Category Archives: Nature

Here we see the courtship dance of the Cedar Waxwing

I saw some very interesting birds at the feeder the other day. They were beautifully colored, and kept passing something back and forth between them. From Wikipedia: “During courtship the male and female will sit together and pass small objects … Continue reading

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Misc.

The plants we planted yesterday don’t look so good, and we don’t know why.  The stems are still looking okay, but the leaves are shriveled and/or brown.  It’s almost like they froze, but it didn’t get below freezing last night.  … Continue reading

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Pinch Yourself

The sun is shining, the temperature is perfect, there’s no big wind.  Geese visit in the pond and honk when we get close.  Cowboy the pony is a pony!  In our yard!  Delia’s building – a stool out of wood, … Continue reading

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My new favorite bird

The American Bittern. This is the goofiest bird I’ve ever seen.  I saw one last year from our bathroom window, but couldn’t identify it.  It had a long neck and reminded me a lot of the birds in the intro … Continue reading

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Frogs

 Tonight we had our first fire of the year and we heard frogs for the first time.  Based on their calls, it seems we have: Spring Peepers (Pseudacris crucifer) Wood Frogs (Rana sylvatica) Western Chorus Frogs (Pseudacris triseriata) This evening … Continue reading

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Geese

We have seven geese in our pond this morning! Last night just before dark, Henry brought his boots into the living room for me to put on him.  He then said “ow-die!” which means “outside.”  It was a bit chilly … Continue reading

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Ducks

We had two ducks in our pond today!  The main pond is still frozen, but the little adjoining swampy one has open water and that’s where they were. I also collected 6 eggs this morning, so the chickens have stepped … Continue reading

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Wolf Kill

I went for a walk in the woods with Foley today.  I noticed him chewing on something, which is fairly common.  There are deer bones to be found.  But when I got closer to this one, I noticed it still … Continue reading

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They are camping!

Ryan and Delia are on Grassy Lake.  They drove to the lake and paddled to a campsite.  Here are two pictures they sent from the cell phone.

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Lightning Bugs

The night we saw the bear, Lucy woke me up at 1:30 by barking and howling.  I got up and saw her at the front window, carrying on like…  like…  like there was a bear in the front yard.  There … Continue reading

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