Monday, May 23, 2016

National Turtle Day et al

It's National Turtle Day today. 

Maybe INTERnational, now that I think of it! 

Little Alligator snapper.  Even though it was so small, 
I moved it with the shovel.  I do not want to be on a country road with no one around with a snapper hanging off my hand. 

Here is a link to some wonderful information about moving turtles from the road.

Go, turtles! 

We had a fun walk at the park today early, since we were expecting rain. 

Lilly led Jax way off the path.  That tree line covers a steep bank to a creek though, so 
I called them back. 

Lil was in her element. 

This was taken with my phone through my bedroom window. 

We have bunnies all around the house this spring. 

I'll show you tomorrow what Jax and I discovered in the backyard this afternoon. 
We started working outside about 30 minutes before it began to pour. 
I have a project for us inside tomorrow, just in case. 

They are trying to earn spending money for their first family vacation trip, 
that they are taking to Branson in a month. 

I shot pictures at the ballparks all weekend at the baseball tournament and a few at the T Bones. 
I forgot to re-set the camera, remember, I have to shoot in manual now, since I broke the auto setting. 

I think this still came out okay early this morning, but really, very dark. 

You will have to look hard in the middle of this wildflower strewn pasture 
for a coyote that is looking at you.  He crossed the street in front of me last week, and I was so stunned I stopped the darn car in a crazy place and took it's picture.  I couldn't focus quickly and didn't really get him.  That's at least the fifth coyote I have seen in broad daylight in the last few weeks. 

A few minutes later, I saw a vulture eating on the side of the road. 
I went around the corner to my gravel road with the little pond... and realized there were MANY vultures. 

The funny thing was, after we walked, an hour later we came back by, and not a vulture was in sight! 

Western Kingbird, this morning.  I have the camera settings changed and will try to get one tomorrow. 

This is a Boston Terrier who is very intent on getting a mouse. 
HOWEVER... we have declared war on the mice, and 
today, an exterminator came to our house.  Yes, we are 
killing them.  The nice young man even climbed into the 
attic, and downstairs to Keith's area... 

I am going to be watching the dogs like a hawk.  

We have to do it, though you know I don't like to kill.  

And Gorges, if you are reading this... I looked it up, the towhee has a 
white chest, though they look so very similar to the orioles! 


  1. Spectacular bird photos! Oh yes,, we see the coyote too,

    I hope the man that takes care of the mice,, can plug any holes that they are coming into the house through.

  2. Your daily activities have taken a twist with having those two along. I hope the exterminator does his job and gets rid of your unwanted visitors. I had a dog that was a mouser once and got rid of any we had, sadly there were the kids gerbils that had escaped the cage. Hope your Tuesday is a terrific one!

  3. We have lots of bunnies in the yard this year too! I pushed a turtle off the road the other day, but it wasn't a snapper. I keep a shovel in the car all summer :-).

  4. Happy Turtle Day. You wait right there for that mouse BOL
    Lily & Edward

  5. Wow, I didn't know it is turtle day! My crabby girls will be all agog to celebrate some shelled friends. BOL Great pix of the bunny and birdies. Love that hiding coyote!
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  6. Those mice will destroy things and unfortunately they have to go. I haven't seen any rabbits lately. I bet they will come back when the fruit starts dropping off the trees.

  7. Our mom is bringing her camera with her to the BAR so you can show her how to use it better, great pixs we could tell the kids are having a good time with you this week.
    stella rose

  8. Wow, extra great photos today! Well done! BTW, no judgement here on killing those mice! Our mom hates killing but mice (in the house) are exempt from her sympathy!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  9. When I was a boy in Kenora, we caught a snapping turtle that weighed 25 pound. We tied him under our boat seat and kept him there with a broomstick. That was fine until he bit the broomstick in half. We kept our feet away after that. We even got our picture in the local paper with it.

    Tip for the day: If you see a lot of vultures circling overhead, stop, and take your pulse! :-}

  10. I love that photo of the bird eating out of the dish!! I've never seen a bird like that. I also liked the turtle. When I was a child we had a turtle (seemed big to me at that time but may have only been about 7 or 8 inches across the back (just a guess). I remember that its shell was cracked. It always disappeared at the end of summer but for several years reappeared the following summer. My brother and I always got excited waiting for it.

  11. that's a lot of vultures! i sure hope that rain comes our way. even with all the rain we've had recently, the ground is bone dry.

  12. Great pictures. Watch for snakes!

  13. Thought you would enjoy this story - since I remember the snakes you had at the old place:

  14. Super pictures.
    Not fond of the mice though...yuck.

    M : )


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