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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Migrating Songbirds

The songbirds are back.
Here's just a few I've captured over the last few weeks

Yellow Warbler
Common Yellowthroat

White crowned Sparrow
Evening Grosbeaks

I've seen several more, most notably a Baltimore Oriole & Indigo Bunting, but not photos yet.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Muzzled

The grass is growing furiously and becomes a hazard for our horses.
You'd think lots of rich grass would be great for them, but not neccessarily.
When the grass is rapidly growing it produces lots of sugar (fructans)
which stimulates an overgrowth of bacteria in the horse's large intestine. 
The bacteria produce and release toxins (endotoxins) that are carried by the bloodstream
 to the foot where they cause damage leading to lameness.
Many horses are euthanized for this condition, called laminitis.


So if you see a horse with a grazing muzzle on,
the owner is not trying to starve the horse, but actually trying to keep it healthy.
They can eat through the small opening in the muzzle, but not over eat.
Sorry Rocky.


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!