Fox Eggs

Remember my posts Mystery Egg 2-15-2017 and Turtle Egg 4-26-2017 well, I encountered another mystery egg. This one is buried in my cedar chest planter.It was the oddest thing. I was digging up some annual bulbs and replacing them with marigolds in my cedar chest planter, a few inches deep in the soil my hand touch something hard, round and smooth. There’s only store-bought soil in the upper part of cedar chest, so I knew it wasn’t a rock. I picked the object up, lo and behold it was an egg. Oh dear, why on earth was an egg buried there? Okay, this is getting bizarre. There’s no way this is a turtle egg because I can’t imagine a turtle scaling the cedar chest wall just to lay an egg.

As I reburied the egg, I wondered what mischief it could be? I even pondered on the idea of someone was tinkering around with a magic spell. Well, what would you think? :\

It was time for some internet searching to see if anyone knew what significance buried eggs have. I was amazed to see that there’s several other folks that have found eggs buried in gardens and flower pots.I learned that turtle shells are a leathery texture, so right away I knew that this one wasn’t one and I was wrong about the egg I found in my other flower bed being one. The shells of the eggs I found are hard like a regular chicken egg, so they must be hen eggs of some sort.

Apparently Foxes and weasels bury foods in various places to store for future feasting.
To our knowledge there’s not any weasels around here, but we do know that there’s a fox in our area. Remember the Red Fox I posted a photo and video of 5-11-2016. We’ve seen a fox a few more times since then, so we suspect that a fox is responsible for the buried eggs.Cool, so the now the mystery is solved. A fox must have left the egg in the woods and is also hiding eggs in my flower beds, it’s strange though, I thought it was only the Easter Bunny that did that. 😀

Wishing you fun mysteries!

Further reading- Google search link – found an egg buried in my garden

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WildLife Wednesday – Not Turtle Egg – updated

One of the fun things about yardening is that I never know what I’m going to encounter. Like today, I was digging in one of my flower beds to plant some marigolds. I was pulling the dirt in around the edge of the marigold, when I found an egg buried under a sweet william.

Cool, I physically laughed out loud. I walked across the yard where my husband was mowing and told him, “I need to show you something.”
He followed me to the flowerbed. He laughed and said, “Isn’t that something. I bet it’s a turtle egg.”

We both shared a laugh at the interesting things we find on our property.
I agreed with him about the turtle egg. We used to see turtles in our yard making nest. So far though, we’ve never seen a baby turtle.

I covered the egg back up with soil.  I hope that it may one day hatch out a turtle. Unfortunately, we’ve had more than a few freezing temperatures this past month. This egg is really close to the top of the soil so it may not be viable now.
Or it might be, we’ll see, time will surely tell.

Have a great rest of the week.
May all your surprises be fun ones.

edited in:
There may be more eggs. I stopped digging around as soon as I saw the egg.
Also, I’m just guessing it’s a turtle egg. I honestly don’t know what kind of egg it is.

Edited in May 30, 2017- This is not a turtle egg. It’s a hen of some sort.
see my updated post: Fox Eggs

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WildLife Wednesday – Mystery Egg

The other day, My husband was trimming some bushes and trees at the edge of the woods. He called me outside to see something odd he found in the woods.
I never know what to expect when he calls me outside to see a new discovery. I make sure to grab my camera as I head out of the door.  
I was surprised to see a pretty white egg. It’s the size of a regular chicken egg. How strange. It’s just sitting there as if a hen was passing by and laid her egg next to the rain lily. We figure it could have happened that way.2-12-2017-bNot really wildlife, but I’m betting a critter had something to do with this mystery egg appearing in our woods.2-12-2017-a

Wishing you all a whimsical Wednesday!

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Mystery Nest or Not – mystery solved

p1100264We were out for a walk and saw a strange looking object in a tree. We first surmised that it was a nest. It looks as if the limbs and pinecones were woven or piled to make it somewhat of a dome shape and the new growth is a healthy green.
However, It’s awfully far out on limb for such a large nest and it’s quite late in the year for a new nest.

I surfed the internet and can’t find any critter that builds a nest like this.
We’ve finally loosely decided that possibly during a wind gust that the twigs and pinecones got trapped in the Y of the limb forming a platform of sorts and the new growth sprouted out of it and made the dome shape.

