Coots, Coots, Coots are every where this time of year. I like to watch them when they’re in town. Did you ever notice that
Coots swim in large groups? Sometimes you can see over 100
Coots all together floating around a lake or big river.
Their colors are always black and grey. They are very stylish looking, duck-type birds.
But Today, I spotted an imposter! Did he think no one would notice him? There floating inside the Coot flotilla was a black, white duck with a brownish-purplish head. Who does he think he is? A Coot?
It was the Lesser Scaup pretending to be a Coot.
I can of course add him to my Great Year List!
As I mentioned to you yesterday, I am starting a Great Year LIST for
WISCONSIN FISH. I know I said I am including any Wisconsin fish I
eat in the list. Yuck! I did not think about seeing one of the fish
on my list carried away by Myles. He found a dead,
ORANGE SPOTTED SUNFISH by the side of the Kickapoo River and was
carrying it around in his mouth!
I chased after Myles and told him to drop the fish, but that made him only run faster. Finally, I yelled “Yummies! Yummies!,” and he stopped
in his tracks and turned around. YUMMIES are the word we taught him for
snacks, or treats.
Myles walked up to me with the fish in his mouth and then sat politely
in front of me waiting for me to give him a snack! Then I said “Drop It!”
and he carefully let the fish fall out of his mouth onto the rocks.
I picked up the rotten fish by the tail and threw it into the river.
I so excited that I saw a the Cedar Waxwing. I officially added him to my Great Year LIST today. I wanted to list all the perching birds I have seen so far.
1) American Robin
2) Blue Jay
3) Common Grackle
4) Eastern Wood-Pewee
5) Black-Capped Chickadee
6) House Sparrow
7) American Tree Sparrow
8) Song Sparrow
9) Chipping Sparrow
10) House Finch
11) Purple Finch
12) Dark Eyed Junco
13) Brown Thrasher
14) Red-winged Blackbird
and 15) A CEDAR WAXWING!
Yesterday morning I was looking towards the group of pine trees near the stream by our house. I was watching the sun shining through the branches.
All of a sudden I saw a flitter, and some dark object hop and plunge back into the pines. I grabbed my binoculars, and aimed them towards the branches where I saw the object last. I waited. I waited some more still longer until I saw his head peer out of the branches. When he rested on a branch closer to me I realized it was a CEDAR WAXWING! Another bird I can add to my GREAT YEAR LIST.
In honor of the Bufflehead I saw I made a list of Wisconsin duck-like birds
you should have on your GREAT YEAR LIST:
4) American Black Duck
5) Blue-winged Teal
6) Hooded Merganser
7) Red-Breasted Merganser
8) Ruddy Duck
9) Greater Scaup
10) Common Goldeneye
11) Pied-billed Grebe
12) Green-winged Teal
13) Lesser Scaup
14) Northern Shoveler
15) Horned Grebe
AND 16) A BUFFLEHEAD!
Today I saw in the river by our house, a black and white duck. I thought maybe it was a lost bird from the North Pole. But when I moved in closer to look I saw that the duck had a big, black and white head! I knew right away it was a BUFFLEHEAD my newest addition to my Great Year project.
I know Kirby did not see the Bufflehead! He lives in the forest on the top of the bluffs. There is no lake, river or stream any where near his house.
I know I am must be ahead of Kirby now with the Great Year total.
I think I have the world’s largest vinegar library. I have all kinds of vinegars in jars from A to Z. Now Kirby says he has a bigger vinegar library than I do. What he doesn’t know is that during the winter my forest friends helped me create 24 new recipes! I now have 137 different vinegars to choose from.
Some of the new recipes I think animals would like better than humans.
That is not surprising since some of the newest recipes come from muskrats, woodchucks, and a black bear. Maybe some people will not like ants in their vinegar.
Anyone one in my hometown can borrow any vinegars if they want to use a jar for dinner or lunch. My friends also borrow my recipe cards if they
like a vinegar in the library.
At night I open the the shades in my bedroom window and look up
into the sky. The sky is so dark, like my old home Tuvalu, and
so filled with millions and millions of stars, and planets.
The same stars and planets shine in the sky in Tuvalu and in
I listen at night on my radio to my favorite show.
Tonight I heard a great song for SPRING, “My Sweet Little Blue
Bird Girl.” I don’t remember the name of the singer but I liked
the song because it reminded me that it is SPRING!!