed the mail. Monday is nut day.
He left the nut in the box for me to see--but since I came home late I didn't see it until Tuesday morning. When I have a bit of time (ha ha) I think I might like to analyze the days of the week that we find a nut.
I checked the mailbox twice this morning. Once for each walk to the school bus stop.
The last time I checked was around 8:20. The trash had not yet been picked up. Otherwise all was quiet.
I left for yoga at 9:20 and returned at 11:15. I went down to bring up the trash barrel and checked the mailbox--though I saw the mail carrier on my way home, so I did not expect the mail to have been delivered.
And there was the nut.
I hear the mail truck now outside, so will be down to the mailbox again soon.
Why my mailbox and not my neighbors? Why so frequently in the past 6 weeks?
I walked my middle schooler to his bus this morning. On the way back I checked the mailbox. A nut was sitting there waiting for me! My husband checked the mail yesterday. He claims he did not notice a nut and he doesn't think he would have missed it. But is he right? I did check yesterday morning, so the nut has not been there all weekend. Hmmmmm
As a drove up the street toward home, a squirrel jumped off the mailbox post onto the fence.
Whenever I mention my nuts in the mailbox people always bring up the possibility of squirrels. I don't doubt that a squirrel could open the box, though it would be harder to close, but I cannot imagine that a squirrel would leave just one nut in the same spot each time.
I checked the mailbox on the way back up from the school bus this morning.
But when did it arrive? My husband brought in the mail yesterday. Did he miss the nut? Did I check the mailbox yesterday on the way up from the school bus? I can't remember. Could it have been there since Sunday. Or even Saturday afternoon??
Haven't seen any nuts in a good long while. Here is a shot from the other day. Flyers heading straight to the recycling bin. But no nut.
We did see this guy right up near the house though. My sister thought he might be a nut culprit. But those stubby little legs would not have reached my mailbox. And I can't imagine it leaving a nut behind anyway.
For the past several weeks I get a daily visitor at my window. It is hard to snap a photo because I think I must scare her away. But I got one the other day.
I hear a tap tap tapping at the window. It is a female cardinal. I see the pair in my yard and in the shrubs but it is so odd to have her tapping at my window.
My younger son thinks she is sometimes watching tv with him (a fan of Oscar's Oasis?). I think she is saying "can I come in?" My husband thinks she might be saying "hey lady, ever plan to fill this empty bird feeder that is lying on the ground."
Here is what the window looks like from the outside. She really hangs on to the edge to check us out.
We missed the school bus this morning so I did not do my customary morning check of the mailbox, but I know that yesterday there was no nut in my mailbox. I was out and about this morning, and when I returned around 11am the mail truck was just in front of me. I saw the mail carrier open my mailbox, and about 15 seconds later toss in my mail, then drive off. I did not see any time spent placing a nut, just so, into the mailbox.
I didn't stop to get the mail right away because I was expecting a call from my sister. I didn't end up grabbing the mail until I went to meet the bus coming home--and there I found a nut.
The only other event today--Big Brothers Big Sisters did a pick up, and I had my donations out near the mailbox. Could BBBS be the culprit? I may need to track their pick up days in my town. hmmmmmmmm