Saturday, November 10, 2018

Fitting In

It was another week of "Nana Duty" this past week.

Of course, ever since Harley Jean arrived 8 months ago, I also get to babysit her.  With a ferocious bark, she is one strong and powerful dog.  Yet it is her loving nature that made me invite her to celebrate  Thanksgiving with us this year.

Like all dogs, she has her favorite things.  One of them is a blanket I passed on to them (a gift from my BFFs many, many years ago when I had my German Short-Haired Pointer, Kiera Von Pooh).

When my grand daughter and I are on the couch in the den, Harley gazes up at us and seems to be saying PLEASE...PLEASE CAN I GET UP THERE WITH YOU?  I KNOW I CAN FIT.  Now weighing in at 70 lbs, she thinks she's tiny!!

just seeing, saying, and sharing...

Fitting In

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Another Bump In The Road

Each and every "bump" I've encountered has made me who I am.
  Like you, not only am I grateful for all those "bumps," but also what they taught me.

Over all the paths I've traveled during my life, there have been numerous lumps and bumps.  Like all of you, a lot were rough.  A lot were purposeful.  All had meaning in one way or another... and some were scary.  One of my more recent bumps in the road went like this...

Sleeping soundly in their luxurious king size bed, their cat,"Tuna," and I seemed to form an immediate bond.  In fact, the bed was so comfortable and cozy, I didn't even want to get up to go to the bathroom.  

However, that 16 oz cup of Chamomile tea I had after supper was pressing on my bladder.  Throwing back the covers, and swinging my legs over the edge of the bed, I began walking slowly toward the bathroom door although still half asleep. 

Bumping into the corner of the doorway, when I stepped backward to preposition myself, I stepped on something....something soft...something furry...something  squishy!  Groping for the light switch, this is what was there.

just seeing, saying, and sharing...

Another Bump In The Road

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Into The Dark (cont.)

The first night was a "dud."  Determined to be far too windy making for poor conditions for the mission, we were invited back Sunday night, which foresaw much more favorable weather conditions.  Besides because of Daylight Savings Time, we started earlier.  It was quite dark when we met at 6 pm and forming a caravan once again, we headed out to the field.  Like our leader, I had a "good feeling" about our chances of capturing and banding...Saw-Whet Owls.

Once lured in by the male's call and entangled in the bird netting, the bird is removed and placed in a soft cloth, drawstring bag.  Carried back to the "station," the bird is placed upside down in this small canister and weighed (deducting the weight of the can).  Weight and size determines the sex as females are a bit larger. 

Then the wing length chord is measured both when outstretched and folded.  All data is recorded including the Federal band number to be placed on the owl.

Now, it's "all lights out" as the final step is performed.  Shining a ultra violet light (like the one used on CSI at a crime scene) on the underside of the owl's wing reveals the most beautiful iridescent fluorescence!!  

The use of a UV light causes porphyrin pigments in the feathers of the Saw-Whet to fluoresce distinguishing multiple generations of flight feathers.  In other words, it determines the age of the owl.  

It was determined that the two Saw-Whets captured our first hour were females born this year.  

Weighing 87 grams (3 oz) and 102 grams (3.6 oz) respectively, when released they flew off into the dark.

just seeing, saying, and sharing...

Into The Dark

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