Sunday, August 13, 2017

Learn the Lingo

How many times do you come across an acronym that you just can't figure out.  If you work for the government they have way too many and each agency has their own for the same letters, it is like you need a dictionary to look them all up.  Knitting also has their own lingo, so to keep up with your fellow knitters, her you go:

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

It's A Girl

Many thought D27 was a girl and sure enough she is.  They put a transmitter on her and now we can watch her. She was my fav this season, the crazy stuff she did like falling out of the nest, the refusal to fledge and her constat squeeeeeing for mom and dad to bring her food.  May you soar the thermals and soar high and may we watch your travels for a long time.

A bit from RRP on her catch and putting the transmitter on her.

Persistence Pays Off - a post by Brett Mandernack about the fitting of D27's transmitter.
It is early August and I have one satellite transmitter (or PTT) yet to deploy on a young eagle. Dave and Ann Lynch spent two solid weeks in late June/early July perfecting their craft of artful presentation of fish to the Decorah fledglings, yet the “kids” instead chose to food-beg loud and often and insist Mom or Dad bring them food at the nest. There was no evidence of any of the fledglings ever picking up a fish during that time. In previous years we’ve had multiple fledglings coming to the same spot – the mulch pile – for some easy meals, and usually within just a few days of watching and waiting for our talented trout tossers to appear.
When visitor attendance diminished at the hatchery in late July, all three fledglings were still being spotted with regularity by several of our sharp-eyed eagle watchers. Hatchery biologist Brian Malaise and I kept in touch often and he and his crew again put fish out in the same spot. Lo and behold, the female, D27, began showing interest and eventually took advantage of these easy meals each morning. One of the males was believed to have also helped himself to the free offerings.
We chose Monday, August 7 to attempt to capture whichever youngster decided to come to bait. My wife Carole, Eagle Valley Technician Ryan Schmitz, and I arrived at Willard Holthaus’s shop by 5:15 AM and quickly set the padam noose trap baited with three nice hatchery trout. Weather was perfect: 58 degrees, mostly clear sky, light wind. All equipment and supplies were laid out in the shop in anticipation of a successful capture. Then we watched and waited. A few adult calls were heard from near the nest tree by 6:05. Then at 6:15 an immature eagle appeared from the west just above treetop height. I speculated it was large enough to be female D27. She landed in the maple tree briefly, then headed toward the mulch pile, looped over that area, perhaps checking out what food might be there, then circled back and landed on the mulch pile. We had placed a small trout atop the mulch pile, which she decided looked like a great appetizer. She rather daintily ate the fish and began eying the three trout just two feet away. She walked inside the padam, grabbed a fish or two in a foot, and tugged at them a few times as we all watched intently. When I was convinced she had a noose around a toe or foot, I gave the call to “GO, GO” and Ryan and Brian sprinted ahead to secure her. She was captured at 6:18, hooded, and taken to the shop where she was weighed (9.48 #) and had several measurements taken. The composite of those measurements revealed she is a small female. The entire process of getting measurements, banding, and fitting of the PTT was fluid and seamless.
Within an hour of capture we were ready to release D27 and begin what is likely the final chapter of the Decorah eagle tracking story that began with our beloved D1 back in 2011. After placing her back on the mulch pile, she quickly oriented herself and flew north alongside the N1 Cottonwood tree to settle along Trout Creek.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

More Caterpillars

Today i was looking at my fennel in the whiskey barrel with some larkspur. Hey what is this? I have 2 large caterpillars munching away.  I read the adults munch on fennel and the caterpillars munch on the milkweed.  I have seen nothing on the milkweed but here are these 2 big boys, looking they are ready to cocoon soon. Maybe I will have some butterflies afterall.  On the bottom picture you need to look below the stalk that is pretty bare and there he is.  On the top picture look under the top spead of seeds.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Mrs Wilsons Knitting Circle

