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March 1, 2018

This one made me LOL!

When they were trying to bring Puffins back to islands on the US east coast, they decided to do so with dummies. Puffins are very social and, as a result, would want to land on islands that already have puffins. The dummies looked real from a distance, but were seriously lacking up close, held up by a single peg. Puffins, being social and wanting to fit it, followed suit
February 20, 2018

An idea for those of us who are getting older

Sent to me by my sister:

Medicare Part G
If you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and need Long-Term Care, but the government says there is no Nursing Home care available for you, what do you do?
You may opt for Medicare Part G.
The plan gives anyone 75 or older a gun (Part G) and one bullet. You may then shoot one worthless politician. This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where you will receive three meals a day, a roof over your head, central heating and air conditioning, cable TV, a library, and all the health care you need. Need new teeth? No problem. Need glasses? That’s great. Need a hearing aid, new hip, knees, kidney, lungs, sex change, or heart? They are all covered!
As an added bonus, your kids can come and visit you at least as often as they do now!
And, who will be paying for all of this? The same government that just told you they can't afford for you to go into a nursing home.
And you will get rid of a useless politician while you are at it.
And now, because you are a prisoner, you don't have to pay any more income taxes!
Is this a great country or what?
Now that you have solved your senior Long-Term Care problem, enjoy the rest of your week!

February 20, 2018

THREE Randy Rainbow songs!

February 19, 2018

LOTS of pics from visit to Circle B Bar Reserve

Just south of Lakeland, Florida.

Barred Owls


Little Green Heron

Snowy Egret

Soft Shelled Turtle

Nesting Sandhill Crane



Great Blue Heron eating Giant Siren Salamander

February 18, 2018

Paraprosdokians for today

Paraprosdokians are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected and is frequently humorous. (Winston Churchill loved them).

1. Where there's a will, I want to be in it.

2. The last thing I want to do is hurt you ...but it's still on my list.

3. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

4. If I agreed with you, we'd both be wrong.

5. We never really grow up -- we only learn how to act in public.

6. War does not determine who is right, only who is left.

7. Knowledge is knowing a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.

8. To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism. To steal from many is research.

9. I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.

10. In filling out an application, where it says, "In case of emergency, notify.." I answered "a doctor."

11. Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut, and still think they are sexy.

12. You do not need a parachute to skydive. You only need a parachute to skydive twice.

13. I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.

14. To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target.

15. Going to church doesn't make you a Christian, any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

16. You're never too old to learn something stupid.

17. I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

February 15, 2018

Now with link to images - trip that included some wonderful birding!

Photos at: Circle B Bar Reserve And Bartow, Florida

It was just a quick trip to Central Florida to visit my Mom. Since Mom has little endurance these days, we always do other activities while in this area. This week we returned to a favorite place, the Circle B Bar Reserve just south of Lakeland.

The first thing we learned on arrival, announced by loud squawks and honks, was that right now there are many limpkins ready to mate. Apparently limpkins have been increasing in numbers now that they have learned to eat the invasive apple snail. And a LOT of them love the marshy habitats at Circle B Bar Reserve for breeding.

Before we got to the limpkins, though, we joined a small crowd watching a pair of barred owls who were hanging out right next to the main parking and picnic area. They were hanging out on an oak tree branch, under the fronds of a sable palm.

As we headed down the Heron Hideout Trail which goes between two marshy areas, we saw, a baby alligator, a few roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets, glossy and white ibis, little green herons, little blue herons, tricolor herons, black vultures, anhingas, moorhens (also in breeding mode), and of course the limpkins. Farther down the trail were a group of three ducks. Most people thought it was a mama duck with two ducklings, but when I reviewed my photos I identified the larger duck as a female black-bellied whistling duck and the two smaller ducks as a pair (male and female) blue wing teal ducks.

Around the corner on Marsh Rabbit Trail, I stopped to watch a limpkin looking for snails, then my brother in law realized that the object near it was a very, very large soft shelled turtle. Farther along was a Eastern phoebe who posed nicely for some photos, a little green heron less than ten feet from me who totally ignored me taking his portrait, and the largest cooter turtle I have ever seen. Twenty to thirty feet off the trail was a sandhill crane sitting on her nest - apparently just before I got there she had turned her eggs and other birders thought she had three eggs in her nest!

At one point there is a viewing blind out over the water. From that point we could see a large (maybe eight feet long) alligator sunning itself on the end of a bit of land. From the other side of the blind, Humpy, the most famous of the Circle B Bar gators, came cruising up. Humpy is estimated to be 13-15 feet long and has an unusual humped back so he is very distinctive. January 15 he was seen walking across one of the reserve roads, amazing the hikers who were close to him (for video see my post: https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181044662). Humpy sailed over and hung out in the water next to where the other gator was sitting.

When I walked down the ramp from the blind, I saw the most amazing thing of the day - a great blue heron had caught something and was trying to swallow it. It was probably a giant siren salamander and had to be at least three feet tall. It took the heron a long time to kill the thing thoroughly enough to swallow it -the heron tried more than once and then would beat on it some more before trying again. I got a great sequence of photos of the entire thing and will be sending copies to confirm what it was that the heron caught.

On the way back along that trail (it goes in a big loop, but I was too tired to make the entire length) the hardest bird to see in Florida - a snipe - was sitting just off the trail. Unusually he was in thin weeds in the full sun. I got some good shots of him, too.

While taking a rest break, I got to watch two limpkins fight over a nesting site, while having a great blue heron stroll along the road thirty feet away, a limpkin cross the trail intersection a little farther along, and a white ibis come ten feet away to change march areas. The birds in the reserve have little fear of humans and are used to crowds walking around their territory!

My final cool sighting at the reserve was a wood stock hanging out on the branch of a tree. Some boat tail grackles were hassling him and he kept spreading him wings to intimidate them.

This morning we were driving around Bartow (my hometown), just south of Lakeland, and we passed one of the lakes. There were hundreds of male black-belled whistling ducks around this small lake. They were roosting in trees, standing on roofs and on the fences of some of the houses around the lake, but most were just sitting around the shore of the lake. As with many Florida lakes there are Muscovy ducks and some white crested ducks that have been released. In addition, the lake was hosting white pelicans, anhingas, a great blue heron, a woodstork, some black vultures, and a single fulvous whistling duck.

And to improve on a great couple of days of birding, right outside our hotel window was a nest platform with a pair of ospreys getting their nest ready for breeding season!

February 11, 2018

Thanks for all the hearts!

Leaving for a few days - going down to visit my 96 year old Mom.

While I am gone I might visit this place - but the wildlife has me worried.

February 8, 2018

Frantic Peterhead farmer Bruce Grubb and gun cops cower from tiger for an hour

Frantic Peterhead farmer Bruce Grubb and gun cops cower from tiger for an hour — only to discover it is a cuddly toy
Bruce had invited pals round for a housewarming after moving into the farm three weeks ago when the drama unfolded

By Stuart Patterson
5th February 2018, 10:57 pm
Updated: 6th February 2018, 9:41 am

Worried Bruce Grubb, 24, who reported the fearsome big cat lurking on his farm near Peterhead, said: “I got the fright of my life.”

He called in armed officers when he spotted the striped creature crouched on a ramp in the animals’ barn.

When police arrived, they stayed safely inside their vehicles during a tense hour-long stand-off as they tried to work out how best to tackle the beast.

But Bruce began to grow suspicious when the ‘tiger’ didn’t move.

More: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/2191615/peterhead-farmer-bruce-grubb-tiger-police-cuddly-toy-stand-off/

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