Friday, May 12, 2006

Down but not out

Three or four years ago a wind storm blew over our cherry tree. Well, actually, it didn’t completely blow over, but broke over. We attended a class on wildlife habitats and a tree broke over in this manor is considered excellent cover so we decided to leave the tree.

To our surprise, it flourished. The part that is lying on the ground sprouted limbs and it now resembles a bush. We pick more cherries now than before because we are able reach all parts—even the top. This year it is once again loaded with green cherries. I think it will be a good year.

The original tree was grafted. When it blew over; the damage to the trunk enabled the base to which the cherry tree was grafted to grow. This is what you see on the right side of the tree. Tonight we cut that part of the tree out. I am not sure why we didn’t do it before; it has never produced cherries

As a side note, after I looked at the pictures I took of the tree tonight, I realized how much poison ivy is growing under it. I think we’ll get the sprayer out tomorrow.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

This n That

This evening I decided I am tired of the entire feral hog issue. I consolidated all my posts into one link and placed it on the left under Kansas Archives. When I read my first post about the valley pests, I had written, “This will be interesting.” Little did I know. (FYI: we can hunt on our own land--will let you all know the date of the roast)

I received an email from Cedar Lake Lodge today. They requested pictures or testimonials to update their web site. I went back to look at pictures taken during our stay last August (click on butterfly at left and Canada). I asked Dan at supper if he had given any thought to fishing in Canada again this year. Our discussion brought back wonderful memories. We are going to South Carolina in June to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary with friends who were married the same month. That would be two big trips in one year—but it is our 40th year. Hmmm, have to give this some thought….

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Tuesday Turtle Tally

Snapping 1 (see note below)
These guys can get very big & I see them hit on the road regularly.
Linda's late night note: Chip emailed suggesting to search Painted turtle and sure enough, that is exactly what this is. If you want some thing truly scary, check out snapping turtle! Also, as a added note, Dan & I had to run to Lawrence tonight and saw five or six of these sunning on a log in the lake.

Box 7
It must have been a combination of the rain last night and a warmer day but the box turtles were on the move. Can you imagine how scary to be a little turtle on the road and look up to see a huge vehicle headed dead on? No wonder they retreat into their shell. I don't know when I've seen one run over so, thankfully, people are kind. Once in a while one is on its back. That requires a quick stop and rescue.

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Dan spotted this male Rose-breasted Grosbeak at our feeder yesterday. I tried to get closer for a better picture, but he left and did not return, while we were watching anyway. Check here for a better picture. Also, here is a sample of their song which from all accounts, they delight in singing. Dan is a better birder than I and he did not think he had seen one here before.

In an effort to educate myself on the Grosbeak, I happen on the enature site which is sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation. It was fascinating. I was able to sign up to a birder list where I can list birds I have seen and make notes.

Picture by Linda