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Every Bird is Cute

Feb 23

I have seen so many kinds of Wisconsin birds this winter.
I started my bird watching project January 1st a day after my best friend Raita did in Tuvalu.  She is in a different time zone them I am.

I would really like to see one of the cutest birds this winter, the Snowy Owl. I know we will see lots and lots of tourists from out-of-state walking around Kickapoo Valley with their thick winter coats and binoculars if the Snowy Owl comes here again.

Two years ago when I was by the Great River Road I saw cute group of American White Pelicans floating by in the Mississippi River.
Kirby said birds are slobs but I think he is just being difficult with me because he likes me.  That’s what my friend Raita thinks.

I think Kirby has his merits but birds are cute and
very organized not slobs.

45 Wisconsin Birds

May 25

 

It is a Great Year.

I am not sure if I have seen 45 birds yet.  Seeing one bird is enough
happiness for a whole day.

Spring Smell Project

May 10

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It is very well known to you by now that I am conducting
a serious, smell research project. Today, I compared the Tulip,
Daffodil, and Alium.

It was not easy to decide which flower smells the best.
After several samples I have smelled, several sneezes, and a
runny nose I can announce that all three flowers are very pretty.
But the more important news is I am pleased to announce I have ranked the flowers by smell.

A. The Daffodil by itself is hard to smell.
B. The Tulip does not smell at all by itself either.
C.. Alium does not smell, but if you accidentally step on one
and crush it, when you are avoiding a certain Red Squirrel,
you will notice that the smell is not so great.

THE RESULTS OF THE SMELL RESEARCH
1. Daffodil – ranks OKAY
2. Tulip – ranks OKAY
3. Alium – YUCK!

Thank you.  Please Enjoy.

Red Squirrel Returns

May 08

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Myles and I thought he was gone but actually the squirrel was on vacation for two weeks!  A robin told us the Red Squirrel had gone to Cicero, Illinois for rest and recreation.  I don’t know anything about Cicero, Illinois maybe for squirrels it is a lovely place to visit this time of year.

I don’t care where the Red Squirrel took his vacation.  He’s back now and as mean as ever.  Today, the Red Squirrel returned to the Oak Tree dumping bird seed husks down on us!  Myles and I had to run fast to our porch.  This time I think I saw the Red Squirrel holding a large basket.  Where did he get that from Cicero?

Arbor Day is Every Day.

Apr 29

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Every day is a celebration for trees!  A cool breeze by your window, a healthy forest, or shade from the heat there are so many things to thank them for. But for some people like Kirby who forget about trees we honor trees with ARBOR DAY.

Happy Arbor Day to all the pines (conifers) and leaf bearing (deciduous) ones and my tree friend, Asmina the Paw Paw.

Please plant a tree with your school, friends, or family.  Water and care for the trees around your house or along your street.  Plant a tree
to honor your grandpa or grandma, or to wish a happy birthday to
your sister or brother.

Please Don’t Fly Away

Apr 29

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As you know diary I have tried, and tried to identify Sparrows.
But I am finding it very difficult find them since they are
so small. I can spot them clustered in a bush all chatting like it’s a brown bird convention. But who are they? Is the sparrow I am seeing an American tree sparrow, or Chipping sparrow, or Field sparrow, or Clay-colored sparrow I can’t tell. Every time I try to sneak up on them one by one they pop off the tiny branches and fly away.

I know need better binoculars so I can spy on the small, brown birds without scaring them away.

My total for this year’s GREAT YEAR is not going up as
quickly since all brown birds look the same when flying away! I guess I could just add ONE to my total since I at least know they are sparrows.

They are cute so I forgive them.

Tomorrow is Earth Day!

Apr 21

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One more day until Earth Day. I can’t wait. I am joining my friends for an evening of earth friendly, entertainment. I think we are putting on the first ever play about Gaylord Nelson.

At least we are the first “professionally trained, theatre group” to put on a play about Gaylord Nelson in Kickapoo Valley. As you might have noticed I had professionally trained, theatre group in quotations. I read those exact words in a program from the Muskrat, Vaudeville show I saw last month.

I am nervous about performing in front of people because my singing voice is not so good. I have to remind myself that I will be dressed as a tree singing in a choir so the audience won’t hear my bad voice. Kirby thinks a woodpecker will hear my awful singing and think I’m a bug, and start tapping a hole in my tree.

I don’t care what he or the moms and dads in the audience think about my singing I love celebrating Earth Day!

Another Great Year List

Apr 19

Today’s list features the bird category called: Doves, Woodpeckers, etc.
So many cute Wisconsin birds. Good Luck finding them:

1) Morning Dove
2) Rock Pigeon
3) Belted Kingfisher
4) Black-billed Cuckoo
5) Red-headed Woodpecker
6) Red-bellied Woodpecker
7) Pileated Woodpecker
8) Downy Woodpecker
9) Norther Flicker
10) Northern Bobwhite
11) Greater Prairie Chicken
12) Ruffed Grouse
13) Wild Turkey
14) Ring-necked Pheasant

Thank you. Please Enjoy!

Myles Game Day

Apr 19

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Dear Diary,

When Myles wants me to play with him he walks up to me and
drops his ball on my foot. I am glad the ball is made of
recycled paper and not a bowling ball. Today he wanted
me to play the game he invented.

The game does not have a winner or loser. Maybe Myles
is the winner since got me to stop studying and play
his game.

As you know his invented game involves him going to the
top of the stairs and dropping the ball down all the steps
to me. Then according to game rules I am supposed to throw
ball up to him. He catches the ball with his mouth and
then politely drops the ball on the step below him.
The ball bounces down all the steps to the bottom
where I am.

However, he only drops said ball if I use the command “Drop It.” Otherwise he just sits on the landing at the top of the steps and plays by himself with the ball. Or he likes to drop his front paws over the edge of the landing and look down at me and wait for me to plead for him to drop the ball.

It is a fun game to play with him but I always get tired before
he does.

Kirby’s Dad’s Oxen

Apr 19
Max and Baxter local oxen

Max and Baxter

Max and Baxter were working today! They are so cute and furry.
I like petting them a lot when they are not pulling old logs
out of the forest. Today, Kirby’s Dad was harvesting more dead wood
from his forest. His Dad makes birdhouses, furniture, and
wood flooring from the old logs he finds.

Kirby told me his Dad never removes dead logs that
are homes for animals, or non-diseased trees. He only
selects dead trees that have either been
blown down by the wind and could cause harm.

Max and Baxter like Myles but sometimes he barks at them.
He is partly to mostly terrier and terriers like to bark
for fun sometimes. Max and Baxter are so huge Myles is barely taller
than their big hooves so they probably don’t hear him anyway.