Category Archives: Wild Critters
Katie is merging into daily doggie life here. She is still a bit jumpy with me but Mrs J’s campaign to endear herself to Kate is paying huge dividends. Katie actually will join her on the couch – she still wants to bail when I go to sit with her. The cats are not as wary of her, nor she of them. She seems very smart and is picking up commands and hand signs well.Here’s another view of the sausage and pepper sub I built yesterday. Kroger sells bone in chicken thighs in a nice “value pack” tray fairly cheap. I didn’t make note but there are around 10 pieces in there for 6 or 7 dollars. I’ve been cooking them all at once on the grill when I have it going for whatever else, wrapping them in foil for later quick meals. The sausages came in a similar pack of ten, I cooked all of those as well.I’ve mentioned this before, we keep a trail camera active overlooking the spot where Mrs J spreads the corn and other seeds. The camera has infra-red LEDs to add illumination at night, and the camera itself has a light sensor that switches the mode from daylight color to night time IR. Often there is a transition period in the evening and in the morning when there is enough ambient light that the entire scene is lit well enough to see to the far edges of the frame. The resulting photos have what I would term “drama”.Speaking of game cameras, we placed another one looking at the tomato garden this year, hoping to identify the culprits that destroyed some newly planted seedlings. We’ve seen rabbits and raccoons, deer and stray cats, but none of them have again bothered the steadily growing plants. It struck me as a fun project to save one photo a day from this camera to a new folder on a hard drive so daily progress can be noted. I have about ten frames saved so far. If I can figure out how I will make a movie out of the batch when I get enough of them.
I find it hard to pass up a chance to photograph a rainbow. Yesterday was rainy and overcast all day with showers and thunderstorms. Our good luck that they were nothing like the terrible storms in OK. Just as it was getting dark a stray patch of open sky let through enough sun to form one leg of a bow. The hummers are starting to feed heavily from the nectar feeders, they had been absent for a while – preoccupied with nesting.
I went for a long ride on Sunday and a flock of White Pelicans were totally enjoying the beautiful afternoon. They flew around for a good 20 minutes. I watched and watched and kept thinking if I get my camera out they’ll be gone. I finally dug it out of my pack and got some nice shots. They were really high up and I wasn’t sure I’d be able to capture them. Did my best, though.
These are American White Pelicans, as far as I know. When they arrive, I know winter is truly over.
I soaked a pound of black beans overnight and then cooked them for an hour or two. I had a notion to do a bean and corn something or other and ended up here. The corn was grilled and then cut from the cob. There are a few green onions chopped into the mix, and a bit of fresh yellow bell pepper. I dumped in the last of a jar of pickled green chilies, tried it, and added some pickled red peppers because I thought the green ones were good in there. The dressing was a vinaigrette of rice wine vinegar and olive oil with crushed and minced garlic. There is a sprinkle of ground cumin and salt. I may do the same dish with fresh roasted peppers the next go. This made a decent side salad.Here are all the pups lined up at the door with Katie showing better manners than the rest of them. Mrs J is teaching her to accept the leash and she is doing pretty well. Long road, still.Bea catches some Zs under the rhodie.And here is a young turkey wandering through the yard. There are plenty of turkeys hereabouts and occasionally we see them poking about.
We keep a broadcast feeder at the back pond filled with whole corn, set to run a few times a day. A video camera is set to watch over it and gets plenty of videos of various critters: Ducks, turkeys, deer, birds of all kinds, squirrels, stray cats and dogs, the rare coyote. Mostly, though, we get raccoons, usually at night. The other morning I trundled down there with a refill for the corn and surprised a ‘coon. He didn’t have anywhere to go but into the water. Not a very good swimmer, but he made it across.