Today the lecture was about the silk thread embroidered post cards that were made during the war.  These postcards were either mailed or taken home.  They look like hankies cut and glued on post cards with the back available for a note to send home.  They are beautiful and so delicate in intricate.  I don't think I could do this kind of work.  Th colors of the different countries that were our allies are used in the decorations. There are several butterflies and they have the different flag colors in their design. 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bob Anderson

Has it been 2 year since Bob Anderson left us to soar with the thermals and those eagle gone to the great beyond.  In case you don't know who he is:  He was the man behind Raptor Resource Program who gave us the Decorah Eagles nest cams.  He also was big on getting the  Peregrine Falcons back into the numbers enough to keep them around for a long time.  He never seemed to sleep and even had a cam of the birds in his back yard. I am sure he is looking down  on the latest 3 and thinking all is good and knowing that he gave us a look into nature that we may never have had.  Thank you Bob for all you did to save these magnificent raptors that you loved so much. 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

RIP Sweet Julius

Since the watch of Tajari's impending birth and afterwards there have been many baby giraffe's born.  However Julius had difficulties from birth just a month ago. Every thing was tried to save him but alas nature sucks today and he is gone.  RIP Julius, we loved you for the short time you were with us.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Left is at it Again

I have two female cats.  One is named Bucky Crookshanks after Bucky Cat in the Get Fuzzy Cartoon and Crookshanks is the name of Hermione's cat in Harry Potter.  One is named Groucho Marx because she has the Groucho mustache.  Bucky is a long haired black cat with a bit of white.  Groucho is a tuxedo cat.

So I have probably misgendered them according to the article. No I did not ask them if they wanted to be spayed, they were the product of stray females who had litters and I did not want to deal with them going into heat and all that goes with that, knowing they were never going to have kittens.  I did not ask them what they wanted to be named either.  When I want them both to come with me to the basement if we have a bad storm, I often say come on girls and they come.  They don't look at me and say why do you call me girl.  They pee like a girl and their DNA is a girl, so therefore, they are girls.  I can't change that.  God make them girl kitties and I am not about to go against what He made.  Those of you who know me know my girls are my children and they are spoiled; but to think they get a say in what happens to them is not gonna happen.  They could care less.  As long as they have food, water, a clean litter box and a lap to sit on and toys to play with and they live inside 24/7 well they don't care. 

Like so much crap the left spews today this is another person who needs some serious help. No wonder the country is in  the mess we are today.  

Monday, July 03, 2017

Edible Eagles

Before PETA comes swooping in these are eagle cookies and they are just too cute. I would have a hard time eating them because of their cuteness.  I am sure if I tried to make them it would be a Pinterest fail, but they would be cute to make.

Edible Eagles

Friday, June 30, 2017

Bye Bye CFA

Those of you who know me know that I love me some Chick Fil A. I waited years to get one close to my house and now I live in between 2 of them.  But sadly they have caused me to re-think whether I eat there anymore.  First they got rid of the cole slaw and replaced it with a kale salad. Seriously who eats that crap?  We live in the midwest, we eat cole slaw, we don't eat kale, that stuff is nasty.  Now I see today you are getting rid of my Chicken Salad Sandwich, you have gone toooooo far now.  That is the only thing i eat there, the meal with the sandwich, waffle fries and lemonade.  Why do you need to do this, are you catering to some coastal peeps who don't like eating comfort food?  Do you think this will make your die-hard customers happy?  I can't even think about this because it is so wrong.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

I"m Not Leaving

The next morning D27 hopped around to a few branches and flew back to the nest.  She appears to not be leaving ever.  Maybe she figures as long as she stays mom or dad will bring her food and she will always be taken care of.  It does not work that way come time this Fall to start working on the nest for next Spring, she will be chased off.  In her own eagle time she will Fledge but until then we can watch her antics and squueeee for food.

She did fledge later this afternoon. Guess she decided her siblings were having too much fun and mom/dad told her to get packing.  So now the empty nest syndrome sets in until next February when we have a new batch of eggs.

