Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Hunter, at ten, was the youngest participant in the class. His classes went from 5:30 pm through 9 pm. He attended all three days by himself while Joy, Brittney, Walker and myself went to Pittsboro or Asheboro or stayed around Siler City and burned up time shopping or just kicking around. Tonight was the last night, and Hunter was excited as he would get to take the test tonight. He was confident that he would do well, as he listened intently during the class periods. When the test was over, he had made 100! According to his instructer, he was the only one. Woo Hoo Hunter.
It has been good to see Hunter excited about taking this class. I think we are seeing something of his future today. He excels when something grabs his attention. He also doesn't seem to mind putting himself in groups with more experience and age. I hope that Hunter can take what he has learned here and have a lifetime of safe hunting experiences!
The above is a picture of Hunter at the classroom in Siler City. Congratulations Hunter!
Monday, December 29, 2008
I know, because I see it every day. I know that this is what brother's are supposed to do, but not all do it. You can see that Hunter is protective and kind to Walker and in Walker, it is admiration for Hunter that shows. They just love doing things together.
They both like gadgets!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
meetings during the days, but Hunter and I got to roam around the
downtown area, seeing the sights and eating the goodies. We walked a
long ways, but saw a lot. It was great fun and we would like to do it
again. Look out, Gloria! You may be getting house guests.
Hunter and I lost on the Metro. Trying to buy tickets while knowing nothing. Finally found a friendly face that helped us out.
Joy showing her stuff on the ice. She was looking pretty good if I do say so. A real snow bunny. MY snow bunny.
Here I am on the ice trying to show off for my wife. Is it working Joy? Boy that ice is harder than it looks!
Hunter on the mall at dusk. We had a great day, although Hunter said
that I stayed way too long in the history museum. I just had to see
those ruby red slippers.
Joy and Hunter in front of the White House and beside the national Christmas tree.
Monday, December 22, 2008
Sparta was also fun. Just big enough to have some places to hang out and a few restaurants, but still "local". There are several gift/art shops in town and a coffee shop (with WIFI, woo hoo!). I am beginning to make it a favorite destination. Expect to see me back. Also, the drive approaches being perfect. It is only 2.5 hours and is very scenic, goes by Greensboro, has a stop off at Pilot Mountain State Park for Scenic views and a stop off at the town of Pilot Mountain for more diversions and an excellent restaurant.
So thank you Joy for a wonderful birthday and excellent companionship!
The Mahogany Rock House
The View from our house
Joy on Pilot Mountain
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
As usual, the family took a little trip to Ocracoke Island this fall. The weather was great, the company was excellent and the fishing was fair. All in all, very good! We always enjoy the time with our family, but also sharing it with the Greens. Ray stayed with us and Steven, Jerry, Katherine, Ruth and Trevor were on the next street.I am including a little gaggle of photos for review. These are some highlights. Enjoy them! Next year, maybe you will want to go?Tim
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Sunday, June 15, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Brown Headed Cowbird Male
Cowbirds which are native to the American Great Plains, are birds which lay their eggs in a host bird's nest and allow the host to raise their young. Often, the cowbird chick is larger and more aggressive than the host and either out competes the host chick or simply pushes them out of the nest. Their favorite target is the various migratory tropical species that love to nest around my house, species that are already under real pressure due to habitat destruction, etc.
Cowbird egg in host nest
Cowbirds are not native to this part of North Carolina. They have moved in as deforestation has occurred and we resemble their native prairie. As they have moved in, their ways have decimated many of the afore mentioned species. I try to help them by shooting the female birds around my feeders. The females are easily recognizable by their gray color.
I use a pellet gun and am able to get them about half the time without disturbing the other birds too much. By this time of the year, there is a decided shift to more males than females around my feeders. Cowbirds are not particularly cautious! Hopefully I can save a few of our rare birds from this interloper.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Anyhow, this is a picture from a month or so ago of a deer (there were many of them) in our yard. They have no fear! It looks as if none were shot this year, but I know that that is not so. They come out at least twice a day to eat at the corn feeder. Maybe we will get a few next year. No chance that I will be able to have a garden this year!