Do you recognize this and what it may be?
I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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edited in 11-29-2016:
I’m happy to report that Jane Tims has solved the mystery nest; it’s called a “Witch’s Broom”
It’s an over-growth that can be caused by various things. Jane Tims has an interesting post that explains about it called “Witch’s Broom”  If you get a chance pop over and read it.
Thanks so very much Jane for solving my mystery. 🙂

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Friday Five – Triops, Screech, Sheli & stuff


There be dinosaurs here. Yep, my Grandson and I are growing dinosaurs, well, sort of. We’re growing Triops (tadpole shrimp) fairy shrimp from a Smithsonian kit. The Triops are considered to be living fossils since their fossil records date back from 200 million years or more.
When these critters hatched they were so tiny they were almost microscopic and could only be seen with a magnifying glass. Three days later they were a smidge bigger and I made a video of them. They’re the tiny smudges swimming around. I put a ruler behind the tank so you can kind of see how tiny they are.
There seems to be some issues with my  Not-Triops video loading. If it doesn’t load you may want to check back later. I figure YouTube is swamped with surfers and that causing some of the issues.

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I made some changes to the title and description of my video because my commenters on Youtube identified the shrimp as fairy shrimp and not triops.
~I originally thought these were Triops, tadpole shrimp because I used a Smithsonian Sea Monster Kit (that says Triops is what’s supposed to hatch.)
Last week, Within the first 24 hours of putting the egg-moss in the water, there were oodles of teeny-tiny almost microscopic critters that hatched out.
I’m guessing there were triops in the hatching, but the fairy shrimp were the stronger and they survived.
I’m going to try again to hatch some Triops using another Smithsonian Sea Monster Kit… maybe with luck a few Triops will hatch and survive.
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IMG_7667Even though the weather has turned super cold, Screech is still here most of the time. We were surprised when he showed back up last fall. We’re happy he’s still hanging around.
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IMG_8169Sheli has enjoyed napping ‘neath the Christmas tree these past couple weeks. Surprisingly he hasn’t tried to chew up any of the holiday decor. He’s such a cutie-pie I couldn’t resist taking a photo…
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IMG_8464After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, I figure most of us have earned a few moments to relax and unwind from the stress… and what better way to relax then with a treat that requires no cooking or baking… just mix 4 ingredients together and then enjoy or put in the fridge to enjoy later. Either way it’s a tasty treat.
Can of crushed pineapple, can of cherry pie filling, box of jello cheese cake pudding mix & whip cream. You could use other pie fillings in this instead of cherry. I think blueberry would be fun and I think apple pie filling might be yummy too.
Here’s a link to the recipe with the amounts needed of each ingredient and tutorial from the Country Cook. Cherry Pie Fluff
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IMG_7845The other day, as I was taking groceries out of the trunk of our car, I saw a sticker on the side of the trunk. It’s a curious thing to me and I wonder what it means. I’ve asked several people and so far no one knows.
I think the no-gas part means not to put gas in the trunk, but the other part of the sticker is a bit odd. What does the exclamation point on a book mean?
I thought I’d share it here and see if any of my Blogging Buddies or Readers know and will help solve my mystery.
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I hope you all had a joyous holiday and are getting ready for a wonderful new year.

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Mystery Tree – Solved – Paulownia tomentosa

The mystery is solved.
This tree is a Paulownia tomentosa
(common names empress tree, princess tree or foxglove tree)
It’s a deciduous tree in the family Paulowniaceae, native to
central and western China, but invasive in the USA.
Paulownia tomentosa is the fastest growing tree in the world.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paulownia_tomentosa
https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/species/paulownia/tomentosa/

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Do you know what type of tree this is?
My husband and I saw it growing down in a gully, next to a waterway, by the side of a road. I’ve never seen one like it. It’s such a curiosity to us that I had to make some photos to help me search for what it is.
I haven’t been able to find a photo of a tree to match it on a search engine.
I wonder what type of fruit or nuts it produces and if it’s edible.

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Do you know what it is?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Have a lovely rest of the week.
I hope all your mysteries are pleasant ones.
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