A bit later I was back at the window. There were 3-4 birds attacking something. I looked again & there was the biggest (5 feet) black snake heading straight at the house. That was not acceptable. First of you need to know that I'm terrified of snakes. I ran out & told the hubby to follow me. I showed him the snake & he agreed that it was a mucking big snake. Since it's suppose to be a "good" snake we didn't want to kill it but we didn't want it up by the house. I asked him if he wanted this long garden tool that has 3 prongs. I thought that it might work picking the snake up. The snake went around the house and up a huge holly tree which towers over the house. Here is a picture of him in the holly tree (not an apple tree!). We lost him up there for a bit. Hubby kept trying to get me to go into the house. But I wasn't going in until I was sure that the snake was back into the woods. He finally came down & headed across the yard & went under our wood racks. Hubby got the hose & sprayed water hoping to encourage the snake to just keep going. It took me over an hour to calm down. Later that night I had to pick a tick off the hubby's back. Yup, life in the wilderness has it's good moments, and it's bad ones.