Fly high and soar the thermals 26, 27, and 28. May you live a long eagle life.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Eagle OverBoard

This evening d27 was playing in the nest, practicing hovering and oops went overboard.  Those pesky crib rails are gone and there is not much to keep from going over the edge of the nest.  About 1:40 on the video you can see her go over.  Boots on the ground found her in the nest tree several feet below on a branch.  She is ok, but needs to get flying to get back to the nest.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2 Fledged, 1 To Go

D28 fledged this morning.  That leaves D27 left.  They say males fledge first, so is 27 a female?  Be safe D's and soar high. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

First Fledge and New Camera

It is that sad time of year when the eagles are beginning to branch, hover and actually fledge.  D26 fledged today. Congratulations.  Also there is a new camera at the hatchery that we can watch them fish and learn more life lessons.  It is almost time to say goodbye to D26,27,28 and wish them safe soaring and riding the thermals.  We will miss you.

BTW Taj turned 2 months old yesterday.

Saturday, June 10, 2017


Today is World Wide Knit in Public Day.  Besides knitting at the WW1 museum for Mrs Wilson's Knitting Circle the Fiber Follies knit group at the Irish Center had Reuben sandwiches with horseradish (boy were they yummy) and knit at Browne's Irish Market. We now have a sign and embroidered shirts to take when we go somewhere as a group.  It was a fun day knitting with friends.  I hope you knit somewhere in public today.

Mrs Wilson's Knitting Circle

Our lecture today was all about the jobs women had in WW1 from phone operator to nurses and doctors to the donut girls to working in the munitions plant to just about anything.
The women who worked in the munitions plant did have gloves to wear and there was no OSHA to protect them.  Because they used sulphur in the ammunition their hands turned yellow and when the children were born the babies were yellow, hence the canary babies.  Some of them made up to 12 pounds a week and many thought it was terrible a woman would make that much money. 
Many of the women went to work and left the oldest child in charge to mind the little children.  The women would work all day and then stand in line for food and gas that was rationed.  They then went home to prepare the food and take care of the children and the house because their husband was off to war.  With my allergy to sulphur I could not work in the munitions plant but I think i would have loved to be a donut girl. 
Women were thought to be the weaker sex and therefore needed to be protected, but yet they basically worked themselves to death working a job and taking care of the kids and house.  Definitely not a weaker sex.
Some of the women had pekinese dogs.  They used to groom them 3 times a day and weave the fur into the wool the soldiers wore.  When the men had sores the wool was too scratchy so the dog fur helped make it softer for them to wear.
Knitting was also a big part of what women did to make clothing items for the soldiers.  Even though women were thought to the weaker sex they played many a big role in helping out with the war.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

50 Days Already

Has it been 50 days since Tajari was born already?  This is a great article and what a cutie he is.  He is already 6'6" tall and getting taller by the minute. I love it when he skips around, he is just so stinking cute.

