Sunday, July 26, 2009
It was day 17 for him.
We saw him yesterday with mama and dad. You could tell him because he had a little trouble landing on a wire and his tail is so SHORT!.. Guess he's still ok
Our Brown Thrashers have all left. It seems they come in late spring, have their babies and leave until next year. Tina had 2 successful nests this year and the third was started but something took the eggs. Probably a snake.
Al got a new lawnmower today. It's a Troybuilt with a Honda motor. We use the zero turn Grasshopper mostly but he needs something small for the pond area and the trim. It's always something
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
We called and got a "burn permit" and decided it was a good day to burn some yard debris. Living on 11 acres means there is always yard debris. We're constantly trimming something and of course that has to be disposed of. We initially piled the debris on the trailer and hauled it to dump but that is way too much work for the huge amount of waste we have.
Anyway, when we had the hurricane shelter put in they dug us a burn pit. Unfortunately it's sometimes full of water after a heavy rain.
Al burned a lot of waste and I worked on mowing. We then did a little work on the motorhome. I brought my book, Eclipse up and read a while. It was pretty cool and I got a wild hair to "camp" in the RV. We have such a nice RV site fixed up now it's a shame to waste it. Al wasn't too excited because he figured he would have a problem setting up satellite signal so we could bring the TIVO box. Since we got the new dish, we aren't having any problem picking up the signal and we even get local channels. I guess our old dish was outdated and no one told us.
We brought Squeaky with us, fixed spam sandwiches, watched TV and opened the RV windows and turned off the air. It was a little cold this morning. We put on sweatshirts and long sleeves! According the the news it was in the low 60's. What a wonderful thing for July. We loved sleeping with a cool breeze blowing in at us.
We're going to do it again tonight!
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Al brought back some fresh fish from Tampa, thanks to a friend who just got back from a fishing trip. He gave us Red Snapper, Mangrove Snapper and Amberjack. We fried the fish in Panko Bread crumbs. I sliced the squash, dipped it in Vigo Italian Bread crumbs and fried it in Olive oil. It was VERY good, as was the fish. YUM.
Our nest box has a plexiglass window in the side. You can open the shade and see inside but between it being dirty inside and the glare, it's hard to see well inside. I peeked inside thru the plexiglass and couldn't see him, so I was a little concerned. We have a top opening nest box, so I carefully cracked it open and saw baby inside. He's ok. According to the book he should fledge from day 14 thru 21. I'm thinking since he was the only child and well fed, he may leave earlier.
As soon as he leaves we will be able to move the motorhome to mow under it. Hate to disturb the family by moving it right now, but the grass is getting a little high!
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
We were told to pick the cucumbers early and can right away. That didn't help. I think our solution is to get a different type of cucumber, made specifically for pickles.
We're still picking jalapenoes, green peppers, tomatoes and eggplant. Our okra is blooming and we should be eating it in a week or so.
Al is taking 2 of his Cacuzza Squash to friends in Tampa. One is 22 inches long! They are huge. I found a website on them.. it has recipes!
About a week ago we saw a snake in our oak tree by the front porch. He was in the process of eating a small bird. Al and I do not believe in killing snakes normally but this one was eating one of our birds...he's no longer with us. We did put the dead snake out for the hawks to feed on and someone did get it. At least the snake and the poor bird weren't wasted. Our good friend had a snake eat a baby Dove she had been watching and protecting. Carol urged us to kill the snake so he couldn't get anymore babies. It appears we may have more than one. I believe in live and let live but don't mess with my babies!
Anyway, poor Tina (Brown Thrasher) won't be having her third nest this year.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
We now have 1 baby and 2 eggs. There is the chip out of another egg. We'll check tomorrow to see if we have another baby. Hope this one is all right.
Still one baby hatched and 2 eggs. I guess they aren't going to hatch. The baby sure is growing fast. He seems kind of lazy, always sleeping when we peek inside the box. I guess he doesn't get a chance to get hungry since he's the only child.
We have checked and double checked our baffle and wire netting. We want to make sure no snakes can get to him. His little nest seems dry and bug free. We are concerned about the heat inside the nest but he seems to be doing ok so far.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Our youngsters from the first nest of the year have grown up and made a nest of their own. The first baby bird hatched on July 6th. I wondered how a bird could be inside those small eggs. Today I found out. I opened the nest box and one of the 4 eggs had hatched. The baby was curled up just as if he was still inside the egg. I guess he hadn’t gotten around to stretching his legs out yet. He was curled up just exactly as he must have been inside the egg He was so small and bald. I didn’t try to take a picture as mama was getting a little upset.
This morning we checked the nest again and here is what we found. This is day 2 for the baby and the other 3 eggs have not hatched.
Notice the faint feathers from his wing? It looks more like hair.
We felt we should do our part to protest the enormous spending, stimulus packages, health care reform and the Cap and Trade bill, so we made our way into Tallahassee on the 4th of July. The Tea Party wasn’t too well attended but a LOT of people showed their support by honking as they drove by. I think the extremely hot weather scared a lot of people away. It almost did us, but once we got there we found a nice breeze under the shade of the large oak trees.
There were several speakers, one an 11 year old girl who was amazing. If she doesn’t enter politics I would be surprised. Her name was Sara but I can’t remember her last name.
It was a peaceful and inspirational day.