JUST PLOWING THROUGH SOME WATER & MUD AT THE HULLETT MARSH THIS MORNING…PHEEB’S IS GETTING TO BE QUITE A LITTLE SWAMP HOG
Cold clear night & the weather department issued frost warnings. Never saw any evidence of that this morning but it sure was cool out when Pheebs & I headed off for a short drive & walk in the Hullett Marsh. Advantage of cooler air is we didn't encounter any bugs despite hiking through some very swampy areas.
COULD THIS BE A YELLOW WARBLER
A SWAMP GRACKLE
Exiting the Jeep at a gravel parking area near a trail head I immediately heard a couple Killdeer making a big fuss & knew right away we must have pulled in very close to their nest. I watched as one of the Killdeer tried to draw us away from the area with the old 'broken wing' trick. I knew about that trick so I took the opportunity to grab a few photos of the Killdeer striking not only a defensive posture but an aggressive posture as well. We didn't linger & quickly moved off leaving the Mother Killdeer to return to her nest in the nearby gravel somewhere.
THE KILLDEER BEGINS DOING IT’S ‘BROKEN WING’ ROUTINE TRYING TO DIVERT MY ATTENTION AWAY FROM IT’S NEST
WHEN I DIDN’T FOLLOW HER SHE COMES TROTTING BACK TO ASK ME WHY
KEEPING A WARY EYE ON ME
KEEP IN MIND I AM USING A 300mm TELEPHOTO LENS HERE SO I AM PHYSICALLY NOT AS CLOSE TO THE KILLDEER AS IT LOOKS
I TOOK A FEW STEPS FORWARD & MAMA KILLDEER SPRANG INTO AGGRESSIVE ATTACK MODE & I QUICKLY TURNED & WALK AWAY
TOTAL ENCOUNTER LASTED ABOUT 30 SECONDS
Pheebe seems to be getting a little braver around water & didn't hesitate splashing across some shallow channels. Almost up to her belly in one muddy section so I had to walk her along the top of a grassy berm in an attempt to dry her fur out & flake the mud off. Reaching the car I still had to dry off her legs & paws with an old towel. That done, we were ready to go & Libby’s interior remained unscathed.
WALKED THE PHEEBS THROUGH THE GRASS ALONG THIS BERM BESIDE ONE OF HULLETT’S PONDS
TINY VIOLETS ALONG THE TRAIL
Pheebs & I were home again about 10:30 & I continued on with some of the yard work projects I had started the day before. So nice to have this cooler sunny weather which is totally perfect for working around outside. No sweaty stuff.
I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS LITTLE SHORE BIRD IS
For any RV’ers in our area this week-end keep in mind Ron from Four Seasons Performance is having his annual big RV miscellaneous parts garage sale. Summer Clear-out - tow bars, brake buddy, hitches, receivers, hydro cords, tons of stuff – CHEAP…..Blue Ox, Demco, etc. Be there or be square:)) And by the way, you won’t meet a friendlier or helpful guy than Ron his very self.
We had received an email Wednesday morning about our Jeep Wrangler from a fella in Sarnia Ontario. Sounded very interested so Wednesday night he & his wife plus their Son drove up to have a look at it. The Son already owns 2 Jeeps but it was his Dad who was wanting a Jeep for himself. They saw right away our Jeep was in good shape so Father & Son took it for a drive & that sealed the deal. We reached an agreement on the price & that was that. They will be back Monday to pick it up. Sad to see Jeepers go of course but happy to finally have the Jeep sale behind us. Now, on to our next big decision……..
GROANER'S CORNER:(( An effusive client brought a litter of golden-retriever puppies to my veterinary clinic for inoculations and worming. She loved them so much, she couldn't keep from remarking about their cute habits. As the look-alike pups squirmed over and under one another in their box, I realized it would be difficult to tell the treated ones from the rest. I turned on the water faucet, wet my fingers, and moistened each dog's head when I had finished. After the fourth puppy, I noticed my hitherto talkative client had grown silent. As I sprinkled the last pup's head, the woman leaned forward and whispered, "I never realized they had to be baptized."
A veterinarian was feeling ill and went to see his doctor. The doctor asked him all the usual questions, about symptoms, how long had they been occurring, etc., when the veterinarian interrupted him, saying, "Hey look, I'm a vet - I don't need to ask my patients these kind of questions. I can tell what's wrong just by looking. Why can't you?" The doctor nodded, looked him up and down, wrote out a prescription, and handed it to him and said, "There you are. Of course, if that doesn't work, we'll have to have you put down."
Hahahahaha!...I LOVE that Pheebs has become a "swamper"...She had finally found the fun in getting wet and dirty...However, this could be a problem trying to keep the wet, muddy dog prints from the Jeep, house and Motor home!! I love her spirit..a great dog!ReplyDelete
With hind sight is it possible that as a young pup before meeting you and Kelly someone had tried to force her into water and it scared her? Now that she is allowed to wander at her own pace and being given the love and care you both give her she is feeling confident to let her natural instincts kick in.ReplyDelete
Kathy and I are both rooting for Pheebs.
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
Great pictures of the Killdeer! Fierce little birds they are.ReplyDelete
I was very intrigued with that killdear bird....wonder if we have them in Oz? Will ask Prof.google...and your pics were spectacular as per.....lesalp.blogspot.com.au. ....ReplyDelete
I can't remember, did you get a soft top for the Wrangler? I don't recall seeing it in a picture.ReplyDelete
Enjoyed the Killdear story and pics.ReplyDelete
Nice that Jeepers is sold, now to the next decision? hmmmm, good luck.ReplyDelete
Emmi was also a non-water dog until this past winter season at North Ranch--she chased a stick into the little bit of Hassayampa River that was running near Wickenburg--now she is a water dog. Not so sure that's a good thing with the mess it creates!ReplyDelete
Love the Kildeer. Guess Tessa is the final holdout. We will see how she likes the creek next month.ReplyDelete
I think your yellow bird is a Prothonotary Warbler, and that may be a spotted sandpiper. Good you got your jeep sold!ReplyDelete
What a wonderful place you have to walk with Pheebs. I think of you and other dog owners when we are walking in the National Parks. No dogs allowed on most trails. I loved having dogs, and would always walk them off leash if I could. No dogs allowed is one of the reasons we are petless for now.ReplyDelete
I wish our puppy (well she is 12 years old) liked water. Lovely Killdeer photos today. Wanted to let you know about a problem I am having with the site. When I click on one of the other blogs, and go to it on another ta; your site will end up moving to EducationalGardens while I am on the other site. This is not happening on any other site I go on just thebayfieldbunch definitely strange.ReplyDelete