Bird Jokes

Between rains

“Did you hear about the Cormorant who was picking at beak boogers with a claw on his foot? He ‘clawboogered’ himself!”

“Bahahahahaha!”

“Wait a minute. That’s not funny!”

“Okay already! Quit looking at me like that. It was just a stupid joke!”

See no fishies. Hear no fishies. Eat no fishies.

Mermaid

Mermaid was happy after we finally got a decent rain last night.

We had a thunderstorm that started yesterday afternoon and rained late into the night producing 0.54 inches (1.4 cm) of rain. A happy Mermaid put on several blooms this morning.

Glenda on the deck, listening to the rain.

Morning clouds after the storm at sunrise.

Can you see Marina’s “Incognito” Pear Tree?

Moon And Darkness

Dawn

Last night’s clouds. Do you see a face?

The moon finally made it through the clouds last night.

Last night’s moon at 92.4% full.

Paul is on the left and Peter is on the center-right.

We got out to the owls later than normal last night. At first, we could only find Peter and Paul. Mary finally showed up when it was too dark to focus. She’s in the last two photos with Peter.

The fading colors of dusk from last night.

Tonight’s moon finally rose above the clouds.

Tonight’s moon at 97.6% full.

Sunset tonight with rain that evaporates before it hits the ground.

Owlets Banking

After totally clear skies all day yesterday, a few clouds gathered at dusk for the painter to paint.

Peter with a moon halo last night.

I walked outside to photograph the moon and got clouds covering the moon. Maybe it will clear up later so I can get the moon.

The owlets were banking on the top of the levee and down on the bank along the clearwater ditch last night. Paul flew up into a tree on the other side of the Clearwater ditch and Mama Owl brought him something to eat and then flew off to go back to Wowlmart as quickly as she flew in. When it was almost dark Mama Owl came back with either a bat or a mouse. She perched close to me just long enough for me to get a photo of her, then she took off at warp speed.

Let Them Eat Snake

Clear and hot today. 103ºF (39.4ºC), not a cloud in the sky.

Peter, Paul, and Mary together at dusk.

Like typical teenagers, PP&M are easily distracted. It took a lot of effort to get all three to look at the camera.

Paul seems to be acting like he’s feeding Mary while Peter looks at other things.

All three in a tangle of branches. Paul moved down to a lower branch, and Peter flew over to the other side of the Tangle Heart Tree.

Daddy Owl showed up with a snake, perched on a branch below Peter, and started doing his “I’m back from Wowlmart, honey!” hoot for Mama Owl to come and take the snake. While he was waiting for form Mama, he was messing with the snake that started out wrapped around Daddy Owl’s leg.

Mama Owl landed on the Tangle Heart Tree with something in her beak. Daddy Owl flew over to the Tangle Heart Tree and land with the snake dangling from his beak. Before Mama Owl could hop up to where Daddy Owl was and make the exchange, Peter flew over to Daddy Owl to get the snake.

A lot of flapping of wings and gnashing of beaks took place before Peter secured the snake in his beak.

Mama Owl started up toward Peter, and Daddy flew back to Wowlmart. Mama seemed like she was trying to get Peter to take her morsel, but Peter was saying “But Mama! Can’t you see I have a snake?” Mama finally flew off and left Peter to eat his snake.

Mama flew over to a tree she often perches on by our gate to the ditch and watched the lingering colors fade away.

Sunset colors and the moon in the Tangle Heart Tree last night.

The moon at 84.8%