Monday, May 22, 2017

I Am No Longer Safe Even In My Own Home

As we progress into 2017, I want to thank you all for your educational Facebook posts over the past year. I am totally screwed up now and have little chance of recovery.
I can no longer open a bathroom door without using a paper towel, nor let the waitress put lemon slices in my ice water without worrying about the bacteria on the lemon peel.
I can't sit down on a hotel bedspread because I can only imagine what has happened on it since it was last washed.
I have trouble shaking hands with someone who has been driving because the number one pastime while driving alone is picking one's nose.
Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip because I can only imagine how many gallons of trans fats I have consumed over the years.
I can't touch any woman's handbag for fear she has placed it on the floor of a public toilet.
I must send my special thanks for the email about rat poo in the glue on envelopes because I now have to use a wet sponge with every envelope that needs sealing.
ALSO,now I have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.
I can't have a drink in a bar because I fear I'll wake up in a bathtub full of ice with my kidneys gone.
I can't eat at KFC because their chickens are actually horrible mutant freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers.
I can't use cancer-causing deodorants even though I smell like a water buffalo on a hot day.
Thanks to you, I have learned that my prayers only get answered if I forward an e-mail to seven of my friends and make a wish within five minutes.
Because of your concern, I no longer drink Coca Cola because it can remove toilet stains.
I no longer buy fuel without taking someone along to watch the car, so a serial killer doesn't crawl in my back seat when I'm filling up.
I no longer use Cling Wrap in the microwave because it causes seven different types of cancer.
And thanks for letting me know I can't boil a cup of water in the microwave anymore because it will blow-up in my face, disfiguring me for life.
I no longer go to the cinema because I could be pricked with a needle infected with AIDS when I sit down.
I no longer go to shopping centers because someone will drug me with a perfume sample and rob me..
I no longer answer the phone because someone will ask me to dial a number for which I will get a huge phone bill with calls to Jamaica, Uganda, Singapore and Uzbekistan.
Thanks to you I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big black snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it bites my butt.
And thanks to your great advice I can't ever pick up a dime coin dropped in the car park because it was probably placed there by a sex molester waiting to grab me as I bend over.
I can't do any gardening because I'm afraid I'll get bitten by the Violin Spider and my hand will fall off.
If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70 minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back, causing you to grow a hairy hump.
I know this will occur because it actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor’s ex mother-in-law's second husband's cousin's best friend's beautician!
Oh, and by the way...
A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read Facebook posts with their hand on the mouse.
Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.
P. S. I now keep my toothbrush in the living room, because I was told by a Facebook post that water splashes over 6 ft. out of the toilet.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Reviving the Gym Clothes

When I was in Junior High we had these gym clothes, they were bright blue and one piece.  They were a bitch to iron as they were cotton and one piece. If you had to pee you better get a head start trying to get out of that thing before you already went. Now men are getting into the gym clothes of yesteryear.  Really who thinks these are attractive.  What man would be caught dead wearing these?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Camp Loopy June

It is time for Camp Loopy again.  This summer we are experiencing dinosaurs.  When I was a kid I had several blue and purple plastic dinosaurs that were several inches tall.  I loved them.  So I am using a potholder pattern and expanding it to a rug in lemon yellow for my main bathroom upstairs.  Go to the Loopy Ewe blog and check out Camp Loopy and join in.  It is a lot of fun.  You get put in a group to share your virtual camp with your group and get lots of great patterns to make in the future.

Saturday, May 13, 2017


The hostas are having a great Spring.  The one is out of control.  This fall I may to take the day lily out and put it some place else and the small hosta on the other side of the monster may need moving as well.  I have one out front but the rest are in this one bed.  One thing about hostas is the weeding is pretty non-existent.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Crazy Kitty

There is a long hair tortoise shell colored cat that lives across the street. I think she is a little bit crazy but she is a sweet cat.  She lets me pet her and I tell her not to eat my birds.  This morning she was sitting in the flower bed where my lizards live. I told her no lizards.  A few hours later I saw her playing with something in the yard, so I ran out and she caught a mole.  I praised her and she is back sitting watch again.  I guess she can stay now that she has earned her keep.  I also noticed my wild strawberries are turning red. I don't eat them but leave them for the birds.


Since this post is about birds I had my first hummingbird this morning.  Let the season begin.

The eagles are growing faster than we can keep track. The past couple this one probably D26 has been self feeding, does not seem like he should be doing that yet, but he is.  Not sure what is going on with my PC, google is all messed up this morning.  So twist your head until I can figure out how to rotate.

The tail feathers coming in look like darts.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Decorah Eagles

I can't believe how big 26, 27, and 28 are now.  The color has sure changed and you can see the color difference 4 days makes.  In a month we will be holding our breath as they flap their wings, get a little hover going and start up the skywalk preparing to fledge.


Dad, can you come play with me?

Mom she is not one of us.  Alyssa and April having a quiet moment.

Can he get any cuter?

Mom, she does not smell like you?  Can I like her?

It is Almost Cocoon Time

The big boys have found the new milkweed and have really grown in the past couple days.  It is almost time for these 3 to cocoon and then I will  have butterflies and start the cycle all over again.  So exciting to watch nature in my own flower bed. (If you click on the pictures you can see them better.  The top picture has 2 and the bottom picture has one.)

