|We have several varieties of day lilies. I think I like this one the best|
|our pond is filling up from all the rain|
|hibiscus is finally flowering more regularly|
|something bit Maya. If the swelling and redness goes beyond the black dots, she is to return to the ER|
having fun on her frog at her pool
Some baby birds appear larger than their parents due to their fluffy feathers. Still a mother sparrow was feeding an insistent baby that was twice her size this morning. Cowbirds, the worst mom of the animal kingdom. They lay their eggs in others' nest and the newborn cowbird grabs all the food starving its nest mates. According to the bird lady of the bird walk I took a few weeks ago, if a song sparrow detects a larger than usual egg in its nest, it moves on and starts over. But we have house sparrows and chipping sparrows at our feeder who do not discriminate. We have an over population of house sparrows as it is who are responsible for declining bluebird numbers.
On the walk, I mumbled something about disliking cowbirds. A man nearby said he was glad to hear me say that. He had made a similar comment in front of another birder once who attacked him for having favorites. I wonder if she is just as excited to see a grackle (too common) versus a red headed woodpecker (rare in these parts but the mom on the farm has them).
I started my bike ride yesterday heading west with a giant full moon front and center. Still annoyed about my favorite loop being closed off. I headed north to the rail-trail near Josh's house. We had used it on the very first Michigander in 1992 when he was just 10. Sadly, I don't think it is maintained much as sections of it are very bumpy. Also every half mile, I have to slow down as I cross an intersection which breaks my rhythm and makes me miss the 10 miles of no slowing down at all of my previous path. Then it headed due east right into the sun. Blinded, I turned around. But a deer hopped in front of me as well as a small coyote. For the first 10 days of July, I rode almost 150 miles so I think I am ready for next week's ride.
I've been having a bit of a pity party. Texts unreturned, wah, wah. No phone calls, wah-wah. No grandbabies this weekend, wah-wah. This will pass.
And to cheer me up, we watched 'The Keepers" or 2/7 of it. OMG, the Church can hold such evil.