Category Archives: Wild Critters

Tidbits

20140415_093529 (1600x1060)It got cold enough the other night to freeze the little bird bath thing.  Bonus! – Homer in the window keeping an eye on me.  It’s a good thing my container garden, so far, isn’t any larger, it just barely fits onto the cart.  I wheel it into the garage for the night.20140415_093651 (1600x1060)I noticed a spike in my view count at Flickr, Buzzfeed linked to one of my photos and I blew right through 3 million total views while we were eating dinner.  I had hoped to get a screenshot of the stat page right at 3,000,000 but I missed it:Untitled (1600x1060)Here are a couple of Chicago style hot dogs.  I was surprised how good they are.  Everything on there adds something to the experience.  I have no idea why the bright green relish became standard on these things. [Note to self: remember the celery salt next time]DSC_8152 (1600x1060)We’ve looked hard at this photo from the trail camera we keep down by the back pond and I think it is an albino raccoon.  I could be mistaken.  There is a hint of color on the tail and there is probably a term other than “albino” that better describes what it is but I’m not going to look for it.PICT5974 (1600x1060)

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Random Wildlife

DSC_4558 (1600x1060)Bitsy and Bea, in a tag team against a spring frog.  I rescued it and carried it back to the pond.  We hear a few peepers but the bullfrogs haven’t started yet, still a little chilly.

Random Wildlife

DSC_4551 (1600x1060)Thunderstorms are looming, we can hear the rumble to the SW.  Mrs J thought it a good time to make a quick doggie run before the storm breaks.  Katie found a turtle interesting enough to bark at it, summoning me with a camera to take this shot.

This is the season for the turtles to crawl away from the pond to lay eggs, we see them often, enroute.

Tidbits

DSC_8012 (1600x1060)I put a chicken into the electric smoker yesterday afternoon and jolted myself out of bed, just as I was closing my eyes, when I remembered it was still in there.  The skin was black and the bird was pretty dry but we salvaged what we could and chopped the meat for sandwiches.  A good soaking in bbq sauce heals a lot of dry.DSC_4535 (1600x1060)Ginger kitteh pesters Toby all the time.  Tobe squalls and hisses and smacks him around and retreats to the top of the tree.  Toby’s tail is quite an attraction.  He lets Ginger get away with stuff that he will not abide from Homer.DSC_4537 (1600x1060)We often get geese at the front pond.  These two showed up today and have been hanging out.  We’ve never had any try to nest, the dogs would preclude any attempt at that.  I wonder if a raft out in the middle would attract a pair to nest?  The back pond is more secluded, we get ducks on it pretty often, there are several Wood Ducks back there now.PICT6349 (1600x1060)The males are very colorful, I wish the camera back there was better.  The light wasn’t very good, either.  The green box holds corn, the little box under it holds a timer and a little spinner motor to spread the corn at set intervals.  The raccoons are all over it at night.DSC_8013 (1600x1060)It has turned off cold again, it will be down into the twenties tonight.  Perfect weather for a good Irish stew!  I went with this recipe today.DSC_4525 (1600x1060)Mrs J sat the dogs down in the laundry the other day for a little light clipping.  We hang the hair out front in a device that lets the nest builders grab hanks for their constructions.DSC_4538 (1600x1060)The tree with the yellow flowers is a Cornelian cherry.  It’s a neat little tree, puts out loads of red berries in the fall.  It’s usually the first thing to flower, beating out the forsythia for that honor.

Tidbits

DSC_7810 (1600x1060)Pizza!  I fiddled with a crust recipe for this one:  2 cups of flour, pinch each of salt and sugar, 1/4 tsp of yeast and about 3/4 cup of water.  No stand mixer but I did knead it a bit before placing it into an oiled bowl to proof.  I covered it with plastic wrap and left it alone for about six hours.  It took that long to double with the tiny amount of yeast.  I stretched and pulled on it to reach the edges of my pan.  It was pretty good.DSC_4494 (1600x1060)The kittehs loved the stuffing that came inside this box.  Here’s Homer taking his turn.DSC_7821 (1600x1060)Tonight we had beef enchiladas with Spanish rice and refried beans.  I prefer this style of beans to those dishes that no longer contain identifiable beans.  I did mash these a little.IMG_4147 (1600x1060)Post needs moar puppehs!  This is a blue heeler mix pup, one of a small litter that came into the shelter the other day.  Already adopted, says Mrs J.IMG_4179 (1600x1060)A cat still at the shelter, as far as I know.  Mrs J may have more info.DSC_4493 (1600x1060)Here’s Ginger, attracted more to the cursor arrow than the deer in the video clip from the backyard camera.

