Quickie Update April


Howdy, friends and followers!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the sound bytes, photos, and re-posts since the last update. Now in the thick of spring migration, pretty much any spare time is spent outdoors watching for birdie passers-through. Just today, I watched as an unknown hawk — Swainson’s? White-tailed? — hover-hunted the ditch along a busy stretch of highway. I pulled off to watch, in awe, but without a camera or field lens, all I could do is cross my arms, lean on the hood, and enjoy the moment. Would have been great to get a photo, and given his proximity it would have been a head-and-shoulders shot for sure!

It’s the very best of living in my book, enjoying these moments as they happen.

With spring birding sprinkled in with life as Mother, Learning Coach, and Homemaker, I’m afraid there won’t be a whole lot of new posting action (aside from short ones like this) for the next few weeks until we come back inside. I will continue to re-post some old ones, because they’ll be new to most of you anyway.

In the meantime, welcome to DirtNKids, New Followers! With or without posts, these albums are always up-to-date at my SmugMug home:

2017 Baby Wrens — Video, photos…FUN! The baby bluebirds have already fledged, but you can watch life unfold on our back porch, very soon to end. They are going fledge within the next few days.

2017 Bird Sightings — we are currently at 217 Species … our highest count to date in April. In this photo album is a collection of our ‘tick-offs,’ most recently a Long-tailed Duck and Groove-billed Ani we could never have hoped see, much less capture with a photograph. Priceless.

Feel free to comment or email; the pocket computer keeps me engaged with you all. I’m enjoying your blogs when I can — on the go. Cheers!

~ Shannon @ DirtNKids Blog

Wild Pets Need Love Too

These two videos are examples of what happens when I ignore our “pets.”

We don’t have any pets, really.  In fact, we have a strict no-pets policy.  The indoor, manage-daily variety are simply too demanding and are just one more mouth to feed.   I have problems enough getting my kids to remember to brush their own teeth every day, much less taking care of something living.  No thanks.

We do occasionally feed the wild variety, but aside from the doe – which we think has given birth – randomness is the key to avoiding their dependence on us.  I throw out goodies every now-and-again.

Recently, I began putting out dried mealworms for our resident wren family of last year (there are six, oddly enough) so they’d quit eating up all the spiders on the back porch.  We have a real need for arachnids, anoles, and geckos to work overtime on mosquito patrol.   Apparently, I didn’t get to it fast enough for his liking.  He began loudly singing to me while I was at the kitchen bar working on yesterday’s blog post, breaking the closed-door sound barrier.  Alright, already.

Where’s my mealworms, woman?  Where’s my mealworms, woman?

As for squirrels, well, those guys are just plain crazy.  I’m not sure why this one decided to come in through the window.   Perhaps the deer feed in the back is all gone and he was trying to bring attention to that fact.  See?  Another mouth to feed.  I guess he’s lucky the hawks have long since moved on.

Hey, lady, if you’re too busy, I’ll just go get it myself…