sweet peas, which grow here like kudzu grows in Florida. These will bloom for a few weeks in the summer, then die back to nothing at all by late fall. In spring, they'll sprout and then grow at an astounding rate. Every time a plant gets established by seed somewhere, they spread like crazy. Pulling them up isn't enough to kill or contain them, as (apparently) the rootlets remaining in the ground just sprout immediately. I fight a war with them every year, using modern weaponry (rototiller, spray), but they're slowly gaining ground on me. Pretty, though... :)
Twice in the past two days I've rescued fledgling birds from our puppies. The first one was a robin, and I suspect Cabo and Mako had been playing with it for hours. It was exhausted and was missing a few feathers. I put it in a safe place, but I don't think it had much of a chance for survival. The second was a swallow, and I think I rescued that one very soon after they found it. That poor thing was terrified and sopping wet (from dog saliva), but otherwise appeared unharmed. I put it under a tree yesterday afternoon, and this morning it was dry and moving about, and had enough sense to flee from me as I approached. It's got a chance. From the puppies' perspective, those fledglings are wonderful toys. I'm a little amazed that they didn't just immediately crunch the poor little things. Somehow they must be aware that doing so would stop the attempts to escape, which was what they were having so much fun with. They were quite indignant when I took their toys away!