It's time to introduce ...
The 2013 Snail Hunting Season! This year's season started somewhat later than the 2012 season, primarily due to (1) lack of rain and (2) canine health drama (my 105-lb Bernese Mtn. Dog rescue boy--not the same rescue boy as last year *sob*--was bitten by another dog 29 March 2013, neutered in late April, and bloated late night/early morning 14/15 June; my 13-y.o. Berner girl has had a difficult spring and I'm concerned about her continuing lack of interest in her favorite foods).
But today was The Day
Northern California had a highly unusual summer
rain system pass through--according to the radar, we might even get more
rain tomorrow!--and the snails were absolutely thrilled
to come out of hiding and bathe themselves in the water from the sky. Heh, heh.
This afternoon I ran a couple of quick errands, including one to purchase Little Girl's *absolutely favorite* foods--sliced "people" roast beef!!!--on special at one of the local grocery stores this week.
I got home approx. 2:00, during a fairly steady shower, and thought I'd see whether there were any snails hanging on the arugula.
No, they weren't on the arugula, but WOW! they were everywhere
else: in the valerian; on the planting strip, sidewalk, and paved pathways; in the ivy, the geraniums, the camellia bushes, the naked ladies, the jade plants, the miner's lettuce, the chicory (flowering right now); climbing up the containers where I grow herbs; on the ground, and just about everywhere my eyes happened to look. Many of them, I didn't even need to move--I simply stepped on them in situ
, counting all the while.
This evening, I attended a meeting from approx. 7:00 to 8:45. It wasn't quite full dark when I got home, but I figured I'd do Phase 2 of the Snail Hunt, just in case the afternoon areas had been repopulated.
Same story, plus flashlight.
87 snails this afternoon + 64 this evening = 151 to start the 2013 season off!