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The Corn Critter

The other day, while sitting on the back porch enjoying the first cooler temperatures of the season in a month, my husband says, “There’s something moving a corn-stalk in the garden.” We watched the jiggling corn-stalk for a moment then he grabbed the binoculars and I grabbed my camera. We went out into the yard got a good angle on the garden and this is what we saw. Thank goodness for a zoom lens.Isn’t it adorable?
Every year we see signs of raccoons in our corn, but this cutie critter is the first time we actually seen a one in our corn. We got a good chuckle at seeing it. I’m glad I got a few photos of it too. It’s my first raccoon photos ever.

Since the corn wasn’t as tasty this year, we decided to leave the bulk of it in the garden for the critters. Later on, after the stalks turn brown and dry out, we’ll pick any corn ears left. We’ll shell the corn and scatter it on the ground for the critters that forage and eats the hard corn kernels.

Wishing you all a week full of smiles.

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Triop – 14 days old

Right now, my hubby & I fondly refer to the triop as ‘Rex’ (our grandson may rename him though). Rex is growing quickly (it’s probably partly because he ate all the fairy shrimp.) Rex may be full grown, depending on which website you read.

Yesterday, I managed to make an okay video of Rex swimming. It’s pretty neat that he/she actually looks like the 200 million year old fossil of it’s forefathers.

Rex’s a pretty neat critter. I’m happy it’s doing so well, so far.

Wishing you all a pleasant week!

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The Wild Life Of July 4th Weekend

IMG_4454Our weekend didn’t really start off on a positive note. We had an invasion of tiny sugar ants. Oh my them buggers were into everything. We cleared out everything from the cabinets and cleaned out all the ants we could catch with our clorox wipes. We then sprinkled Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in the cabinets to keep the ants controlled until we were able to get to the store and buy some bug spray. We vacuumed up the DE and my husband gave the cabinets a good spraying. We let them set for a couple of days. Until yesterday, my counter tops and dining room table was crowded with the contents from the lower cabinets and it was a relief to finally be able to put the stuff back in the cabinets. I used a bottom half of a shoe box to make it easier to tote more stuff at once back to the cabinets. When we were done. I left the box in the floor with the intention of tossing it away later.
We sit down to enjoy a sandwich and a much deserved break. I looked over a noticed Sheli jumped in the box and dug at the bottom, circled a few times and then snuggled down for a nap. I grabbed my camera and clicked off 4 photos, but only one turned out. It’s cute though.
Sheli in the box reminded me of a post my blogging buddy Barbara made about animals called “If it Fits, I Sit” it was such a cheerful collection of animals sitting/laying in the oddest containers and places.

IMG_4426On the bright side, We were blessed with a gorgeous weekend. The blue sky was filled with clouds and contrails and sometimes nothing at all. The temps were really nice and allowed us to spend more time outside than normal. The 4th we sat out and watched fireworks from the surrounding neighborhoods. Oddly there was a chill in the air and we had to wear our heavy jackets. I don’t think I remember a night so cold in July before. It was an enjoyable evening just the same.IMG_4390
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IMG_4644The resident wild life was in their best element this weekend. I was right about the Doe that I mentioned in an earlier post that I thought was with-fawn. We saw her and her fawn at end of our property.  It was enchanting. The fawn is such a comical character. I took several photos from my kitchen looking out through screened windows.  I zoomed in on them as best as I could, but the photos didn’t turn out very well. I wanted to show this one to you because I may not get anymore photos of the baby. You never know when it’ll be by when I have my camera on hand. The fawn is peeking out from the other side under  his Mom. He’s small enough that we almost didn’t see him.

IMG_4516I saw one of the garden bunnies sitting near the garden. I thought something was wrong with it’s head, it’s cheek looked really swollen. I clicked off a few photos and hurriedly loaded them on my pc to see what was wrong with the bunny. Well, it had a big mouth of grass and so explains the puffy cheeks. lol

IMG_4669One of the local male hummingbirds lit in our pear tree. He stayed still just long enough for me to click off one photo. Luckily it’s turned out okay enough to post on my blog.

