Friday, February 23, 2018

Beach Deer

Down the street from my house is a beach and since we have lots of woods too, there are plenty of deer. Well, just like you and me, the deer like to visit the beach too! I have never seen deer at the beach, but have found many footprints. It would be so cool to actually see them. I bet they are beautiful!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Another Visitor

Here's another little visitor, a red fox, that I haven't seen this close. It's hard to tell from the picture because I took it through my living room window and it was dark outside, but it's a red fox. I was surprised at how big it was. I was thankful though that he looked very healthy. We've had a huge problem with sarcoptic mange in our neighborhood and sadly, our county is doing nothing to help us take care of this easily curable disease. I've written to our DNR and they tell me to just let nature take it's course which is terrible to watch these animals suffer and mange is very contagious. So I was glad to see that this little fellow looked nice and healthy. I live on a peninsula and our county has decided that our peninsula is the perfect place to develop. Sadly, the increase of development of going to push many of these creatures out of their homes and into neighborhoods and streets where they will be in danger of getting hit. It saddens me that we care so much about new, expensive homes and so little about the critters whose homes we are taking.

Winter Birds

I haven't posted in a while. Winter can be rather uneventful since most critters are hibernating and life is kinda lonely outside. Recently I've been watching the bird swarms which have started to pick up. I'm not sure why they do it and, up until now, I didn't know what kinda of birds have been swarming. I was walking through the neighborborhood and stopped to watch them and a few came down a little lower into the trees and I was surprised to see that they are Robins! Hundreds of Robins!! I have a hard time believing that spring is right around the corner though.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone! Looking forward to a great year full of kritters!!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to everyone!! Be careful if you're traveling and if you're not, then keep warm and enjoy this time with family and friends.

Friday, November 24, 2017

The Coming of Winter

I don't know if it's specifically my area, but the forecasters are becoming horrible at forecasting the weather. We do have two local guys who are really good so I can rely on them. Before the days of meteorology, people relied on cues from nature. They looked at the skies and animals for ideas about what the weather would do. I remember when my kids were little, we would frequently pass a field of cows and if they were all lying down, then I would exclaim 'It's gonna rain today!'. It generally would and the kids were amazed. I learned when I was young that cows lying down is a sign of rain along with a significant amount of birds on telephone lines and leaves upturned and the smell in the air. Bad weather can be forecasted with a ring around the moon. I can always tell it's going to really snow if I see that ring. Signs are all around. You just have to know what to look for.

With that being said. I live in Maryland and it is considered a 'mid-atlantic' state because the North doesn't recognize us and neither does the South. We are the northern most southern state since the Mason Dixon line runs between us and Pennsylvania. I love Maryland and have been born and raised here! Unfortunately, we are in the middle of just about everything. We have farmers and watermen, mountains and beaches, crazy humid hot and crazy icy cold. We also have some crazy mixed up weather. I love to look at forecasts for the coming winters because I am infatuated with snow. Love the stuff! Maryland can never get a straight answer. This year I hear, cold and above normal snow in the north, warmer and less precipitation in the south...the mid-atlantic...equal. So I have to make my own predictions based on the animals around me.

My son is a waterman and the crabs disappeared quite quick this year. Last year we had crabs for Thanksgiving. This year he felt bad for the two crabs he caught 2 weeks ago and let them go. Outside I'm seeing tons of fat squirrels. I didn't know we had so many squirrels in our area! They are busy too! Even my oldest cat has gotten noticeably fluffy recently. I really thinking it's going to be a cold winter. I don't know about snow. We generally don't get too much. I live on a Peninsula too so that cuts our chances even more.

So that is my prediction for southern Maryland (we have different weather than the north believe it or not):
Bitter cold
Long winter
Average to slightly higher snow fall

Let's see how I do just reading the Kritters around me! 😉

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Butterfly Monarch!

I do believe that this is the first Monarch butterfly that I have seen and what a ham she is!! Every time I think I've found find out it's a Viceroy. Don't know the difference? Check out below.