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Monday, April 25, 2016

What's in an Owl Pellet?

What is this?
It's not what you think.

Its an owl pellet.
Owls eat their food whole and cannot digest some parts of their prey,
such as hair, bone & feathers.  Those parts are then regurgitated as a pellet.

My (future naturalist) granddaughter  & I dissected it to see what was inside.

 Inside the matted fur were bones & teeth.


We concluded from the size of these vertebrae,
 the rodent-like teeth and the color & texture of the fur that the unlucky victim was a squirrel.


Sunday, April 24, 2016

Earth Day

While viewing the Fairy Trail,
 we ended up at the park where Earth Day was being celebrated.
I received some free trees so the older girls helped me plant them.
 
We planted a red oak, a spotted oak and a dogwood tree.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Fairyville Trail

Had a fun weekend with the granddaughters.
The girls explored a fairy trail in our hometown,
a trail with 35 handmade fairy houses of all types .

They loved all the details in the houses.

Five year old Maggie was enthralled with each one.

Lots of fun details on the houses.

The trail went under...

and over bridges.

Maggie couldn't decide which one was her favorite.
She liked them all!

What a fun adventure!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Never Ending Winter

Just when you think Spring is sprung, 
winter comes back with a vengeance.
 A dusting of snow

 And a brand new calf born in the neighboring pasture.

 

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wildflower Blooms

The woods are blooming with lots of Spring wildflowers

 Rue Anemone & Marsh Marigold

 Spring Cress

 Trout Lily
(Leaves look like a trout)

Phlox