Today, Myles and I rode with Dad through the green valleys
around our house. It is so beautiful living here in Wisconsin.
I wish my friends in Tuvalu would visit me this summer. I know they would love it here. I could also teach them about foraging for different edible plants up the valley and in the prairie.
The winter might be too cold for them but I think they would enjoy snow shoeing, sledding and even ice fishing too.
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.
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?
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
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
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.
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Here are some more Wisconsin birds I have still not seen yet.
I made this list for PERCHING BIRDS:
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
11) Brown Headed Cowbird
12) Eastern Phoebe
13) Yellow-headed Blackbird
14) Gray Jay.
I hope to see them soon!
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.
Today I created a list of all of Wisconsin’s fish. I want to start a Great Year project for WISCONSIN FISH too. Fish are much harder to find, but I think I can see some of them this year.
Here is my LIST of WISCONSIN FISH I would like to see
1) LAKE STURGEON
2) RAINBOW TROUT
4) ORANGE SPOTTED SUNFISH
5) NINESPINE STICKLEBACK
6) RAINBOW SMELT
7) DEEPWATER SCULPIN
8) CHINOOK SALMON
9) COHO SALMON
10) GRASS PICKEREL
12) SKIPJACK HERRING
14) LONGNOSE GAR
15) BLACK CRAPPIE
16) CHANNEL CATFISH
18) STRIPED BASS
19) ROCK BASS
I also like to eat fish so I am including any Wisconsin fish I eat on my