Well, I did it. I got a DNA test for Lambeau. We know he's a mixed breed, and were told he has "American pit bull" in him, but I have always been curious about what else might be mixed in there. He was from a rescue litter, so it could be anything. I got the … Continue reading Who Are You?
At least for the natural world. We had robins make a nest in the rhododendron out front this year. We've been watching the progress from 4 small blue eggs to little pink hatchlings to the now almost too big for the nest and starting to sprout real feathers baby birds. We've also had our regular … Continue reading Tuesday Thoughts: Life Goes On
Another week, and we are still on lockdown. Most of the medical experts are saying that, here in the US, we should hit the surge for the COVID-19 infections in the next two weeks. We are being strongly urged to stay even more isolated than before. Which means the recommendation right now is that, for … Continue reading Monday Musings: Checkin’ In
I have bird feeders. I know that's not unusual. Lots of people have bird feeders. But I have some strange birds that come to mine. Not strange as in weird species. These are fairly common species that act weird. For instance: I was out on the deck, filling the feeders. I took down the hummingbird … Continue reading Monday Musings: Am I the Only One with Demented Birds?
The weather seems to have broken toward Spring now. The dogwoods and azaleas are blooming, daffodils are opening up, and the temperatures are climbing. We are also seeing some of our Spring/Summer residents showing up. Like these fellows: And one of them seemed to want to come in and say HI. He kept flying up … Continue reading Monday Musings: Spring is Finally Here (I Hope)
Many animals rely on camouflage to escape predators. It seems some birds choose their hiding places based on their individual coloration and markings: Camouflage Birds Would you slip and slide down this hill after a wheel of cheese? These folks do it every year: Cheese Rolling These photos of rescue rats are irresistibly adorable: Rat … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Bird Camouflage, Chasing Cheese, Adorable Rat Photos, and Water on Venus a Possibility
Without a lot of Spring-like weather. It's been teasing us- the mornings started out nice and sunny and pretty, then a couple hours later, the clouds move in and it is gray and overcast the rest of the day. The temps haven't been very nice, either. This weekend has been rainy and chilly. The weather … Continue reading Monday Musings: Another Week Goes By
What do March snows bring? I 'm not sure, but it better be good. Anyway, have a video of the feeding frenzy at the birdfeeders today. Mostly bluebirds and goldfinches, with a purple finch or two. Meanwhile, the snow keeps falling. The gusty wind predicted hasn't started yet. If you don't need to go … Continue reading If April showers bring May flowers,
Sorry about the lack of Monday post. I wanted to. Really, I did. But then there were so many other things to do, and, well, I just never sat down long enough to get 'er done. But I got some stuff done that has been waiting for too long, so I guess that is something, … Continue reading Tuesday Thoughts: January and Onward
There are large, deep cisterns in India, called stepwells, that contain some amazing architecture. Abandoned now, this journalist has been documenting these places before they disappear completely: Stepwells A fascinating look at the first 21 days of a bee's life, time-lapsed into 60 seconds: Bees I love crows. They are fascinating birds, and very intelligent. … Continue reading Wednesday Wanderings: Stepwells, A Bee’s First Days, Crows Learn From Their Dead, and Four New Elements