Friday, May 05, 2017

Cool Temps and Plenty of Rain

I love pansies and violas or johnny jump-ups.  However our summers here are not good for them.  Right now the temps and rain is good and they are showing all their glory.  I may move the violas out to the shade part of the yard to see if they will survive the summer although they may still wither with the temps we often get. So for now I will enjoy their beauty.

Quit Eating So Much

The caterpillars have devoured the first plant and have found the 2nd one.  Since they are small ones and they are eating through them in less than 2 weeks, I went in search of some more.  I got 3 big plants that have buds to bloom and got some fennel for the butterflies.  I asked the lady about why at certain times of the day they appear to be gone she said they eat when it is cool, that makes sense, so when I got out at various times they may be hiding in the shade so they don't get too hot.  New plants are in the ground waiting for new caterpillars.


Monday, May 01, 2017


Yesterday I introduced my neighbor kids to the monarchs I am growing.  I explained all about them.  There were quite a few on the milkweed.  It got quite cold last night, low 40's. This morning I went out and many of them are gone, did not see them on the ground and they weren't that big.  The ones hanging on appear to be dead, did they get too cold?  So I don't know what has happened but I will continue to watch them and hope maybe they are just in a coma.  I don't think they are big enough to start the cocoon process but then I don't really know much about them.

I found a great article on growing your own.  I know I need to find some more milkweed plants and get them going so that every year i can grow my own monarchs.


The baby boy giraffe received his name this morning.  It means hope.  If you have followed the birth of Tajiri you know the giraffe population is dwindling.  Here is hope that Tajiri along with Oliver and other bulls can keep the giraffe population growing.  This youtube is from April 23rd but he is so stinking cute.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I'm Growing Monarchs

Today I went out to look at some of my plants and look what I found.  I have about 4 milkweed plants that grow wild, and today I am growing Monarchs. I saw a Monarch butterfly a couple weeks ago and she must have been looking for a place to lay her eggs and she picked my yard.  I can't wait to see if I actually get butterflies from these caterpillars.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

April and The Nest Cup

I love it when April lays down and puts her head on her belly.  She looks like the eagles when they tuck their head in their wing.  The camera goes down on the giraffes tomorrow at 4:30pm Eastern time. I will miss watching them and seeing the baby grow.

Mom has been working on a new nest cup as the first one is now too small to hold the growing babies.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

That's a Lot of Grass

Not sure what mom is doing, building a grass hut maybe.  But today there has been a lot of grass brought in.  Who are these babies and what did they do with the little dandelion heads?  Every time I look in they are eating.  But dad is a good provider and there is always some kind of meat to feed them with. Good thing they live by the hatchery.  Trout or sucker or squirrel or rabbit or bird or a pig last week.  Got to have their bacon.

Spring Flowers

It is that time of year where the Spring flowers are in bloom and oh so pretty.  I have all purple irises, i need to get some of other colors.  I planted the little colorful flowers to get them started and to the left is one aster left from last year that has buds.  My pansies and violas are in full bloom and won't last much longer as they are not hot weather flowers.  I have marigolds coming up from last year and will get my seeds going next week to get some color in the beds soon.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Is That All Mine?

The nest cup is pretty much gone, no longer fit in your hand, and their wings are flapping, ready to see what is out there for them.  They are starting to wobble on their legs and move further away from the parents.  There will be plenty of viewing their world from the crib rails, the poop shots will be going over the crib rails and there will be gasps when we think they get too close.  What happened to those little dandelion heads that were oh so small.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Baby Giraffe

This afternoon the baby has been trying not to wobble while learning to use those long legs.  It was skipping around awhile ago, so cute.  This is nose to nose with dad.  I don't know if it is a boy or girl but it is so cute.

The Baby is Here

This morning I get up and check on the eagles.  All is well.  Then I check on April and what is that?  OMG there are hooves popping out.  So about 3 hours later the baby is here and so cute.