Oh My Gosh, This Lion Cub Will Make Your Day

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Stumbled across this photo that led me to the Daily Mail and this:

Frolicking in the autumn leaves, this little lion cub is having the time of her life as she excitedly plays in her enclosure.

Tiny cub Karis proved she’s not too dissimilar to human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepers, even ending up with a pile on her head.

Staff at the Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, Scotland, had been raking up the leaves to keep the attraction tidy, when Karis’s keeper Brian Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them and moved the pile into her enclosure.

Autumn days: Karis, an 11 week old lion cub, plays in fallen leaves brushed up by keepers in her enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, central ScotlandAutumn days: Karis, an 11 week old lion cub, plays in fallen leaves brushed up by keepers in her enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park, near Stirling, central Scotland 
Adventure: Tiny cub Karis proved that she's not too dissimilar from human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepersAdventure: Tiny cub Karis proved that she’s not too dissimilar from human children as she threw herself into the pile of golden leaves carefully collected by her keepers
Playtime: Staff at the park had been raking up leaves, when Karis's keeper David Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them, and moved the pile into her enclosurePlaytime: Staff at the park had been raking up leaves, when Karis’s keeper David Reid realised that his little charge might enjoy playing in them, and moved the pile into her enclosure

Handful: The adventurous 11-week-old cub, who was born in September, is proving to be quite the character, with Mr Reid constantly coming up with new ways to entertain her

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Mother's daughter: Karis has also enjoyed playing with cardboard boxes, although as she is still so young her mother Teekay is still keeping a watchful eye over the playful cub
Happy: Karis almost seems to have a smile on her face as she poses in the pile of leaves
Family bond: Karis was born on September 10 to Teekay and father Dudley, joining her older sister Libby who was born two years ago
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Karis, an eleven week old lion cub, plays in fallen leaves brushed up by keepers in her enclosure at Blair Drummond Safari Park,Lion Queen: Karis appears to be working on an almighty roar as she leaps through the leaves 

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2511158/Adorable-lion-cub-Karis-loves-playing-Autumn-leaves-keepers-swept-enclosure.html#ixzz2lLqKG2BX

Click on the link above to see more fun… go, now, really…go…

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Random Critter Post

PICT4889Jack has seen skunks before and is wise to their ways.  He learned the hard way, of course.  Mrs J has an excellent odor killing remedy.

Cutest Video Ever: Ducks on a Water Slide

Seriously, this will start your weekend off just right:

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We Had a Bear

Photo by Matthew Jonas/Longmont Times Call

Photo by Matthew Jonas/Longmont Times Call

They’re saying the the flooding is bringing the bears into towns around the area because of the smells. Lots of garbage, etc.  This is the first time since I’ve lived here that we’ve had a bear in town. Although a few years ago we had a juvenile moose running through town, shades of Northern Exposure. It is not unusual for wildlife to wander down from the mountains and stroll through towns, even in Denver.

Here are all the photos of our wayward bear (who was tranquilized and moved back to the mountains).

Tidbits

DSC_4225 [1600x1060]We often see wasps at the nectar feeders but this is the first time I’ve seen this many honeybees at one.  First time I’ve seen this many honeybees in a long time, actually.  I wonder if they are a new swarm looking for a nest site and stopping by the feeder on their way.DSC_4204 [1600x1060]I think they just call an assembly of turkeys a flock, but a swarm would work.  Or a congress.  That one may already be taken.IMG_2973 (1600x1200)Here’s the male of a brother and sister pair of terrier mix puppies.  IMG_2958 (1600x1200)And the sister.  Mrs J said the previous owner took ill and was put into a nursing home by his kids.  They turned the dogs loose.  They were picked up by a neighbor and kept until the shelter had an opening.  They are leash trained and housebroken, their meds are up to date, and they will be spayed and neutered.IMG_2983 (1600x1200)Here’s a kitteh, one of those that were part of the colony that came down with a respiratory illness.  A visit to the St Francis Facebook page will yield more info on the dogs and cats. IMG_2939 (1600x1200)And a quick update on the ongoing Katie integration project.  Here she is with Bea kitteh and Annie, the Brittany Princess.  She loves her some Mrs J but would prefer to not be in the same room with me, unless I have a treat in hand.  She is coming into the kitchen to eat with the other dogs but she is still quick to run away if anything isn’t quite right.  She is eager for her walks, still always on a leash.  I have no idea whether or when Mrs J will let her out without it.  She will make that call.DSC_6914 [1600x1060]Mmm… biscuits and sausage gravy.  These biscuits are another success for this recipe.  I fold the dough over on itself several times while kneading it, makes for a nice flaky, layered biscuit.20130918_164650 [1600x1060]Jack doesn’t get much exposure so here he is with an expression I will make no attempt to characterize.

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