IMG_4568And last but not least, we had a surprise visit from Screech. We were so happy to see him. I’m pleased as peaches to get this one good shot of him watching my husband gathering our gardening tools together.
Last evening, my husband noticed that Screech was sleeping in the cubby-hole again. We figure the first brood of screechlettes have been born and raised and Mr. Screech is nest-testing again. We figure he’s trying his best to convince the Mrs. to move to our barn… or he had enough of the wife and kids and took a much needed little vacation in our barn. lol
Click here to see a few more photos of Screech and him in his cubby-hole.

Screech’s visit could explain why we didn’t see any squirrels this weekend. I reckon they ran for cover so they wouldn’t become owl fodder. Smart little furries, they are. 😉

We had an enjoyable critter-filled weekend here my neck of the woods.

I hope you all had a pleasant weekend &
got a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Foxy Wildlife Wednesday


The other day I was trying to take photos of a bird through our bathroom window. I happened to notice movement in our garden, but it’s too far away to make out what it was. I feared it was a ground hog. I zoomed in and started taking photos of what I thought was a baby ground hog. The photos were blurry but still I kept trying. Then the critter started to come further out in the yard and I saw it was a squirrel.  I didn’t recognize the species though. After it disappeared into the woods, I looked it up on the internet and discovered that it’s a Fox Squirrel.  I was so excited. That’s so neat. I didn’t realize we had them around here.

I wanted to share my fox squirrel with you all, so I took the best of the photos of it and tinkered with them in Photoscape. I think they turned out well enough for you to see what a charming critter it is. 🙂

Wishing you all a charming rest of the week.

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Here Lizard Lizard – Turkey – Green Onions – Poplar bloom

IMG_0818Yesterday the skinks were out running around the porch. I managed to get a few photos of them; most were blurs. These two photos are the better of the lot. I reckon someday in the near future there will be a tiny skink or two running at lightning speeds across the porch.IMG_0823

IMG_0730This beautiful Turkey hen has been cruising our garden. We figure she has or will soon have a nest of eggs close by.  We enjoy watching baby turkey’s grow from fuzz-balls to full feathered birds.   I’ll post photos of her new poults if she’ll bring them within my camera range.   (A baby turkey is called a poult.)
I took this photo of her through our back storm door window and screen and that’s why it’s so blurry.

IMG_0942I’m happy to report that we got our 1st harvest of green onions out of the garden. My husband ate a few with supper last night.
I’m happy to be getting our own homegrown green onions finally; they’re one of the most delicious ingredients in bruschetta.
(stay tuned and I’ll post my Bruschetta recipe someday soon.)

IMG_0892The Poplar trees are blooming. I wish I could pick some blooms to enjoy in the house a day or two; our poplars are too tall for that. So as my blogging buddy Dianna says, “so thankful for a zoom lens”.z00m

Wishing you all a great rest of the week!

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Wildlife Wednesday – Squirrel

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We see squirrels digging in the yard. Sometimes they’ll dig up walnuts that they’ve stored there last fall. That’s what the squirrel in my photo was doing.  I wonder how many walnuts are buried  that will be forgotten. Also I have to wonder, if we stopped mowing, how long would it be until our yard would be a forest. I have a tough time keeping the saplings dug out of my flower beds and garden, so I figure it wouldn’t be many years at all. Makes me wonder though.

Wishing you all a Wonderful Wednesday!

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First Babe of Spring

calf3282014-1Yesterday I saw a big beautiful cow resting in my neighbors pasture. I got my my camera and zoomed in and saw that it had a cute little baby. A new baby, just born that morning. I’m so tickled to get these photos of it. I want to go and pet it and hug it, but that would be a bad idea I think. 😉

So the calf isn’t a tiny chick  or a baby bunny,
I believe cuteness comes in all sizes.
I think it’s an adorable first babe of Spring.cald3282014-2

Here’s wishing you many new smiles this Spring.
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