Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Now showing in my part of the world...

Out at the strip pits I go to as often as I can, we saw these two whooping cranes....

Last week Mary at Faith, Fabric, and Photos went to Goose Pond which is south of me...probably just a little be farther east then me, and she came back with photos of some Whooping Cranes she shows HERE. When I heard about her trip, I immediately wanted to go out to the strip pits near here...just in case. I didn't really think there would be any there, but much to my surprise there were these two....

According to Cornell's All about Birds, the population of whooping cranes in 1987 was 100....about 250 in 1995 and in 2004 the population had reached 468.....only part of those were in the wild. You can read more about them here....

On the bird in front, I could definitely see something green when I looked through Roger's spotting scope...not thinking to look it up I told Mary and she told me they are radio transmitters used to track them.
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It is staying bitter cold here. I have my doubts of the temps even reaching 20ยบ F today...the only thing I have done is let the cats in and out a time or two. Even they are mostly just laying around, taking it easy, and sleeping away the hours.

Bubbie was up this morn and wanting to start something with the other cats; he gets bored. He is also so rough, no one likes to play with him. Of the three cats, he needs the most attention, likes to play the most, and is probably into more stuff in general. Anyway, after a short stay outside, he calmed down and welcomed a nice nap in front of the TV.

I can laugh till I cry sometimes thinking about these cats and things they and the dogs have done. When my older daughter was going to college, she worked full time here in town at a Mini-Mart. She came home to eat a quick bite about 7:30. Her dog, Shelby, always had food available. But when did she eat...she would wait till my daughter was sitting down to eat. She would get a big mouthful of food, come and drop at her feet, and then CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH!!! CRUNCH, CRUNCH, CRUNCH! Which in turn got on her and my nerves both...because we were usually taking that opportunity to talk a few minutes.

After that, fast forward a few years and she is out of college, has been out on her own for a while, moved back home for a short while. In that time I had acquired two of these cats from her, and when she came back home, she brought their mom and brother. This time around she has a good job, and has to really be awake and aware of what is going on around her.

Every other night or so, soon as she went to bed, two of the kitties would go in the kitchen which is right off her bedroom. They would proceed to start some sort of game which involved the cabinet doors. This time it was rattle, rattle, rattle. Rattle, Rattle, Rattle! Sometimes it would just be one reaching and pulling a door with their paw; other times one would manage to open the door enough to get inside, then they would play with each other through the door. They would have did this right on if I did not go set something in front of the doors till they could not reach them.

And I cannot tell how Puss Puss does Roger...you would have to hear and see him tell how she comes when he is sleeping and gets right in his face and her little whiskers tickling him so bad. It is just so funny...she does not do me that way. But then, Cougar does not bother him...and Bubbie has no mercy on either one of us. He used to never jump onto the bed itself...he jumped up there but it was always to land on my back or side...now he actually jumps on the bed part of the time so that is a big improvement.

There's other stories but I will save them for another day...

11 comments:

George said...

Congratulations on seeing the Whooping Cranes.
It's amazing what some of our pets will do to keep us 'entertained'. It sounds as if you have some real characters at your house.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

I saw Mary's post showing the Whooping Cranes... NOW--you have seen them also. Congrats... That's awesome. My Texas son sent me pictures of some Sandhill Cranes he just saw... He was so excited.

Love hearing your kitty stories. Wonder what we'd all do without our pets all through the years.
Hugs,
Betsy

Carletta said...

I see you have snow too! It's lovely! The cranes are a great capture. I feel too cold to get out to take pics of anything. Glad you took the chance. It paid off.
I really love the photo in your previous post - really says country to me and reminds me of childhood. :)

Neal said...

I'm not sure I've ever seen whooping cranes. Probably have and just don't remember. :)

Judy said...

I can't say that I've ever seen a whooping crane before. Are they standing on one leg? It looks like one is and one isn't.

Judy said...

p.s.
I love your banner...Did you just change it?

EG Wow said...

I've never seen whooping cranes. How very cool!

Your cats have such personalities. :))

don said...

I'm glad the whooping cranes were there when you arrived to get their picture. Your account of the kittens with daughter and Roger makes very interesting reading. Have a great day!

Gill - That British Woman said...

I too have never seen a whooping crane they look really tall? Pets are a blessing, sometimes annoying but a blessing all the same.

Gill in Canada

Jacob said...

Whooping cranes...I'm not sure if I've ever seen one. Amazing shot.

Mary said...

I love your whooping crane shot! So much closer then mine. They are amazing looking birds. I would love to see them again. My sweet little Hopey cat always puts us to bed. Now that she is older she pulls herself up onto the bed using my quilt to climb. If it was any cat but Hopey, I would probably discourage them from snagging my quilt! She is very light...doesn't eat much.

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