Category Archives: Wild Critters
The turkey family has pretty much grown up. They like to scratch up a dusty spot to flop in.
Wild turkeys dust, sun and preen from a young age, about 2-4 days old. Dusting is usually a flock activity. A dust bath is part of a bird’s preening and plumage maintenance that keeps feathers in top condition. Turkeys will flap frantically in the dirt to spread dust over their entire body. Doing so keeps feathers from becoming greasy or matted. Sunning and preening often follow a dust bath as part of their extensive grooming regimen.
Mrs J found this Regal Moth in her flower garden, it seemed to be some distress. She left it in a little concealed nook and has since seen it a couple of times in different spots.I had an oops! moment last week – I left the butter dish atop the toaster oven and needed something to use up all that melted butter. Pineapple upside down cake worked admirably. It could have used a bit more oven time to caramelize the pineapple layer. Inverting the cake onto a sheet of parchment paper was a stroke of genius, he said, patting himself on the back.More sous vide rib-eye. I made a pan sauce in the cast iron skillet used to sear the steaks. Deglazed it with white wine and then added the sealed bag liquids and the garlic butter left from the mix used for the bread.While I was searching the freezer for the rib steaks I came across a couple of strip steaks. I knew them to be tough so I put them in the water bath with the rib-eyes and let them run overnight. I sliced off a bit to sample in the morning and found it very tender. Mrs J started chanting “cheesesteak! cheesesteak!” And that’s the rest of the story.My cayenne peppers are nearing harvest, they’ll be dried and processed into red pepper flakes.The habaneros are starting to ripen. They are just too hot to use up in the small amounts we can tolerate – I still have ground habs from two years ago. They are pretty, though, and I’m sure I’ll want some growing next year, too.Naan pizzas! These are just great for quick and tasty dinners. These have olive oil and garlic, provolone, cherry tomatoes, fresh thyme, deli sliced turkey, salami, shredded pizza blend cheese, and fresh grated Parmesan.I’ll bookend this post with moths. Here’s a hummingbird moth browsing through the flowers on the catmint.
Worm poop, to be indelicate about it. Since my containers sit on concrete this is often the first indication that I have a worm gorging itself. Above this particular spoor was a cayenne pepper.It’s amazing how hard it is to spot these critters even when you know there is one there, somewhere. When you do, finally, spot them you are again amazed that you didn’t see it right away.This one is on a Thai pepper. I saw the poop under it a few days ago but I couldn’t spot the culprit. I thought that it had moved on. Then I spotted a branch shaking. He is so heavy that his own movement gave him away.
We moved a game camera to a spot overlooking a stretch of lawn south of the house. The camera is pointing towards the east and doesn’t usually get much action. This morning it saw a bit more:
A small buck in velvet wander past just after 5AM this morning..
followed by a coyote trotting quickly off-frame on the right in the first seconds of the video..
and a turkey moseying along a few minutes past 8AM.