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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.

Smell Research Project

May 25

Beatrice's flower smell project

Dear Diary,

The prairie in the valley around my farm is so beautiful today. Everywhere I look there are flowers blooming, so many colors, pinks, purples, whites, blues, and yellows.  I don’t know if my nose can survey all the flowers for my research I might sneeze a giant boulder onto our barn by the cliffs as Dad says. He thinks my sneezes might create an avalanche that comes down the bluffs onto our house.   I know he is kidding but Mom’s sneezes are much worse she has a double one.  She starts with a tiny, mouse-sized, sneeze that is followed by an enormous, dinosaur blast.  I am sorry I got a little lost here the topic is my Smell Project.

The good new is I did get to smell the Phlox blooming in the prairie and the Lilac bushes blooming by my house. I like the smell of both flowers so it is hard to decide which one scores the highest.

I think according to my smell chart, I rank both flowers as LOVELY.
Maybe I need to redo my chart since I am ranking a lot of flowers
as LOVELY lately.

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.

Who’s That Fat Bird?

Apr 18

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I am always on the look-out for birds that I can add to my Great Year List. Today, I spotted a bird but have no idea what it is.
I always have my Wisconsin, Bird Guide with me but couldn’t find him or her anywhere in the book.

The guy or girl I saw was a cute, fat bird peeking his/her head out of a birdhouse by the Kickapoo Valley Library’s garden. I have no
idea who he or she is. I think the cute, fat bird is some type of sparrow. However, the fat bird was all brown and no other spots or marks.

It could be a mini-golden eagle? No.
That is silly. There is such thing as
a mini-gold eagle.

If you have any ideas please let me know.
Thanks.

A Great Year Fishing

Apr 18

On Saturday, My Dad is going with his friends fly fishing in
the Wolf River. He said that the Walleye are running.
Running means that the fish are passing through the river
in large groups now.

I like fly fishing. I like the boots. I like wearing the
fly fishing boots in the stream near us, because they
are waterproof and so big. I like to look at all the
creatures that live in stream near us when I wear
the boots.

The Great Year List

Apr 17

Here are some more Wisconsin birds I have still not seen yet.
I made this list for PERCHING BIRDS:

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1) Baltimore Oriole
2) Yellow Warbler
3) Chestnut-sided Warbler
4) Gray Catbird
5) Palm Warbler
6) Wood Thrush
7) Hermit Thrush
8) Common Yellowthroat
9) Magnolia Warbler
10) Veery
11) Brown Headed Cowbird
12) Eastern Phoebe
13) Yellow-headed Blackbird
14) Gray Jay.

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I hope to see them soon!

My Perching Birds List

Apr 15

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!

I miss Tuvalu

Apr 13

Tuvalu Beatrice's home

I thought about Tuvalu today when I was eating breakfest. I hope I can visit my classmates this summer. My mom told me if I raise money somehow I can go.
I miss Grandma.

The Red Squirrel’s Mean

Apr 13

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The sun is out again, and I am hearing more birds singing when I come
home from school. Myles met me by the mailbox as usual to escort
me back to our house. Today coming up our long gravel path, Myles
ran ahead of me towards the big Oak in our front yard. The Oak Tree is where the Red Squirrel lives. When I got to the tree I heard Myles growling, and saw he was face to face with the Red squirrel.

I am right the squirrel is a giant, he is almost the same size as Myles.
A couple seconds later Myles and the squirrel were nose to nose. “Oh no,” I thought what is going to happen. Then I heard a weird sound come from Myles, and it wasn’t a bark. The squirrel turned and ran up the tree.
I looked at Myles and he was sniffing the tree. I think sound I heard from Myles was a burp!